Winter 2019
Top 10 2018 Takeaways

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top 10 2018 takeaways - Dr. Schwenk at podium

Thomas L. Schwenk, M.D., University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine dean, delivered UNR Med's annual State of the School Address Sept. 24, 2018 inside Basin Street Stadium Club at Mackay Stadium. Photo: Brin Reynolds

As we head into 2019, we reflect on a few highlights from 2018 that were transformative to our school and communities we serve.

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UNR Med, in partnership with Renown Health, launched the first Physician Assistant Studies Program in the Nevada System of Higher Education, a program that will help address the critical need for more health care clinicians in Nevada. The first class of 24 students began instruction in July 2018 and will graduate workforce ready in August 2020.

UNR Med's new department of OB/GYN opened a Women's Health Center, an outpatient clinic on the University campus providing obstetrical, gynecological and midwifery care to women in Reno and northern Nevada.

In collaboration with community health care partners, UNR Med launched a Reno-based Department of Surgery to keep pace with the increasing level of student interest in surgical careers. The department's programs provide medical students with enhanced hospital and clinic-based education at Renown Health, the VA Sierra Nevada Health Care System and offices of outstanding northern Nevadabased surgical groups.

In partnership with Nevada Health Centers, UNR Med started a new Elko Family Residency Program, expanding the school's rural campus and commitment to providing high quality health care to rural Nevadans. The program has four residents and will expand to six residents in July 2019, serving primary care needs of patients in Elko and the surrounding area.

UNR Med alumni now represent a quarter of all physicians practicing in northern Nevada, helping to meet the area's health care needs with more available physicians and health care services.

All UNR Med clinical clerkships are provided in northern Nevada for the first time in the school's history. Clerkships include neurology, internal medicine, family medicine, psychiatry, pediatrics, OB/GYN and surgery.

UNR Med surpassed its goal of increasing clinical community faculty members from 775 in 2017 to more than 1,000 in 2018. Clinical community faculty are pivotal in UNR Med student and resident education as they guide learners with practical knowledge and skills in a wide variety of practice environments.

The School of Medicine acquired a building at 745 West Moana Lane with plans for a new multispecialty clinical practice and clinical education space, providing patient-centric clinical services to the community and expanding medical education opportunities. The facility is projected to open by spring 2020.

Diversity and inclusion continues to remain at the forefront of UNR Med's faculty, staff, student and resident recruitment and retention. The class of 2022 consists of 40 women and 30 men (60 percent women). Students range in age from 20 to 42 years old.

We kicked off a year-long 50th anniversary celebration, that will culminate with the Golden Gala on Saturday, March 16. In addition, we unveiled a 50th anniversary website reflecting the developments and achievements of the School of Medicine since its establishment. We encourage you to tour the website at for more about UNR Med's anniversary, including a historic timeline, oral histories and upcoming events.