Division Dialogue

Division Dialogue

Summer 2012

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

Thomas L. Schwenk, M.D.

Welcome to the new academic year, and welcome to the Division of Health Sciences. I would particularly like to welcome our new students, staff members and faculty members to the Division of Health Sciences. Because of the nation's focus on health care and wellness, as well as that of the global community, the Division's degrees and certificates are in great demand. We have 405 incoming freshmen who have declared majors in our Division, an increase of 59 students over last year. Once our fall enrollment numbers are final, we anticipate more than 2000 students will be enrolled in our undergraduate major/minor and certificate programs in DHS!

Additionally, we are experiencing a substantial increase in the number of new students in our graduate MPH, Nursing, Social Work and Speech Pathology programs. And, this year's class of incoming medical students is the largest ever, with 69 students.

Our new faculty and staff members in the Division join an outstanding team who provide our students with collaborative and integrated teaching, learning and research. As you will see when you read this issue of the Division Dialogue, the breadth and depth of teaching, scholarly and service activities represented are extraordinary.

I look forward to celebrating your many accomplishments and successes in the 2012-13 academic year.


News from Division of Health Sciences Units

New first year curriculum launched at School of Medicine

After more than two years in the making, the morning of August 13 saw the launch of new first-year medical school curriculum. According to Dr. Timothy Baker, associate dean for medical education, "Getting here has been a team effort involving faculty and staff from every department and campus. Thanks go to everyone for their tireless work over the last few years as we discussed, deliberated and ultimately developed an integrated curriculum of which we can be proud." Block One is off to an outstanding start under the leadership of Dr. Thomas Hunt of the Department of Family and Community Medicine in Las Vegas and Dr. Cynthia Corley Mastick of the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology in Reno.

100% Pass Rate for Orvis School of Nursing on National Clinical Nurse Leader Certification Exam

Two graduates from the Orvis School of Nursing master's-level Clinical Nurse Leader Track (CNL) as well as Dr. Bernadette Longo, OSN Faculty and CNL Track Leader all passed the national CNL Certification Exam in May 2012. The CNL, prepared with a Master of Science in Nursing degree, is a leader and active member of interdisciplinary health care teams. This clinician is an advanced generalist who is accountable for quality care within a "clinical microsystem" (hospital unit or service area). CNLs put evidence-based practice into action to ensure that patients benefit from the latest innovations in care delivery. The Orvis School of Nursing is the only program in the NSHE schools of nursing that offers the CNL track in their MSN program.

Hunt, O'Shaughnessy, Hosannah, Pepper
Pictured from left to right: Dr. Thomas J. Hunt, associate professor, Department of Family and Community Medicine Las Vegas, Kelly O'Shaughnessy, director, Nevada Rural Health Network, Freley Hosannah, grant and project manager Family Medicine Las Vegas and Dr. Lewis Pepper, project director, Worker Health Protection Program, Queens College, City University of New York, Center for the Biology of Natural Systems, Flushing, New York

Early Lung Cancer Detection (ELCD) Program for former Nevada Test Site Workers comes to Nevada

In recognition of his work with former Nevada Test Site (NTS) workers, Thomas J. Hunt, MD, associate professor, Department of Family and Community Medicine Las Vegas, was invited to say a few words reflecting his experience working with former test site workers at the opening ceremony introducing the new Early Lung Cancer Detection (ELCD) component of the Department of Energy Worker Health Protection Program (WHPP) on Wednesday, August 8th at the Atomic Testing Museum, Las Vegas, NV.

The Early Lung Cancer Detection Program ribbon cutting featured remarks by key program stakeholders, including medical, government and union representatives. The event was also attended by, Dr. Elissa J. Palmer, chair, Family Medicine Las Vegas, Dr. John Varras, chair, Internal Medicine Las Vegas, Kelly O'Shaughnessy, director, Nevada Rural Health Network, Freley Hosannah, grant and project manager Family Medicine Las Vegas, and Dr. Matthew Schreiber, assistant professor, Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine Las Vegas.

