Winter 2019
Class Updates

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Class of 2020 Group Photo

View photos from UNR Med's Family Day and White Coat Ceremony | Photo: Brin Reynolds

    • CLASS OF 2022 by the numbers
    • 1,268 total applicants
    • 30 male 40 female
    • 90% call Nevada home
    • Ages range from 20-42
    • 1/3 are first-generation students
    • 21 languages spoken

Class of 2022 | First Years

By: Rachael White, MS I

The class of 2022 is the first UNR Med class to be graded on the pass/fail system. Despite only needing 70 percent to pass a block, our entire class passed Block 1 with an average of 85 percent. Following the block, a potluck was hosted by Cynthia Mastick, Ph.D., associate professor of biochemistry and molecular biology. We were able to decompress, enjoy homemade food and spend time with instructors David Fiore, M.D., professor of family and community medicine, and Kevin Facemyer, Ph.D., research assistant professor of pharmacology.

Participating in a variety of wellness activities and organizing puppy playdates among classmates created space to cope with stress during the busy semester. Our class participated in a pumpkin carving contest, hosted by the Wellness Committee, and threw our own Halloween party, with attendance from all four classes of med students.Natasha McGlaun and Katrina Marks attended the American Medical Association Medical Student Section Interim Meeting (AMA-MSS) Nov. 8-10 in Washington, D.C. to present and defend a resolution to provide health care resources to children of incarcerated parents, which passed with flying colors. The resolution will now move to the physician cohort of the AMA for consideration.As we continue our studies, many of us are beginning to consider UNR Med, Savitt Medical Library or coffee shops second homes, since most of our time is consumed with studying.

class of 2022 holding white coat signs


Class of 2021 | Second Years

By: Riana Cerceo, MS II

class of 2021 working in the lab and balloon racesMany of our classmates presented posters and delivered oral presentations during UNR Med Research Day on Nov. 5. The first-place oral presentation was awarded to Martin Azzam and our very own Megan Mosca, while firstplace poster presentation was awarded to second-year student, John-Henry Lambin. Honorable mentions and finalist placements recognized the hard work of Haviva Kobany, Nicole Delos Santos, Tyler Allen and Molly Svendsen.

Most students used the summer to complete preceptorships in fields of interest and/ or participate in research programs. A group of classmates traveled to the Dominican Republic, where they volunteered within the community, ran a medical clinic and conducted research on hypertension, diabetes and the area's diet. And four class members got married over the summer - congratulations to Laura Moles, Kyle Norton, Connor Talbott and John Rolshoven.As second-year students, we hold most leadership positions within student interest groups, supplemental instruction, the student outreach clinic, clubs and committees- which keeps everyone busy on top of studying for our first board exam. Our exams are no longer written by our professors. Instead, exams are composed of recycled board questions to help prepare us for the caliber of questions that will be on Step 1.The SOC has grown and changed a lot since the beginning of this year. Our board created several new leadership positions to allow for more student involvement and community outreach: efficiency managers, rural clinic managers and vasectomy clinic managers.Several first-year curriculum components have been developed and implemented by current second-year students. The Medical Nutrition Initiative Committee is working together with the faculty, administration and students to integrate culinary medicine content into the existing UNR Med first-year curriculum. In addition, Morgan Derby put together a CPR certification program for all first-year students to complete during MedFit orientation.


Class of 2020 | Third Years

By: Patrick Mullet, MS III

class of 2020 at lake tahoeThe class of 2020 can be summed up with two words; "excellent vision" (20-20... get it?!). While this academic year has brought class members into the uncharted territories of "the wards," we continue to envision our success.

Exploring the hallways of hospitals, developing rapport with physicians, meeting with complex patients and managing to cram studies into the evenings, there are few opportunities to reminisce on fond memories and accomplishments from this year. The third year is about seeing that practicing medicine encompasses the complex dynamics of human emotion beyond the linear confines of our current understanding of human physiology.The class of 2020 continuously seeks new opportunities, making advances in the fields of OB/GYN, dermatology, orthopedics, cardiology, bariatric and general surgery, neonatology and global health. We have played a crucial role in recent positive changes to the curriculum and are leading the way on projects such as anemia in third world populations and the novel cannabinoid hyperemesis syndrome.In addition to being active in their hospitals, the class of 2020 knows how to have fun outside of the classroom. Our favorite class activity is floating the Truckee River together, as well as playing intramural sports, cooking together and participating in the Medical Wilderness Adventure Race.The class of 2020 is blinded by how quickly the last two and a half years have gone by, but we're prepared to make fourth-year the best yet, in order to match into the residencies of our choice.We are so lucky to call each other colleagues - this incredible, empathic, intelligent, capable, fun, and goofy team we have. If you think the class of 2020 is done growing, just watch us continue to thrive.


Class of 2019 | Fourth Years

By: Tim Grunert, MS IV

class of 2019 in Virginia CityTo say the class of 2019 has been busy this semester would be an understatement. Despite away rotations and interviews for residency, some of UNR Med's fourth-year med students find their way back home each week to teach the first year Practice of Medicine course. In addition to passing our knowledge on to first-year medical students, these weekly meetings provide an opportunity for us to catch up with one another and attain some much needed socialization.

The class of 2019 has a multitude of events planned for our final semester of medical school - from Match Day in March to their Hooding Ceremony in May. We've worked diligently to strengthen the relationship between students and the School of Medicine Alumni Association.

Congratulations to two of our class members, Phillip Breslow and Tim Grunert, who were selected to participate in the American Medical Association Foundation's highly competitive Leadership Development Institute (see a photo of the full cohort above). The year-long program offers medical students entering their final year of instruction the opportunity to attend a weekend of intensive, hands-on training, participation in quarterly web conferences, access to structured one-on-one mentorship with practicing physicians who are members of the AMA House of Delegates, and much more. According to AMAF, the Institute offers fourth-year medical students unique opportunities to gain individualized insight into the field of medicine, allowing them to become better leaders in their careers and communities.