Division Dialogue

Division Dialogue

Fall 2012

Message from Vice President Thomas L. Schwenk, M.D.

Thomas L. Schwenk, M.D.

As we all know, the Division of Health Sciences reflects an intersection of many health care and professional disciplines, leading to many potential partnerships and opportunities for teamwork in research, education and service that can improve the health, health care and quality of life for the people of Nevada.

I am always excited to learn of new examples of these important collaborations. Most recently, the Center for the Application of Substance Abuse Technologies (CASAT) received a grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to implement a new alcohol screening and brief intervention program that is based in four University of Nevada School of Medicine clinics statewide (see full story below). This work has the potential to enhance the ability of primary care physicians and clinicians to screen for excessive alcohol use and exemplifies how we can leverage the interdisciplinary nature of DHS with innovative research and program development.

Similarly, the School of Social Work is working with the School of Medicine to implement the use of standardized patients and clinical simulation technology in their undergraduate and graduate curriculum, as a result of the inter-professional training for faculty that took place last year. Utilizing the facility and faculty expertise that has been developed in the Schools of Medicine and Nursing, the new curriculum contributes to the goal of a competency-based education for all DHS students.

I encourage you to be thinking always about the ways that interdisciplinary research, teaching and practice can contribute to new and innovative approaches to improving health and healthcare in Nevada.

Tom

News from Division of Health Sciences Units

C.A.S.A.T. receives alcohol screening grant

The Center for the Application of Substance Abuse Technologies (CASAT), a unit of the University of Nevada Division of Health Sciences, is on the forefront of early detection of alcohol abuse, ranked as one of the nation's leading causes of chronic disease and mortality. CASAT recently received additional help in its mission through a $384,760 two-year grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The grant funds a new alcohol screening and brief intervention (SBI) program at four University of Nevada School of Medicine clinics statewide.

"CASAT is excited about the opportunity to work with four of the University of Nevada School of Medicine 's primary care clinics, including the Family Medicine Center, Student Outreach Clinic and Student Health Center in Reno and the Women's Healthcare Center in Las Vegas," said Nancy A. Roget, executive director of CASAT. "By providing state-of-the-art training and education for clinic staff, as well as University of Nevada medical and nursing students, we are confident that the lessons learned from this project will help clinics everywhere adopt SBI as a routine primary care service," she added.

Collaborative nursing doctoral program receives accreditation

The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education has awarded initial accreditation to the University of Nevada Doctor of Nursing Practice program. The program is a collaborative venture between the University of Nevada, Reno and UNLV.

Operation HealthCare Bound event attracts 450 students

More than 450 middle and high school students and their parents attended the fifth annual Operation Health Care Bound event on September 29, held at the Joe Crowley Student Union. The event was sponsored by the University of Nevada School of Medicine, Nevada Institute of Nursing and Washoe County Career and Technical Education. Event participants, predominately in middle and high school, learned about educational opportunities and programs throughout the state, spoke with health care professionals from a variety of disciplines, learned about the importance of volunteering and participated in many innovative hands-on activities. Operation Health Care Bound, planned by various agencies, aims to excite students about health care career options for the future.

RSVP Honorees
From left to right: Katie Pace, Regional Representative for Senator Dean Heller; volunteer awardee Steve Burns, Vaughn Middle School, WCSD; community awardee; Ceci Martin of Five Star Premier Residences of Reno; presenter Craig Warner, Nevada State Director for CNCS; volunteer awardee Leslyn Raso, Senior Outreach Services; and Susan Lisagor, Regional Representative for Senator Harry Reid

RSVP luncheon celebrates the impact of volunteers

The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) of Washoe County celebrated the impact of its volunteers in the community at the annual Volunteer Recognition Luncheon held November 2 at John Ascuaga's Nugget. More than 325 volunteers and university and community leaders attended the event emceed by Kristen Remington, KTVN Channel 2 news anchor, and led by RSVP Director Scott Trevithick. RSVP is sponsored by the University's Sanford Center for Aging and engages adults 55 and older in volunteer service to meet community needs.

