Spring 2016
Dean's Perspective

synapse: University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine

Illustrating What Makes the School of Medicine Special

Thomas L. Schwenk, M.D.In this issue of Synapse, we answer the questions, "What makes the University of Nevada School of Medicine great? What makes it special?" There are many ways to answer this question, but the stories in this issue are a good place to start.

The short answer is the commitment of so many faculty and staff members-full-time and volunteer, in Reno and Las Vegas, in the basic sciences and clinical sciences-to teaching our students and residents, volunteering for special programs like the Student Outreach Clinic and Volunteers in Medicine of Southern Nevada, providing career advice, developing innovative educational programs and providing leadership to our continued growth and development.

In this issue of Synapse, you can learn about new department chairs who have been recruited, all leaders from within the School of Medicine or our major partner Renown Health. These leaders have emerged to provide new directions and ideas to critical programs in surgery, microbiology and neurology.

You will also learn about rural physicians who provide critical educational experiences for students and residents, contributions by the Department of Family Medicine in Las Vegas to the medical care of adults with developmental disabilities at Opportunity Village, the progress in launching a new program to train physician assistants who are so badly needed in Nevada, and the ways that School of Medicine alumni contribute to our success.

These are but a few of many examples of the amazing contributions made every day by members of the University of Nevada School of Medicine family to our mission of improving health and healthcare in Nevada.

Thomas L. Schwenk, M.D.
Professor, Family and Community Medicine
Dean, University of Nevada School of Medicine
Vice President, Division of Health Sciences