swanger-ronaldAs humans we have a need to belong. Psychologists, anthropologists and other professionals who study us have concluded that strong relationships increase our capacity to manage stress and cope with the world around us. Personally, the relationships I’ve built as a member of WCMS are among the key reasons I’m an active member. These relationships help sustain me when balancing family, work and my pursuit of a master’s degree clash.

We are at the end of our 2018 dues renewal period, which means that some of you are about to leave the WCMS family. This causes me to reflect on what it means to belong to WCMS. Whatever your reason for not renewing, I ask you to think about what you are leaving behind.

Your Voice is Heard in Carson
You will be missing opportunities to engage, have your voice heard on issues critical to your practice and the support of your physician colleagues. For example, consider the legislative accomplishments of the NSMA and WCMS. These are just four of more than 200 health-related bills introduced that we made certain our members’ voices were heard.

  • Eliminated the most onerous recommendations in AB474.
  • Enabled your RN or MA to refill medications using your electronic prescribing system in collaboration with the Board of Pharmacy.
  • Defeated a Board of Health regulation that would fine physicians $25,000 for failing to report a patient with cancer to the cancer registry.
  • Secured a veto of an insurance company bill that would balanced balance billing and cap fees for out of network health care services.

Free CME Programs
WCMS and NSMA in collaboration with UNR Reno School of Medicine and Renown held the first of four CME programs in February. We presented some of the best practices in place to address compliance with AB474. These CME programs are presented at no cost to our members.

Networking Events
We held the first of four social events in January when we kicked off our year with the annual inaugural dinner. Many of our members tell us that this is one of the best professional networking events. Planning is underway for a family event in August at Bartley Ranch, plus two smaller gatherings.

Community Education
We are partnering with our three medical centers to host free patient education programs. On April 17 WCMS members Drs. Ali Nairizi and Denis Patterson are presenting “Non-opioid Treatments in Pain Management” with Advanced Pain Management and Northern Nevada Medical Center. May 16 WCMS and Saint Mary’s Regional Medical Center are presenting WMCS member Dr. Devang Desai who will discuss cardiac care in the elderly.

New Web Site
By 2nd Quarter we will have launched our new web site and database opening even more ways in which you can connect with your colleagues and make your voice heard. The new database links NMSA, WCMS and CCMS enabling you to update your profile and search the database for colleagues when needing some advice or referring a patient. You’ll even be able to renew your dues on-line.


Anita Savell, medical student at UNRDuring the first month of school at UNR Med, class elections are held. Students can run positions from class president, to class historian, to tech support. I was fortunate to be elected to the Student Wellness Committee. The Student Wellness Committee consists of four students from each year of medical education and works to promote student wellbeing through activities and resources.

I wanted to be a part of the Student Wellness Committee because I want to help support my classmates during these incredibly stressful four years we embarked upon in July. Before starting medical school, if asked to describe myself, I would say, “I am an artist, a martial artist, and an electrical engineer”. My classmates all had similar robust and diverse responses. However, after entering medical school, the list easily shortens to just one: medical student.

Medical school truly can be all-consuming; it is hard to find time to invest in a hobby when one is also simultaneously working to learn the week’s material, pass the next exam, volunteer at the Student Outreach Clinic, spend quality time with loved ones, and network to facilitate research opportunities. In the face of these constant pressures, the qualities we all cherished before medical school that help make us whole are no longer our priority. The Student Wellness Committee recognizes this shift and seeks to support the whole person—not just the student.
A handful of the activities from the fall semester included bringing dogs to campus, hosting a painting class coupled with guided meditation, and leading breathing exercises for medical school applicants just before their interviews. The spring semester promises a talent show and a student cooking contest. My personal project was facilitating training a handful of first year medical students to become peer support group leaders, and I am proud to say we had our first support group for first year students offered  in the fall.

The Student Wellness Committee also wants to support our UNR Med community faculty members. If any providers reading this have an idea of what our students could do to help support your wellness, please feel free to contact me at, and I will present your ideas at our next meeting.


Dr. Thomas Schwenk Dean of the School of Medicine and VP of Health Science
Dr. Thomas Schwenk Dean of the School of Medicine and VP of Health Science

Dr. Thomas Schwenk Dean of the School of Medicine and VP of Health Science[/caption]

Last year was one of great change, great growth, and not a little stress for the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine as we refocused our efforts and mission on northern Nevada with a continued statewide vision. Through the decisions and actions of thousands of faculty and staff members and students, UNR Med made a positive impact on our community – and made me proud to be part of such an incredible institution.

As we say, “Goodbye,” to 2017 and welcome
2018, here are just a few of our upcoming challenges and opportunities:

News from our LCME Accreditation Visit – February 2018

Our calendars are marked for February, when we will receive official results and feedback from last October’s Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) visit, as part of our regular eight-year accreditation cycle. We look forward to hearing
good news and continuing our status as a fully accredited medical school.

Match Day – March 16, 2018

At precisely 9 a.m. Pacific Standard Time on Friday, March 16, our graduating medical students, along with graduating students from across the nation, will learn where they matched for residency training. Last year, our 61 graduates entered the magical world of Harry Potter where “golden snitches” revealed where they would spend the next three to six years, learning from the best in Nevada and across the country.