Lab earns accreditation

The School of Medicine's electrodiagnostic lab, in the Las Vegas internal medicine department, has earned formal lab accreditation with exemplary status from the American Association of Neuromuscular and Electrodiagnostic Medicine, the first such site accreditation in the state of Nevada. The efforts of Carolyn Witcher, laboratory technician, were instrumental in compiling the multiple documents required throughout the application process.

Interview with former dean Thomas Scully available at Savitt Library

The Savitt Medical Library has digitized recordings and transcripts of interviews with founding faculty member and former Dean Thomas Scully, as conducted by Dr. Andy Sohn, professor emeritus, for his oral history project on the history of medicine.

Emergency medicine research fund receives donation

Dr. Dale Carrison, emergency medicine chair, received a check for $25,000 for the UNR Foundation Emergency Medicine Residency Research Fund from Insomniac Productions, the parent of the Electric Daisy Carnival.

First class of oncology fellows graduates

The University of Nevada School of Medicine recently graduated its inaugural class of medical oncology fellows through its collaborative partnership with the U.C. San Diego Health System Nevada Cancer Institute (NVCI).

New ENT residency begins this summer

The University of Nevada School of Medicine has successfully received approval for establishing Nevada's first residency training program for otolaryngology and earned a three-year accreditation for that program from the American Council on Graduate Medical Education.

Clinician's Ceremony held in Las Vegas

For the first time ever, the School of Medicine held its annual Clinician's Ceremony in Las Vegas on June 29. This transitional ceremony for the 62 students in the Class of 2014 marks their progression from basic sciences classroom instruction to the clinical years of medical education. This transitional ceremony for the 62 students in the Class of 2014 marks their progression from basic sciences classroom instruction to the clinical years of medical education.

Surgeon elected to Faculty Senate

Robert Wang, M.D., surgery professor, has been elected to the University of Nevada, Reno Faculty Senate for a three-year term.

Mitchell named Employee of the Month

Congratulations to Carol Mitchell, from the Office of Academic Affairs, UNR's Classified Employee of the Month for August.

Nursing researcher Longo speaks in Hawaii

Bernadette Longo, Ph.D., RN, CNL, APHN-BC, associate professor, Orvis School of Nursing, was an invited speaker for the following: a webinar hosted by the California Air Response and Planning Alliance on "Volcanic Health Effects and Risk Assessment", Hawaii Island County Council Meeting (televised) "Public Health Recommendations for Vog-Exposed Communities", and at the Hawaii Rural Health Association Annual Meeting. Her presentations also received press coverage.

Faculty honored as Nevada Healthcare Heroes

Five University of Nevada School of Medicine faculty earned honors at Nevada Business magazine's 7th Annual Healthcare Heroes award dinners in Reno. At the southern Nevada banquet on Aug. 1, trauma surgeon John Fildes, M.D., and Ann Diggins, director of recruitment, were honored in the research/technology and community partner categories, respectively.

Kenton Sanders, Ph.D., chair of the department of physiology and cell biology garnered the honors in the research/technology category; Carl Sievert, Ph.D., anatomy professor, was honored in the educator category and David Lupan, Ph.D., senior associate dean for basic sciences and research, was recognized posthumously in the lifetime achievement field at the Aug. 2 event in Reno.

The annual award program honors Nevadans making significant contributions to health care across 10 categories in both the northern and southern regions of the state. Proceeds from both banquets benefit students pursuing careers in health care education.

John Fildes

Fildes chosen as foundation professor

Dr. John Fildes was named 2012 University of Nevada, Reno Foundations Professor in recognition of his outstanding research and teaching achievements. Fildes joined the University of Nevada School of Medicine in 1996, where he is professor and vice-chair of the Department of Surgery and program director of general surgery and surgical critical care. He is also the medical director and chair of the Department of Trauma and Surgical Critical Care at University Medical Center, the county-operated trauma center in Las Vegas. He has served as the National Chair of Trauma for the American College of Surgeons. Fildes has received numerous awards and honors, including the White House Medical Unit Certificate of Appreciation in 1998 and the Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce's Community Achievement Award in 1998. He was also named the 2006 Physician of the Year by the Nevada State Medical Association.