School of Medicine's Nevada Tobacco User Hotline receives funding

The Nevada Tobacco User's Helpline (NTUH) has received a $462,065 grant from Nevada State Health Division, Bureau of Child Family and Community Wellness, Tobacco Education and Prevention Program to continue serving as the State of Nevada Quitline for tobacco and nicotine dependence for fiscal year 2013. Nevadans seeking help may call (800) QUIT-NOW or (800) 784-8669 to receive a free and confidential one-time brief intervention counseling session with a quit kit and a two-week supply of NRT patches. NTUH hours of operations are from 10am to 8pm Mondays - Thursdays, and 10am - 2pm on Fridays. NTUH has served as the State of Nevada Quitline since 1997.

School of Medicine selected as AAMC pilot program site

The University of Nevada School of Medicine, along with several other medical schools, was selected by the AAMC to pilot a program that awards preceptors CME credit for teaching medical students. At the School of Medicine, volunteer community preceptors teaching the practice of medicine course (history and physical examination skills) document how much time they spend learning while teaching medical students.

"For instance, if a preceptor reviews diagnostic criteria and recent developments in treatment in order to teach the student more about a patient they are seeing together, or if the preceptor reads about giving effective feedback to the student-those are activities for which they can earn CME," explained Jennifer Hagen, M.D.'93, associate dean for faculty development. If the pilot is successful, the AAMC may institute this program nationally. In the interim, Hagen said this program is a good way for the School of Medicine to give something back to the physicians who contribute so much to student education and is a tangible recognition of their efforts. The CME credit also would be applied for volunteer community physicians who teach residents.

Dean Schwenk Lecturing
Vice President and Dean Thomas Schwenk speaks about depression to seniors.

Senior Outreach Services holds educational talk series

The Senior Outreach Services (SOS), part of the Sanford Center for Aging, sponsored a series of educational talks for seniors, volunteers, clients, and members of the community and campus. The presentations were held in the Laxalt Auditorium at the UNR Nelson Building and included a presentation from Stephanie Asteriadis, M.A., C.P.S., CASAT on "Addictions People Might Not Know They Have… or Are They Really Addictions?" A comprehensive information folder with relevant resources also was given to each of the 85 informed and attentive participants.

Thomas L. Schwenk, M.D., vice president, Division of Health Sciences and dean, School of Medicine, also presented "Getting Old Doesn't Have To Be Depressing!" The talk focused on how depression presents in the elderly, the types of symptoms that may affect patients and the types of treatments that are available.

Office of Continuing Medical Education produces two conferences in fall

The School of Medicine's Office of Continuing Medical Education (CME) produced and coordinated the Washoe County Obesity Forum and the Nevada Public Health Association Annual Conference. The Washoe County Obesity Forum was held September 19 in Reno with 175 educators, healthcare professionals and individuals from community organizations in attendance. The forum is a collaboration with the Washoe County Health District. School of Medicine presenters included Karmella Thomas, RD, CDE, Maureen Molini-Blandford, MPH, RD, CSSD, Barbara Kohlenberg, Ph.D. and Jeremy Matuszak, M.D.

The Office of CME partnered on October 4-5 with the Nevada Public Health Association to produce its annual conference. This year's conference was held in Las Vegas with the theme Blazing New Trails in Nevada Public Health. John Packham, Ph.D., Office of Statewide Initiatives, serves as the current president of the association and co-presented with Wei Yang, Ph. D., professor, School of Community Health Sciences on "Northern Nevada Community health needs assessment." Presentations also were given by School of Community Health Sciences faculty members Paul Devereux, Ph.D. on "Using community engagement methods and patient navigators to increase colon cancer screening and quality of screening preparation" and Daniel Cook, Ph.D., on "Standards for health-related ethnicity data: A systematic review and proposed SHRED statement for improved reporting. " School of Community Sciences Director, Trudy Larson, M.D. presented "Statewide HIV needs in Nevada: Stakeholders key in identifying policy and legislative needs."

