Noteworthy News

Noteworthy News

September 2016

Honors and Awards

Durette receives AACAP Rieger Service Program Award for Excellence

Lisa Durette, M.D., assistant professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences and director of the child and adolescent psychiatry fellowship, will receive the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP) Rieger Service Program Award for Excellence during the organization's annual meeting Oct. 24-29 in New York. According to the AACAP, the award "recognizes innovative programs that address prevention, diagnosis, or treatment of mental illnesses in children and adolescents, and serve as model programs to the community." Durette established the first child and adolescent psychiatry fellowship training program in Las Vegas through the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine.

Lisa Durette

Publications and Presentations

Thomas Schwenk, M.D., dean of the School of Medicine and vice president of the Division of Health Sciences, published an editorial "Integrated Behavioral and Primary Care: What Is the Real Cost?" Aug. 23/30 in JAMA, the Journal of the American Medical Association. The discussion centers around the benefits of integrating mental health care with primary care and the need to develop new reimbursement models.

Tom Schwenk

Thomas Schwenk, M.D., was also senior author of the study "‘I would never want to have a mental health diagnosis on my record': A survey of female physicians on mental health diagnosis, treatment, and reporting," which was published Sept. 15 in General Hospital Psychiatry. The study found that a fear of stigma or sanction keeps many doctors from seeking treatment for mental health issues.

Robert Renden, Ph.D., assistant professor of physiology and cell biology, and Ruben Dagda Ph.D., assistant professor of pharmacology, co-published "Glycolysis selectively shapes the presynaptic action potential waveform" Sept. 7 in the American Physiological Society Journal of Neurophysiology. This collaborative work, which impacts interpretation of neurotransmission defects due to energetic loss, was supported by the Center of Biomedical Research Excellence (COBRE) in Cell Biology of Signaling Across Membranes and The Mick Hitchcock Scholar Fellowship.

Robert RendenRuben Dagda

Faculty and Staff

Residents serve as moderators for New England Journal of Medicine online forum

Kaushal Dosani, M.D., pediatrics resident; Simran Kaur Matta, M.D., internal medicine resident; and Farhan Rashid, M.D., internal medicine resident, have volunteered to serve as moderators during scheduled discussions on NEJM Resident 360, a website that was launched in June 2016 to provide residents with information, resources, and support.

Clifford chosen for AMA Government Relations Advocacy Fellowship

Third-year UNR Med student Chris Clifford has been selected for the American Medical Association's Government Relations Advocacy Fellowship (GRAF). This unique opportunity is offered to just one medical student each spring following a nationwide application process. Clifford will spend a year in Washington, D.C., where he'll experience the connection between organized medicine and the federal government in relation to advocacy and policymaking as a full-time, paid member of the AMA's federal advocacy team.

Chris Clifford


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