Hogan selected for advisory council

Julie Hogan, Ph.D., C.P.S., CAPT Co-Director, Center for the application of Substance Abuse Technologies, has been selected as an inaugural member of the International Certification and Reciprocity Consortium (IC&RC) Advisory Council. IC&RC protects the public by establishing standards and facilitating reciprocity for the credentialing of addiction-related professionals.

Kozel named outstanding researcher

Thomas Kozel, Ph.D., professor of microbiology and immunology, School of Medicine was awarded Outstanding Researcher of the Year at the Honor the Best ceremony held in May.

Faculty elected to clinical executive committees

Drs. John Fildes, David Ginsburg and Thomas Hunt have been elected to serve on the Southern Regional Executive Committee Board as at-large representatives. Drs. Jaren Blake, David Fiore and Evan Klass have been elected to serve on the Northern Regional Executive Committee.

Sella named 'outstanding local advisor'

Gina Sella, M.A., education outreach coordinator in the Office of Admission and Student Affairs, has been named "Outstanding Local Advisor - Post Secondary Level" by the Nevada Health Occupations Student Association at their recent conference.

Dupey nominated to national post

Peggy Dupey, Ph.D., associate dean for admissions and student affairs, School of Medicine was nominated by the western region student affairs for Vice Chair of the national Group on Student Affairs of for the Association of American Medical Colleges

Palmer presents at international meeting

Elissa J. Palmer, M.D., professor and chair of the Department of Family and Community Medicine presented a workshop entitled, "Translating competencies from residency training into practicing physician evaluation with comparison to the American College of Medical Practice Executives Body of Knowledge" at the World Organization of National Colleges, Academies and Academic Associations of General Practitioners/Family Physicians (WONCA) Europe Meeting in July in Vienna, Austria. She was also a special participant at the conference of the Vasco de Gama movement which is a WONCA Europe working group to promote the discipline of general practice/family medicine. Dr. Palmer participated in dialogues about the art and science of medicine, physician training and healthcare with family medicine physicians from countries including Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Croatia, Portugal, Switzerland, Germany, Austria, Latvia, France and the UK.

Faculty excel in sports competitions

Christine R. Cremo, Ph.D., professor, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, placed fifth in the 2012 USA Cycling Mountain Bike Cross-Country National Championships in the Masters Women 55-59 age category. Jim Fitzsimmons, Ph.D., director of Campus Recreation and Wellness, competed in the 2012 Reebok CrossFit Games and finished 6th in the world in his age group.

Two new faculty join School of Community Health Sciences

Rudy Rull, Ph.D. has joined the School of Community Health Sciences as an assistant professor of Epidemiology and Environmental Health. Previously, he served as a research scientist at the Cancer Prevention Institute of California in Berkeley, CA and a consulting assistant professor in the Department of Health Research and Policy at the Stanford University School of Medicine.

Gerold Dermid-Gray, MBA, has been selected as the new Community Relations and Field Studies Coordinator. He will be responsible for the required field studies course for CHS majors and the internship experience for the MPH students. He has been an active member of the public health community, most recently working for the Washoe County Health Department as Health Educator and has served as the administrative director for the Nevada Colon Cancer Partnership.

Eight new physicians join Las Vegas internal medicine department

New physicians joining the internal medicine department in Las Vegas include former University of Nevada School of Medicine residents Dr. Badrunnisa Hanif, Dr. Ranjuit Makar and Dr. Mahendran Jayaraj. All three have received multiple teaching and advocacy awards as residents. They will all see hospital patients at University Medical Center on the resident teaching service and will be seeing outpatients at the Patient Care Center. Also joining the department as new faculty is Dr. Susan Knowles, a fellowship-trained rheumatologist from the University of Arizona. She will take over as clerkship director and see rheumatology patients at the Patient Care Center. Internist Dr. Samir Patel, assistant professor of medicine, completed medical school residency at William Beaumont Army Medical Center in Texas and will be seeing patients in the patient care clinic.

