Spring 2016
News and Notes

synapse: University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine

Adam Kirosingh

Microbiology Student to Compete at National Conference

Adam Kirosingh, an undergraduate student at the University of Nevada, Reno, received a fellowship grant from the American Society of Molecular Biology to further his microbiology research in preparation for the society's 2016 conference.

The fellowship grant is aimed at highly competitive students who wish to pursue graduate careers in microbiology. Fellows have the opportunity to conduct full-time summer research at their home institution and present their research results at the 2016 American Society of Molecular Biology microbe meeting in Boston this June.

The grant Kirosingh received consists of a research stipend that will be distributed as he works on his project, and a travel stipend that will cover conference travel expenses for both Kirosingh and his mentor, David AuCoin, Ph.D. Story by Jordan Miszlay

Medical School has a "Best Diet" Program

A program offered by the Wellness and Weight Management Center and created by HMR Weight Management Services has been named a number one best fast weight-loss diet in U.S. News & World Report's Best Diets of 2016. The programs focus on helping people lose weight quickly while teaching the healthy lifestyle skills needed for long-term weight management. The Wellness and Weight Management Center has offered the program for 12 years to those interested in losing weight.

Reno Pediatrics Joins Renown Medical Group

The school's pediatrics office at 901 East Second Street, Suite 200 in Reno, previously part of the school's clinical practice, has joined Renown Medical Group. The change was effective Sept. 1, 2015 and follows the partnership agreement between the School of Medicine and Renown Health.

Nevada's Office of Traffic Safety Awards Grant

The Nevada Department of Public Safety Office of Traffic Safety awarded a grant in the amount of $190,289 to Deborah A. Kuhls, M.D., FACS, FCCM, principal investigator, and Nadia Fulkerson, MPH, former co-investigator of the school's Center for Traffic Safety Research for the 2015-16 grant year to continue maintaining its database.

OB/GYN Clerkship Established in Reno

The School of Medicine's Reno obstetrics and gynecology clerkship has arrived, offering medical students the opportunity to learn from Renown Medical Group - Women's Health physicians including Myron Bethel, M.D.; Susan Hsu, M.D.; Scott Jacobs, M.D.; Vickie Tippett, M.D.; Maria Sheila Torres, M.D.; Arathi Veeraswamy, M.D. and Amy Condon, M.D. Charles Johnson, M.D., has been named clerkship director. This is the sixth clerkship based in Reno, completing the full complement of clerkships required for medical education.

School, UMC Awarded Surgical Robot Grant

The school's surgery and obstetrics and gynecology departments and University Medical Center in Las Vegas were awarded a grant by Intuitive Surgical for the advancement of robotic-assisted minimally invasive surgery. Surgical robotic technology allows patients to have shorter recovery times, less scarring and improved outcomes over traditional procedures. Shawn Tsuda, M.D., and Heidi Ryan, M.D., Division of Minimally Invasive Surgery; Nadia Gomez, M.D., Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology; Ovunc Bardiocioglu, M.D., Division of Colorectal Surgery; and Randy St. Hill, M.D., Division of Surgical Oncology, submitted three distinct research proposals that will utilize the da Vinci Xi surgical console, the "command center" of a robotic surgical system.

Project ECHO Thanks Partners, Staff

The School of Medicine showed its appreciation for its Project ECHO team as staff members and clinicians attended an awards reception in February. The event served to publicly recognize and acknowledge the community leaders, clinical partners and organizations that sustain Project ECHO. It was the first time since the program started four years ago that the entire team was able to gather. Project ECHO is a simple telehealth linkage connecting university-based faculty specialists to primary care providers in rural and underserved areas to extend specialty care to patients with chronic, costly and complex medical illnesses. The University of Nevada School of Medicine held its first clinic in 2012 and since then, has logged more than 1,500 patient care hours. It has been able to provide those patient care hours working in cooperation with partners such as Nevada Rural Hospital Partners, Renown Health, GI Consultants, Digestive Health Associates, Division of Public and Behavioral Health and Community Health Alliance.

Project Medical Education Offers Insight Into Medical School

The school hosted "the career of a medical student in a day" informational program, called Project Medical Education Nevada, for about 16 selected government and community leaders in Reno in February. Project Medical Education guided participants through a compressed syllabus of the four-year medical school experience including the admissions process, anatomy laboratory and clinical shadowing experience of the third and fourth years. It culminated in the residency match process when participants learned where they will receive their resident training.