Winter 2019
Community physicians give back, train future physicians at the Student Outreach Clinic

synapse: University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine

By Rachel Myers

Year after year, future physicians learn the compassionate practice of medicine at the Student Outreach Clinic (SOC), providing quality medical care to the underserved at no charge. Decades of community care and medical training can be credited to the financial support of local individuals and organizations, the enthusiasm and leadership of UNR Med learners and the dedication of those physician volunteers who devote their time to improving health care in Nevada.

As a community-based medical school, the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine relies heavily on physicians who teach our learners in the Student Outreach Clinic, as well as in their own practices. To learn more, contact April Heiselt, Ph.D., director of the Office for Community Faculty, (775) 682-7684 or, or visit the Office for Community Faculty Website.

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Karen Abbott, M.D.

Dr. Abbott is the primary women's clinic physician volunteer for the SOC. Volunteering since 2005, she loves teaching and working with young up-and-coming physicians. During the winter months, Dr. Abbott resides in Mexico, spending her spare time cooking, playing golf, and spoiling her cat, Marco Antonio. When in Reno, Dr. Abbott covers the women's SOC, teaches suturing and knot tying, supervises physical exams for third-year students and helps students prepare for residency position interviews.

Dr. Dieringer

Aaron Dieringer, '15 M.D., '19R

Dr. Dieringer has volunteered at the SOC since 2011, when he was a first-year medical student. Dr. Dieringer volunteers to provide primary care to a patient population that has nowhere else to turn and to make an early impact on medical students, watching them grow into competent fourth-year medical students. Currently chief resident for UNR Med, Dr. Dieringer volunteers with the SOC a couple times per month. He spends his free time outdoors, volunteering with the Great Reno Balloon Races and their flight operations, as well as flying gliders and hot air balloons.

dr Hovenic skiing with family

Whitney Hovenic, '08 M.D.

Dr. Hovenic has volunteered as a dermatologist for the SOC since fall 2014, working with two second-year medical students to establish a dermatology clinic. Four years later, the dermatology SOC is still going strong, thanks to the efforts of determined medical students and volunteer physicians. Dr. Hovenic enjoys working with medical students, contributing to their dermatology exposure and education. While the dermatology clinic only happens quarterly, Dr. Hovenic volunteers as much as she is able. Dr. Hovenic spends her free time with her family - avid skiers who love to travel.