Dr. Matthew Schreiber, a fellowship trained pulmonary critical care internist, also joins the department's newly established pulmonary division. Gastroenterologist Dr. Vijay Jayaraman joins the division of gastroenterology. He did his residency training, chief resident year and gastroenterology fellowship at Stony Brook University Hospital in New York. He also completed an advanced endoscopy fellowship at Cedar Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. He is board certified in internal medicine and gastroenterology. Dr. Hiren Patel, critical care specialist and pulmonologist, completed residency training in internal medicine and pulmonary/critical care medicine at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. In addition, he completed post-graduate training in interventional pulmonology at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. Dr. Patel is board certified in internal medicine and pulmonary medicine.

Karlin named to new position at CRW

Jill Karlin has been hired as Programming Coordinator for Campus Recreation and Wellness.

DeLeon joins clinical practice as operations director

The School of Medicine welcomes Sandra DeLeon, as its director of operations and business development for the Reno clinical practice. She comes to Reno from Christus Santa Rosa Health System in Texas, bringing great experience in operations and strategic planning. Sandra is a licensed social worker, has master's degrees in both social work and healthcare administration, and is a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives.

Planinic and Quintero join Dept. of OB/GYN in Las Vegas

Two new physicians have recently joined the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology in Las Vegas. Dr. Petar Planinic completed his residency training at the State University of New York Health Science Center at Brooklyn-Kings County Hospital. Dr. Planinic has been Board Certified since December 2008 and has unrestricted medical licenses in Nevada and New York. He speaks Croatian and Siberian. Dr. Christian L. Quintero comes to us from Temple University Hospital in Philadelphia Dr. Quintero is a Master at Minimally Invasive Gynecological, Robotic Gynecological difficult Hysterectomies and surgery for Endometriosis cases plus Pelvic reconstructive surgery. Dr. Quintero is fluent in Spanish and Portuguese. He has won several awards to include Excellence in teaching at Temple University Hospital-2003; Excellence in teaching-Medical Student Award and the 2005 ACOG Wyeth Pharmaceuticals Award. Dr. Quintero is Board Certified and is medically licensed in Nevada and Pennsylvania. Both will see patients at the Patient Care Center # 120 and at the Women's Healthcare Center.

Susan G. Harris

Harris selected as coordinator for Sanford's Gerontology Academic Program

Susan G. Harris, Ph.D., has been named Coordinator for the Gerontology Academic Program (GAP), part of the Sanford Center for Aging at the University of Nevada, Reno. She brings to the position several years of experience in gerontology programs having served as a project director for the Nevada Care Connection, trainer and co-investigator for the Taking Charge, Chronic Disease Self-Management Program and operations manager for the Sanford Center for Aging.

As coordinator, she will provide leadership for developing and delivering gerontology education at the university at undergraduate, graduate and professional levels and oversee the administrative, fiscal and programmatic support for the faculty who teach courses in gerontology. She will also advise students who are pursuing a minor or certificate in gerontology.

Fong selected as Sim Tech specialist

Alisha Fong has joined the faculty of the Office of Medical Education and Orvis School of Nursing as a Specialist for Simulation Technology. She will help expand the simulation experiences at the Sim Center in Reno, improving the education of medical and nursing students and many others. Alisha has more than 10 years' experience at the medical school.

Hellum is new education outreach coordinator

Megan Hellum joins the School of Medicine's Office of Admissions and Student Affairs team as an education outreach coordinator in Las Vegas. She brings terrific experience in academic outreach and will be supporting our new post-baccalaureate program and other outreach programs. She is located in the 2040 building, Suite 503.

New surgeons join Department of Surgery

Three surgeons have joined the surgery department to further provide patient care and teach students and residents. Otolaryngologist Dr. Joseph Ta completed his residency training in otolaryngology-head and neck surgery at Loma Linda University Medical Center and a fellowship in facial plastic and reconstructive surgery, pediatric and adult cranial base surgery and craniomaxillofacial surgery at the University of Michigan Medical Center.