Members of the committee
From left to right: Jim Miller, CEO Renown Health System; Debra Scott, Executive Director of the Nevada State Board of Nursing; Jeff Stout, CNO, Renown Regional Medical Center; Patsy Ruchala, Director and Professor, Orvis School of Nursing, University of Nevada, Reno; and Greg Boyer, CEO of Renown Regional Medical Center.

Ruchala celebrates with Renown

Patsy Ruchala, DNSc, RN, director and professor, Orvis School of Nursing, serves on the Community Advisory Committee for Renown Regional Medical Center and attended a recent event to celebrate Renown's designation as a "Pathways to Excellence" hospital for nursing care.

Altick receives national award at Neuroscience meeting

Amy Altick, Ph.D., lecturer, department of biology, received on October 14 the prestigious "Next Generation Award" before 6,000 neuroscientists at the Annual Meeting of the Society for Neuroscience in New Orleans. This award is given annually to recognize efforts in education and outreach in neuroscience. Altick received the honor for her work as a postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Physiology and Cell Biology at University of Nevada School of Medicine. In addition to doing research at University of Nevada School of Medicine, Amy has served in the past four years as Treasurer and Secretary of the Sierra Nevada Chapter of the Society for Neuroscience. She has organized dozens of brain awareness activities. The president of the Society for Neuroscience praised specifically Amy's efforts spanning the entire state of Nevada, working with her local chapter to increase brain awareness in the state.

Sanders serves on Performance Health Scientific Committee

Mary Sanders, Ph.D., served on the 2012 Scientific Advisory Board at the 14th Annual Performance Health Scientific Committee and presented key findings on her clinical program outcomes on obesity, exercise and mobility.

Thomas earns CDE designation

The National Certification Board for Diabetes Educators (NCBDE) announced that Karmella T. Thomas, R.D., Wellness and Weight Management Clinic, achieved Certified Diabetes Educator® (CDE®) status by successfully completing the Certification Examination for Diabetes Educators. Candidates must meet rigorous eligibility requirements to be able to take the examination. Achieving certification status demonstrates to patients and employers that the health care professional possesses distinct and specialized knowledge, thereby promoting quality of care for people with diabetes.

Kohlenberg guest professor in Colombia

Barbara Kohlenberg, Ph.D., associate professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, served this summer as an invited professor at the Fundacion Universitaria Konrad Lorenz in Bogota, Colombia. She taught a course to graduate students and professionals, focusing on functional analytic psychotherapy, a behavioral psychotherapy centering on learning theory and principles and applying these principles to outpatient psychotherapy. FAP therapy is considered a "third wave" behavioral therapy and is part of the discipline that also encompasses acceptance and commitment therapy and dialectical behavior therapy. FAP focuses on the therapy relationship as a vehicle to shape more effective interpersonal behaviors, specifically emphasizing improved emotional intimacy, values and living deeply and meaningfully. Kohlenberg has co-authored a book on the topic and has written many chapters in this area. She also has been an investigator and a co-investigator on NIH grants addressing treatment development in the areas of substance abuse, shame and burnout.

Hogan named a 'top physician' by Consumers' Research Council

Mary Beth Hogan, M.D., pediatrics professor specializing in immunology in Reno, was named as a top pediatrician by the independent Consumer Research Council.

