Division Dialogue

Division Dialogue

Spring 2015

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

Dean Schwenk

President Marc Johnson has set out a detailed vision for how the University of Nevada, Reno will achieve the classification of "Research University/Very High" ("RU/VH") as defined by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. The Division of Health Sciences will be a critical contributor to that vision. The University is currently classified as "Research University/High," which places us among approximately the top 200 colleges and universities in the United States. Reaching the level of RU/VH will elevate us to the ranks of the top 100 colleges and universities. I believe this is an appropriate, albeit aggressive, goal to which DHS can contribute.

I am encouraged by and proud of the Division of Health Sciences research activities that contribute to UNR's research reputation. We have many current research programs that will contribute to many new programs in the future, including the following:

  • new approaches to treating diseases such as male infertility (Wei Yan, Ph.D.) muscular dystrophy (Dean Burkin, Ph.D.) and pelvic floor dysfunction (Vani Dandolu, M.D.) University of Nevada School of Medicine
  • population-based studies of social behavior (Roman Pabayo, Ph.D.) School of Community Health Sciences
  • tracking infectious diseases and providing worldwide predictions about their spread and impact (James Wilson, M.D.) School of Community Health Sciences and University of Nevada School of Medicine
  • surgical oncology (Charles St. Hill, M.D. and Daniel Kirgen, M.D.) University of Nevada School of Medicine
  • environmental influences on health (Bernadette Longo, Ph.D., R.N., APHN-BC, CNL) Orvis School of Nursing
  • new diagnostic technologies that can revolutionize the care of complex and lethal diseases in third-world populations (David AuCoin, Ph.D., Thomas Kozel, Ph.D.) University of Nevada School of Medicine
  • social and behavioral issues affecting homeless youth and young adults (Jennifer McClendon, Ph.D.) Social Work
  • evaluating and disseminating new approaches to treating substance abuse (Nancy Roget) CASAT
  • building an infrastructure to support clinical and translational research projects (INBRE, Robert Langer, M.D.) University of Nevada School of Medicine

And, the University of Nevada School of Medicine is one of the most research-intensive of all community-based medical schools. While the overall size of our biomedical research enterprise is small compared to that of some of the more highly-ranked research-intensive schools, we rank in the top quarter of all medical schools on the basis of research funding/faculty FTE.

The Division of Health Sciences provides a platform on which productive interdisciplinary collaborations between schools and programs, as well as with our community partners and stakeholders can lead to new ideas, technologies, patents, businesses, economic diversification, and, most importantly, better health and health for Nevada.


News from Division of Health Sciences Units

Honors, convocation and hooding ceremonies celebrates graduates

Coming soon: the season of celebration, of endings and beginnings, as the Division of Health Sciences welcomes friends, family and community partners to its pinning, hooding and commencement ceremonies:

Sanford Center for Aging, Celebration in Aging
April 27, 4:30 p.m., Pennington Health Sciences Building, Lecture Hall 102
RSVP and parking information

Orvis School of Nursing Hooding and Pinning Convocation
May 14, 9 a.m., May 1, Joe Crowley Student Union Ballroom
Ticketed event, please contact Kim Baxter

School of Social Work Hooding and Pinning Ceremony
May 14, 10 a.m., Nightingale Hall, Church Fine Arts

CASAT Advanced Certificates, Master's Specializations and Minors Ceremony
May 14, 2 p.m., Joe Crowley Student Union Theatre

School of Community Health Sciences M.P.H. Hooding Ceremony
May 14, 4 p.m., Davidson Math and Science Center, Nell J. Redfield Foundation Auditorium

Division of Health Sciences Spring 2015 Commencement
Undergraduate and Graduate Ceremonies
May 15, 8:15 a.m. (8 a.m. lineup), University Quadrangle

School of Medicine Hooding Ceremony
1 p.m. (12:30 p.m. lineup), May 15 at Lawlor Events Center
Hooding Ceremony RSVP and parking information

Alive Inside Event
Filmmaker Michael Rossato-Bennett and care partner Shirley Randolph discuss the "Alive Inside" movie.

Sanford Center for Aging hosts community to free screening of documentary

Nearly 600 people attended the free screening of the documentary film, "Alive Inside" on Tuesday, February 3 at Nightingale Concert Hall, as part of the Sanford Center for Aging Distinguished Speaker Series.

Sponsored by the Division of Health Sciences, the Sanford Center and the Alzheimer's Association, Northern Nevada, the event also included a panel discussion with Michael Rossato-Bennett, the film's writer, director and producer; Ryan Elisabeth Reid, artist and playwright; Jane Fisher, professor of clinical psychology at the University, and director of the Nevada Caregiver Support Center; and Shirley Randolph, care partner and advocate for the Alzheimer's Association

School of Medicine publishes Seventh Edition of the Nevada Rural and Frontier Health Data Book

A newly released University of Nevada School of Medicine report documents the diverse features of health and health care in rural and frontier counties of Nevada.