Dr. Paul Johnson also joins the Division of Otolaryngology. He completed his residency training in otolaryngology - head and neck surgery at the Naval Medical Center in Portsmouth, Virginia. He previously served as Chief of Surgery at Michael O'Callaghan Federal Hospital in 2008 and is a member of a number of professional organizations. Both Dr. Johnson and Dr. Ta will see ear, nose and throat surgery patients at the Tenaya and Spring Valley clinics.

Dr. Charles St. Hill joins the Division of Surgical Oncology, following his residency training in general surgery at the University of Nevada School of Medicine and a fellowship in surgical oncology at the University of Louisville James Graham Brown Cancer Center. During his residency, Dr. St. Hill was awarded first place at the SAGES Top Gun National Laparoscopic skills competition in 2010, the Arnold P. Gold Foundation Humanism and Excellence in Teaching award in 2009 and the Chairman's Professionalism award in 2008. In addition, Dr. St. Hill holds a Master of Science, Epidemiology and Clinical Investigation Sciences from the University of Louisville. He sees surgical oncology patients at the Patient Care Center.

Easler joins Budget and Finance

Doug Easler has joined the budget and finance group as director of faculty compensation and productivity analysis. He will be working to develop faculty compensation plans for each of the School's clinical, basic science and administrative departments. Doug has successfully transitioned physician compensation models from a revenue and expense base model to an RVU compensation model incorporating patient satisfaction surveys, quality matrix and controllable expenses. He brings with him the expertise to analyze alternative approaches and will work with each of our chairs and department heads to develop the most appropriate compensation model for their department. Doug has also directed physician productivity analysis and promoted physician recruitment and retention issues. He is temporarily located in the human resources office in the Pennington Medical Education building.

Ezeanolue awarded HRSA AIDS grant

Echezona Ezeanolue, M.D. MPH, FIDSA, associate professor of pediatrics, School of Medicine, Las Vegas, has received a Ryan White title IV Women, Infants, Children, Youth and Affected Members AIDS health care grant for $187,430 from the Department of Health & Human Services. This grant will support the only comprehensive pediatric HIV program in Southern Nevada and allow the medical school's departments of pediatrics and obstetrics to work collaboratively with the Southern Nevada Health Department, UMC, AFAN and the counseling center to develop an integrated maternal-child HIV program that will sustain the success we have made in the last five year. From 2007 to date, up to 150 infants have been born to HIV-infected women in Southern Nevada and none have contracted HIV.

Scientist gets funding to refine new test for deadly bacterial infection meliodosis (PIC)

A new rapid test to diagnose melioidosis, a difficult infection to treat - and classified as a biothreat by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - is being optimized and tested by University of Nevada School of Medicine researcher David AuCoin Ph.D. A $600,000 National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases grant through the Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) program recognizes the potential of AuCoin's work and supports making the new rapid test for point-of-care diagnosis of melioidosis available to countries where the disease is endemic, and expanding.

Wei Yan

Researcher awarded NIH grant (PIC)

Wei Yan, M.D., Ph.D., associate professor of physiology and cell biology, has been awarded a $246,545 grant by the NIH for his study on the potential contributions of sperm-borne small noncoding RNAs to fertilization and early embryonic development. This is the fourth such grant he has earned from the NIH in eight years at University of Nevada School of Medicine.

Surgery department awarded research grant

The School of Medicine's surgery department was awarded the PSF Pilot Research Grant in the amount of $10,000 for its microsurgical skills curriculum proposal. According to William A. Zamboni, M.D., surgery department chair, this grant is extremely competitive with only about five percent of submitted proposals being funded. The School of Medicine is one of only a few programs in the country pioneering research in microsurgical simulation.