Las Vegas faculty members named 'top doctors' by U.S. News & World Report

Twenty eight School of Medicine full-time faculty members in Las Vegas were recently listed in the U.S. News & World Report's Top Doctors list. Listed by specialty, those named are:

  • Surgeons: Leslie Browder, M.D.; Kayvan Taghipour-Khiabani, M.D.; Daniel Kirgan, M.D.; Deborah Kuhls, M.D.; John Menezes, M.D.; Matthew Ng, M.D.; Tsung O-Lee, M.D.; Robert Wang, M.D.; William Zamboni, M.D.
  • Family Medicine: Thomas Hunt, M.D.; Elissa Palmer, M.D.
  • Internal Medicine: Eric Farbman, M.D.; David Ginsburg, M.D.; Chakravarthy Kannan, M.D.; Christian Stone, M.D.; John Varras, M.D.; Sandyha Gururaj Wahi, M.D.
  • Pediatricians: Ezeanolue Echezona, M.D.; Johanna Fricke, M.D.; Renu Jain, M.D.; Kami Larsen, M.D.; Colleen Morris, M.D.; Beverly Neyland, M.D.; David Parks, M.D.; Pisespong Patamasucon, M.D.; Rola Saad, M.D.
  • Obstetrics/Gynecology: Milka Torbarina, M.D.
  • Psychiatry: Constance Kalinowski, M.D.

The following physicians were honored in additional publications:

  • 2012 Top Doc in Las Vegas Life Magazine: Jeffrey Ng, M.D., (Family Medicine), Alvin Lin M.D. (Family Medicine, Geriatric Medicine).
  • Seven Magazine's 2012 Top Doctors: Tom Hunt M.D., and Elissa Palmer M.D., (Family Medicine).
  • The Nevada Academy of Family Practice also awarded 2012 Community Family Doctor of the year to Family Medicine Residency Director, Aaron Rodgers, D.O.

Parcells named 2012 Social Worker of the Year in Nevada

Congratulations to Jim Parcells, director of Mojave Mental Health, who was named the National Association of Social Workers' 2012 NASW Social Worker of the Year for Nevada. He began his social work career at Southern Nevada Adult Mental Health Services, then co-founded and subsequently directed Mojave Adult, Child and Family Services, where he has worked since 1992. This organization is a Medicaid provider for severely mentally ill adults and severely emotionally disturbed children. Parcells was an administrator at Sears for 18 years and ran a private business as an adolescent treatment home provider for eight years. He has served as vice president of NASW Nevada and on the annual conference committee for several years.

Yan named academic editor for journal

Wei Yan, M.D., Ph.D., associate professor, Department of Physiology & Cell Biology, School of Medicine, has been selected to serve as the academic editor for the journal PLoS ONE. PLoS ONE (eISSN-1932-6203) is an international, peer-reviewed, open-access online publication. PLoS ONE publishes original research from all disciplines within science and medicine. Dr. Yan will handle manuscripts on gamete biology, noncoding RNAs, early embryonic development and epigenetics. Dr. Yan also serves as an editorial board member of three major reproductive biology journals, including Biology of Reproduction, Molecular and Cellular Endocrinology and Asian Journal of Andrology.

Brown becomes member of American College of Psychiatrists

Greg Brown, M.D., chair of psychiatry in Las Vegas, has been invited to become a member of the American College of Psychiatrists. Only a limited number of academic psychiatrists nationwide are accepted as members of the group. He will receive his membership at the ACP meeting in February, 2013.

Pennington invited to attend international forum on ultrasound

James Pennington, RDMS, lead perinatal sonographer and clinical instructor of Advanced Ultrasound Applications in Obstetric Ultrasound with the Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine in Las Vegas, has been invited to the International Forum on Medical Ultrasound hosted by the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine. The gathering takes place this month in New York City. Pennington is a member of the Board of Governors of the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine and has been a national speaker for several years. He is one of less than ten non-physician medical sonographers in the United States to have been invited to this important meeting.

Alumnus earns award

Matthew Boulton, M.D.'87, earned this year's Association of Schools of Public Health/Pfizer Faculty Award for Excellence in Academic Public Health Practice. This is one of the national awards bestowed each year by ASPH to four faculty members at schools of public health nationally. These annual honors recognize faculty members from full ASPH-member, CEPH-accredited Schools of Public Health who are notable for their teaching, practice and research excellence.