The Nevada Rural and Frontier Health Data Book - Seventh Edition contains a wide range of current information on the demography, population health, and the health care delivery system in rural and frontier regions of Nevada. It includes important data for public policy makers, health care professionals and administrators, rural health care advocates, and, importantly, the residents of rural and frontier Nevada.

"The primary purpose of the data book is to provide the health care community with the most comprehensive and accurate county-level data on population health trends and the health care system in Nevada," said co-author Tabor Griswold, Ph.D., a policy analyst in the School of Medicine's Office of Statewide Initiatives. "The data book should also be valuable to anyone interested in learning more about health and health care in Nevada."

Read more of the findings presented in the report.

Traffic Safety Grant awarded to School of Medicine

The University of Nevada School of Medicine has collaborated with the Nevada Department of Public Safety, Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) over the last several years, forming a partnership to establish a state repository for the storage of medical information regarding traffic related injuries, deaths and crash records in Nevada. This repository is the first of its kind in the State of Nevada to allow the tracking of information from the crash scene to a patient's hospital discharge. Motor vehicle crash records from 2005-2012 have been linked to trauma records from the four Nevada trauma centers: University Medical Center of Southern Nevada, Renown Regional Medical Center, St. Rose Dominican Hospital and Sunrise Medical Center.

OTS awarded a grant in the amount of $140,888 to Deborah A. Kuhls, MD, FACS, FCCM (Principal Investigator) and Nadia Fulkerson, MPH (Co-Investigator) of the Center for Traffic Safety Research of the School of Medicine for the 2014-2015 grant year to continue maintaining that previously-established database.

Read more about the traffic safety grant

School of Community Health Sciences initiates Nevada Public Health Training Center

The School of Community Health Sciences received a 4-year $400,000 grant to initiate the Nevada Public Health Training Center (NVPTC) as part of the Western Region Public Health Training Center funded through the Health Resources and Services Administration. Nevada joins Arizona, California, Hawaii, and the Pacific Islands in this project to better address the needs of the public health workforce throughout the region.

As part of this grant, the Nevada Public Health Training Center will be conducting a needs assessment of the Nevada public health workforce. Based on the results, NVPTC will develop relevant and appropriate trainings to address both rural and urban workforce needs. The grant also funds 5 annual scholarships for rural public health workforce members to attend in-state conferences and funds 5 annual stipends for public health graduate students to undertake rural health projects throughout the state.

For more information about the Nevada Public Health Training Center, please contact Gerold Dermid Gray at gdermid@unr.edu.

Orvis School of Nursing graduate program makes U.S. News & World Report national ranking list

The Orvis School of Nursing was ranked in the Best Grad Schools in Nursing in 2015 at number 171. This is the first time that the Orvis School has been included in these national rankings by U.S. News & World Reports. Read the complete rankings list.

Student News

Students at match day 2015

Medical students learn residency match results

The University of Nevada's medical students continued their tradition of placing in some of the nation's most competitive residency programs today when the Class of 2015 learned the results of the National Resident Matching Program.

Sixty-nine students matched with residency institutions in Nevada and across the nation and will enter specialties ranging from anesthesiology to physical medicine and rehabilitation. The Class of 2015's top specialty choices were anesthesiology, emergency medicine, general surgery and internal medicine. Read more about match day.

Students at "Upstream Nevada" cultural event
The event is created by students for students, and provides those in the health sciences an educational experience in cultural awareness and its application to health research, policy and practice. Above: Gary House, Nicole Donato, Mikaela Vincent and Ciera Lindsay work with agencies ranging from UNR sports medicine to Immunize Nevada. Photo by Anne McMillin, APR.

"Upstream Nevada" cultural event a success

Division of Health Sciences students and faculty participated in "Upstream Nevada: Building A Culture of Health", part of the fifth annual Cultural Considerations in Health Care, an interdisciplinary event created by students for students. The goal of the two-day forum, held Feb. 23 and 24, was to provide health sciences students an educational experience in cultural awareness and its applications to health services, research and policy. Students and faculty were able to attend 20 sessions throughout the two days, including such topics as transgender issues, cultural differences in pain, health communication, sex trafficking, health disparities in northern Nevada, using narrative in health, and mobilizing policy change in public health. This year also included a poster session with over 100 entries from DHS students, highlighting their projects and work in the community.

The keynote address given by Dr. Rishi Manchanda on "Moving Healthcare Up: Addressing and Improving Social Determinants of Health and Clinical Care" was attended by more than 150 students and faculty. Rishi Manchanda,MD, MPH, is founder and president of HealthBegins, a social enterprise that provides training, clinic redesign and technology to transform healthcare and the social determinants of health. The forum was sponsored by the Division of Health Sciences and High Sierra Area Health Education Consortium with participation from DHS student organizations.

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