  • Samrat Das, M.D., and Pratibha Ankola, M.D., Department of Pediatrics, School of Medicine, Las Vegas, co-authored an article entitled "Infants Born to Mothers with Pre-Gestational Diabetes Have a Higher Risk of Developing Neonatal Hypocalcemia Compared to Mother with Gestational Diabetes" that is published in the Summer 2012 issue of e-Journal of Neonatology Research.
  • Greg Brown, M.D., psychiatry chair in Las Vegas, penned a chapter in the new book Cinemeducation, Volume 2 - Using Film and Other Visual Media in Graduate and Medical Education.
  • Vani Dandolu ,M.D., MPH, MBA, chair, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, School of Medicine, Las Vegas, co-authored two publication, "A pilot study evaluating Novasure as a mechanical endometrial preparation agent compared to GnRH analogs prior to Roller Ball ablation in large uteri" has been accepted for publication in the Journal of the Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons JSLS and "Prolonged postoperative venous thromboembolism prophylaxis is cost-effective in advanced ovarian cancer patients" has been accepted for publication in Gynecologic Oncology.
  • Sanford Barsky, M.D., pathology chair, co-authored an article entitled Aldehyde Dehydrogenase 1 - Positive Cancer Stem Cells Mediate Metastasis and Poor Clinical Outcome in Inflammatory Breast Cancer which was recognized by the journal Clinical Cancer Research, as the most cited 2010 article (in the first two years after initial publication).
  • Amy Ellwood, M.S.W., L.C.S.W., professor of Family Medicine & Psychiatry, authored an article entitled, "White Coat Blues" published in the Annals of Behavioral Science and Medical Education 2012, Vol. 18, No. 1. 26-7. Additionally, she was also published in the Group on Women in Medicine and Science (GWIMS) Watch quarterly newsletter with an article entitled, "Evolution of University of Nevada School of Medicines WIMS Program Using Technology."
  • The following manuscript has been accepted by the Journal of Reconstructive Microsurgery for publication: "Objective Evaluation of Skill Acquisition in Novice Microsurgeons" by John P. Brosious, M.D., Shawn T. Tsuda, M.D., John M. Menezes, M.D., Richard C. Baynosa, M.D., Linda L. Stephenson, B.S., M.T. (A.S.C.P.), Adnan G. Mohsin, Wei Z. Wang, M.D., and William A. Zamboni, M.D., all of the School's surgery department.
  • Post-doc researcher Ryan Wuebbles and Dean Burkin, Ph.D., associate pharmacology professor, had a paper, entitled "A Molecular Bandage for Diseased Muscle" accepted for publication in the June 20 issue of Science Translational Medicine. This is a focus article on a new protein therapeutic (called MG53) for the treatment of Duchenne muscular dystrophy. The article summarizes the impact of MG53 protein therapy as a treatment option and discusses the increasing number of new protein therapeutics being developed for the muscular dystrophies including laminin-111 developed in Burkin's lab.
  • Dr. David Antonuccio, professor emeritus of psychiatry, recently co-authored an article entitled "Relabeling the Medications We Call Antidepressants" which appeared in Volume 2012 of the journal Scientifica.
  • Dr. Mary Beth Hogan, pediatrics professor in Reno reviewed the article "Exploring the Development and Treatment of Pediatric Allergic Diseases" for the Journal of Allergy.
  • Dean Burkin, Ph.D., associate pharmacology professor, had his report on the Myomatrix 2012 conference at the School of Medicine, published in the journal Neuromuscular Disorders. The conference convened 73 international participants to discuss the dynamic relationship between muscle and its matrix in muscular dystrophy with a specific focus on congenital muscular dystrophy. Seven sessions over two-and-a-half days defined three central themes: the role of extracellular matrix proteins and compartments in development and specifically in congenital muscular dystrophy, the role of extracellular matrix signaling and adhesion to membrane receptors, and the balance and interplay between inflammation and fibrosis as drivers of altered matrix stiffness, impaired regeneration and progressive dystrophy. This report highlights major conference findings and the translational roadmap as defined by conference attendees.
  • Shadi Abdelnour, M.D., associate professor, department of internal medicine, School of Medicine, Las Vegas, presented and co-authored two posters at the ENDO 2012: the Endocrine Society's 94th Annual Meeting & Expo. The titles were: "Management of Glucocorticoid-Induced Hyperglycemia (GIH) in Hospitalized Patients with Acute Exacerbation of COPD (AECOPD)" and "Inactive sarcoidosis unmasked by an acute presentation of hypercalcemia secondary to milk-alkali syndrome."
  • Christian Stone, M.D., associate professor, department of internal medicine, School of Medicine, Las Vegas, presented a poster at Digestive Disease Week 2012 sponsored by the American Gastroenterological Association. The title of his presentation was "Utility of annual testing for tuberculosis during treatment with anti-Tumor Necrosis Factor-α medications".