Faculty present poster at American Public Health Association meeting

Jennifer Bennett, MPH; Patty Charles, DrPH; Trudy Larson, MD; Barb Scott, RD, MPH; and Leah Thompson, MPH will be presented a poster entitled "Asking Patients About Their Experiences, Opinions and Needs when Planning Health Services" at the American Public Health Association (APHA) Annual Meeting in San Francisco, October 27-31.

Lardinois presents poster on heart disease mortality

Claude K. Lardinois. M.D. professor of endocrinology, emeritus, presented a poster "Dyslipidemia and Coronary Heart Disease Mortality (CHDM): Time for the medical profession to catch up with the insurance underwriters!" at the World Congress on Insulin Resistance on November 1 in Florida.

New Faculty and Appointments

The University of Nevada School of Medicine announces the addition of three new members to its senior leadership team.

  • James Kenyon, Ph.D., professor of physiology and cell biology, has been appointed interim senior associate dean for research. Kenyon is director of the Nevada IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence and has an extensive background in clinical and translational research development. He will hold the interim position for three years.
  • Evan M. Klass, M.D., associate professor of medicine, has been appointed to the new position of Associate Dean for Statewide Initiatives. Dr. Klass will be responsible for continued development of rural outreach programs including telemedicine, Project ECHO (Extension for Community Health Outcomes), the Area Health Education Center and the Nevada Geriatric Education Consortium. He also will lead the development of the Nevada Health Care Policy Institute in collaboration with the University of Nevada, Reno and UNLV. The addition of an office representing statewide initiatives is a critical addition to the School of Medicine and its commitment to serve the State of Nevada.
  • Susan Hill, M.A., APR, joins us as the new director of marketing and communications for the School of Medicine and the Division of Health Sciences. This recruitment fills a critical role that was lost in past years due to budget reductions. Hill will coordinate all institutional advancement activities of the School of Medicine and the Division of Health Sciences, including marketing the clinical practice of the School of Medicine. She fills a role that will contribute in significant ways to how the medical school and division are identified as significant clinical and academic resources for the State of Nevada.
  • Marissa Perea has been selected for the position of Academic Advisor for the Division of Health Sciences Student Center. She will be focusing on advising and retaining the incoming freshman class, as well as assisting at various recruiting events. She is originally from Las Vegas and graduated from the University of Nevada, Reno with a political science degree.
  • Stephanie Wright, M.D. and Lacy Fettic, M.D., have joined the faculty of the Department of Family and Community Medicine-Reno, School of Medicine. Wright completed medical school and family medicine residency training at the University of Nevada School of Medicine in Reno, serving as Chief Resident during her last year of training. She currently is researching childhood obesity prevention and management, as well as developing an international elective for the family medicine residents. She participates in the Student Outreach Clinic, supervising students as they provide healthcare to local uninsured patient.

    Fettic is also a graduate of the University of Nevada School of Medicine. She completed her residency training at the University of Nevada Family and Community Medicine Program in June of 2012. During the completion of her residency training in June 2012, Dr. Fettic took the opportunity to conduct research in Europe. During this time, she confirmed her love of teaching, research and desire to continue the full spectrum primary care with inpatient, outpatient and OB opportunities. She returned to the department in September, 2012, as an assistant professor.
  • Debra Glogovac joins the School of Medicine as the new administrative assistant for the Office of Faculty Development in Reno. She will become a familiar face at our faculty development events brings strong experience in clerical work to the position.
  • George Rodway, Ph.D., A.P.R.N, has joined the faculty of the Orvis School of Nursing as an assistant professor.
  • Thomas Strahler, MSW, most recently the University of Nevada School of Medicine Clinical IT Manager, has been named Project Manager for the School's statewide Practice Management/Electronic Medical Record system implementation. Effective immediately, serving in a clinical operations capacity, Strahler will provide leadership, coordination and training for the implementation and adoption of these mission-critical systems throughout the School's clinical practices.
  • Thomas Miller has been named the new assistant director of Information Technology-Medicine. Miller joins the School of Medicine on November 19 and will provide leadership, management and strategic direction statewide for the School of Medicine's Clinical Practice Plan (UNSOMICS) healthcare IT systems.

Harvey receives $1,116,484 NIH grant to study heart conditions

Robert D. Harvey, Ph.D., professor, department of pharmacology, School of Medicine, recently received a grant for $1,116,484 from the National Institutes of Health to study the spatial and temporal aspects of cell signaling in the heart. The goal of the project is to provide a better understanding of how neurotransmitters and hormones regulate cardiac function and identify mechanisms that may trigger life-threatening arrhythmias and sudden cardiac death.

Traffic Safety program earns grant

The Center for Traffic Safety Research, a collaboration between the School of Medicine and the Nevada Office of Traffic Safety, Department of Public Safety, received approval for its grant entitled "Vehicular Crashes in Nevada: Integration of EMS Data to NDOT and Trauma Center Medical Information" for the upcoming year.

The center's goal is to provide local, state and federal agencies with information that they might find valuable in addressing Nevada crash and crash-related medical issues in Nevada.

School of Medicine faculty involved with the Center for Traffic Safety Research include: Deborah Kuhls, M.D., principal investigator and associate professor of trauma; John J. Fildes, M.D., co-principal investigator and vice chairman, surgery department; Timothy Browder, M.D., co-principal investigator and assistant professor of trauma; and Bill Brown, project director.

Community health sciences professors to conduct Youth Risk Behavior Survey

Wei Yang, Ph.D., professor and graduate director and Kristen Clements-Nolle, Ph.D., associate professor, School of Community Health Sciences, recently were awarded a contract to conduct the Youth Risk Behavior Survey in Nevada. This CDC based survey of high school students is conducted annually and offers key insights into the behavior of adolescents. Data often is used to plan new educational or interventional programs and to monitor change as social issues evolve.

INBRE grant awarded to Das for interprofessional collaboration research

Samrat U. Das, M.D. FAAP, assistant professor, Department of Pediatrics, School of Medicine, Las Vegas has been awarded a $5000 INBRE gran to study research study "Effect of collaborative simulation training for pediatrics residents and nursing students on teamwork skills in patient care" which has been accepted for funding. The award is based on the potential of the grant to promote interprofessional collaboration.

Ezeanolue receives grant to study HIV testing

Echezona Ezeanolue, M.D. MPH, FIDSA, associate professor of pediatrics, School of Medicine, Las Vegas, has received a two year $893,375 grant from NIH/NICID/NIMH to study "Comparative Effectiveness of Congregation and Clinic Based Approaches to prevention of mother to child HIV transmission (PMTCT) ." This study partners with 40 churches and clinics in Nigeria to compare effectiveness and outcomes of different approaches to HIV testing and related PMTCT completion rates.

Public health training grant awarded to Minarik and O'Driscoll

Melanie Minarik, Ph.D., lecturer, School of Community Health Sciences and Richelle O'Driscoll, M.A., director of public affairs, Division of Health Sciences were awarded a contract for $41,000 with the Nevada Public Health Foundation to conduct trainings, leadership development and provide technical consultation that will support activities leading to national accreditation of the State of Nevada Health Division. In addition, both successfully completed a national training program and received certification to administer the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator Step I and Step II instruments, which can be utilized in organizational and leadership development.