Student News

Medical, nursing students assist at homeless clinic

A group of medical students from the Class of 2015 helped their colleagues from the University of Nevada, Reno Orvis School of Nursing at a health fair to distribute information on health-care issues and provide basic medical screenings at the Reno-Sparks Gospel Mission on Aug. 3.

The nursing students conducted surveys to see what health-care issues are of most concern to those who use the services of the Gospel Mission, as well as to those who provide services to the indigent. They then networked with students at the University of Nevada School of Medicine and the University's School of Social Work, as well as with other organizations in the community, such as the American Lung Association, CARE Chest of Sierra Nevada, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and Washoe County Health Department, to set up booths providing information, referrals and screenings at the fair.

Medical students helped to provide screenings in CV health and glycemic control and worked with personnel at the HAWC Clinic, to set-up appointments for patients who presented with elevated risk of CV disease or poor glycemic control, according to medical student coordinator Joshua Gabel.

Besides providing basic health screening, such as taking blood-pressure measurements, the students provided information on topics such as smoking cessation, diabetes, sexual health, dental hygiene, and access to medical supplies, prescriptions and resources.

Students at the White Coat Ceremony

Class of 2016 welcomed at White Coat Ceremony

The 69 incoming members of the Class of 2016 were welcomed to the medical profession on Aug. 10 at the School of Medicine's White Coat Ceremony.

Medical students make presentation to undergraduates

Class of 2015 medical students Cassandra Puccinelli and Dionne Drakulich presented slides on medical school to undergraduates in the Women in Science and Engineering program at the University of Nevada, Reno this spring. Women scientists from the community and University were invited to discuss their career choices and challenges. According to course director Jennifer Hollander, Ph.D., assistant biology professor, Puccinelli and Drakulich were the hit of the semester. "The slides they had put together were informative and sometimes funny, and they did a tremendous job speaking to the girls. I was very impressed. They also willingly stayed after the class ended to answer the many questions the students were asking."

Katie Lyons

Medical student presents at national meeting (PIC)

Katie Lyons, Class of 2014, presented at the American College of Sports Medicine national meeting in San Francisco in May. She has been working on this project for more than a year and was accepted as a conference presenter in February, 2012. During the presentation, Katie was able to discuss with physicians and other health care providers from around the world, details about our innovative multi- and inter-disciplinary clinical approach to weight loss plus mobility in an obese population.

Student co-authors published case report

Chase Correia, MSIV, and Kirk Bronander, MD, associate professor, clerkship director, Dept. of Internal Medicine, had a case report entitled, "Metformin-associated Lactic Acidosis Masquerading as Ischemic Bowel," published In the May 2012 electronic edition of American Journal of Medicine.

Med student awarded international scholarship

Kristen Marshall, MSIII, was awarded a scholarship from MAP International to work in an international location on a medical mission for eight weeks during her fourth year of medical training. Kristen will be going to Cochabomba, Bolivia in February of 2013. This is the first award from MAP International to an University of Nevada School of Medicine student.

CRW scholarships awarded

Vanessa Veloz, Andy Garcia and Matt Hansen are the 2012 recipients of the Steve Pomi Campus Wellness and Recreation (CRW) Scholarships. The scholarships are funded by CRW and awarded to CRW student employees with each receiving $3,000.

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