Publications

  • Amy Ellwood, MSW, professor of family medicine and psychiatry in Las Vegas, co-authored a book review of Zoobiquity: What Animals Can Teach Us About Health and the Science of Healing with Jane Shaw, DVM, Ph.D., Colorado State University College of Veterinary Medicine. The review was published in the fall issue of Annals of Behavioral Science and Medical Education.
  • Samrat U. Das, M.D. FAAP, assistant professor, Department of Pediatrics, School of Medicine, Las Vegas, co-authored a research study entitled "Infants Born to Mothers with Pre-Gestational Diabetes Have a Higher Risk of Developing Neonatal Hypocalcemia Compared to Mothers with Gestational Diabetes," published in the e-Journal of Neonatology Research, Vol. 2, Issue 3, Summer, 2012. He has also co-authored, with Pisespong Patamasucon, M.D., a manuscript entitled "What's Your Diagnosis: Erythroderma," which will be published in the December, 2012 issue of Contemporary Pediatrics.
  • Thomas L. Schwenk, M.D., vice president, Division of Health Sciences and dean, School of Medicine, recently co-authored an article, "Details on suicide among US physicians: data from the National Violent Death Reporting System," with Katherine J. Gold, M.D., M.S.W., M.S., and Ananda Sen, Ph.D. in the November issue of General Hospital Psychiatry.
  • The University of Nevada School of Medicine Department of Emergency Medicine's involvement in medical care at Burning Man has been well represented in recent clinical journals. Jeff Westin, M.D., who was a third-year emergency medicine resident at the University of Nevada School of Medicine and now is an attending emergency physician for Kaiser-Permanente in Portland, and Pat Songer, NREMT-P, ASM, director of EMS at Humboldt General Hospital EMS, co-authored "Miracle in the desert" regarding a cardiac case at Burning Man for the May, 2012 issue of the Journal of Emergency Medical Services. Bryan Bledsoe, DO, FACEP, FAAEM, EMT-P, School of Medicine clini­cal professor of emergency medicine and director of the EMS Fellowship Program; Pat Songer, NREMT-P, ASM; Kelly Buchanan, MD; Jeff Westin, MD; Ryan Hodnick, D.O., third year resident; and Loren Gorosh, M.D. also co-authored "Burning Man 2011: Mass gathering medical care in an austere environment" for the October-December, 2012, issue of Prehospital Emergency Care .
  • Mary E. Sanders, Ph.D., clinical exercise physiologist, Division of Wellness and Weight Management, School of Medicine and Jim Fitzsimmons, Ed.D., director of Campus Recreation and Wellness, recently co-authored an article "Extreme Conditioning on Campus: Cracking Open a University Box" in the ACSM's Health & Fitness Journal, Vol. 16, No. 6.
  • Tim West, M.D., associate professor of neurology, Department of Internal Medicine, Las Vegas, co-authored an article, "Acute Transverse Myelitis: Demyelinating, Inflammatory, and Infectious Myelopathies" that was published in Seminars in Neurology, Vol. 32, No.2, 2012.
  • Christian Stone, M.D., associate professor, Department of Internal Medicine- Las Vegas, published an editorial "The economic burden of inflammatory bowel disease: clear problem, unclear solution." [Editorial] Digestive Diseases and Sciences 2012.

Student News

Laima Etchegoyhen with poster
MPH graduate student Laima Etchegoyhen with her award-winning poster.

MPH student wins poster competition at AAMC

Laima Etchegoyhen, MPH graduate student, won the MedEdPORTAL Outstanding Poster Award during Association of American Medical College (AAMC) conference in San Francisco. Congratulations, Laima!

Student recruitment is top priority for DHS Student Center in fall

Fall is the season for recruitment of new students for fall 2013 freshman class. DHS Student Center personnel have been busy visiting both high school and community colleges in northern Nevada and northern California. DHS recently has been represented at 16 high schools and 7 community colleges, as well as several University of Nevada events in Reno and in Las Vegas.

Our 2011 recruiting efforts netted DHS the largest freshman class ever, more than 350 students. In fact DHS, this semester has the largest number of undergraduate ever - 2,007 students! Noteworthy is the fact that the DHS undergrad population has doubled over the last seven years. Community Health Science has ballooned from 293 students fall, 2005, to 677 students in fall, 2012! Social work has grown from 126 to 260. This dramatic expansion has happened in a time of economic downturn and financial restraints at the university and reflects that DHS faculty members and support staff are managing twice as many students, in some cases, with fewer professionals than were employed in 2005.


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