Commencement – May 18, 2018

Hooding is scheduled for Friday, May 18. Frequently called one of the most moving commencement ceremonies known, the event concludes with the entire graduating class and all physicians in attendance reciting the Physician’s Oath, signifying
a lifelong commitment to the medical profession and community service. We honor and welcome back alumnus Dr. Kim Eagle (1975-1977) as our keynote speaker.

50th Anniversary Celebration Kick-Off

2018 will be a year of festivities as we kick off our UNR Med 50th Anniversary Celebration. Starting this spring and continuing over the next year, we will celebrate 50 years of excellence in medical education. You will hear more about several exciting events, programs and initiatives as we get closer to the official 50th Anniversary on March 25, 2019.

Welcome Class of 2022 – August 2018

MedFIT returns after a successful inaugural
year. The two-week orientation program will
wrap-up with Family Day and the time-honored
White Coat Ceremony.

Perhaps more than most, this year is shaping up to be a particularly significant one for UNR Med. I look forward to sharing institutional achievements, notable events, individual accomplishments, and news of the many ways we serve our community and the State of Nevada.


At this year’s inaugural dinner, we presented two special awards: WCMS Community Service Awards were presented to Thomas L. Schwenk, M.D., dean of the University of Nevada School of Medicine and to the members of the Clark County Medical Society. These were in addition to the President’s Award and the C.H. Woods Awards, which are presented annually.


WCMS Board Community Service Awards
This year the WCMS board decided that due to extraordinary events and effort, we wanted to recognize one individual and one group with special community recognition awards.

Thomas L. Schwenk, M.D., is serving as the tenth dean of the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine and also as the second vice-president of the University of Nevada, Reno, Division of Health Sciences since July, 2011.

Prior to coming to Nevada, he spent more than 27 years in faculty and leadership posts at the University of Michigan, chairing family medicine for 25 years.
He has served in reviewer or editor roles for several medical journals, including his current service as a reviewer with the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) and deputy editor with Journal Watch. Dr. Schwenk has co-authored more than 130 research and clinical articles, book chapters and books, most of which focus on psychological aspects of medical practice.

When Dr. Schwenk came to Reno in 2011, I’m not entirely sure he knew exactly what he was getting into. For those of you who may not know, at the time the medical school for students was split with the first two years in Reno and the last two in Las Vegas. Because of the physician shortage in Nevada, there seemed to be a consensus on how to increase the number of medical school positions in the state by expanding undergraduate medical education in both the North and the South. After somewhat turbulent process, 6 years later, we now have a medical school here in the north where students will now stay here for their 3rd/4th years to get their clinical experience. In addition, compared to many “traditional” medical schools, the medical school here is much more integrated with existing community hospitals, physicians and other institutions. This has taken an incredibly amount of work, effort and political savvy. The WCMS board is excited about this opportunity and greatly appreciative of the work of Dr. Schwenk and UNR to help increase the pipeline of physicians in our community and combat our current physician shortage.


Clark County Medical Society
It’s a Sunday night, October 1. If you’re like me, you’re probably gearing up for the long week ahead. The next thing you hear is there’s an active shooter firing at concert goers who are there from all over the country. Over a 10-minute stretch, over 1100 rounds are fired at a crowd of over 22,000 people. By the end of the night, 58 people are dead, and 546 people are injured in the deadliest mas shooting by an individual in US history.

While obviously an incredibly devastating and tragic event, the response from the medical community in Clark County was truly incredible and inspiring. While Governor Sandoval signed an emergency order to allow out of state providers to assist in the aftermath, the physicians, hospitals, first responders, hospitals and medical staff were able to provide incredible care for all of these people. For those of you who are familiar with trauma care, this demonstrates the importance of preparation, planning and coordination that is needed. And while our medical communities plan and train for these types of events, actually having to go through them can also be emotionally traumatic for the physicians. Every time I read stories about the physician response in Las Vegas, it was a reminder of how important we are for our communities and how, even during the darkest times, physicians have the ability to provide care and comfort.


Presidential Service Award
This special honor is awarded by the outgoing WCMS President and is given to an individual, organization or company who over the past year has gone above and beyond the call of duty.

Sherri Rice, executive director for Access to Health Care, is a dreamer who made her dream a reality. In 2006, Sherri decided to do something about the fact that too many people in Washoe County were uninsured. On the back of a cocktail napkin, she sketched out a shared responsibility health care model that allows people to get into see a physician for care. The shared access model remains at the heart of AHN, but in the following years the scope of services of AHN have grown. Since 2006, over 300,000 have had contact with AHN. She is someone who recognized a problem in our community and had the energy and drive to make things better. Sherri is also the first person to talk about how much support she gets from her AHN team and from the community but because of her initial vision, many people in our community have gotten the care they desperately needed.


Like most of you, we still care for a generation of older patients who were affected by polio- there’s still a few people left living in iron lungs because of polio. Unfortunately, some people in our society have short term memories and would rather believe “avocado” than the sum of the best scientists and physicians who have dedicated their careers to preventing disease. Leading that charge in Nevada is Heidi Parker from Immunize Nevada. Heidi battles every day to promote improving immunization rates in Nevada. This is not a glamorous job. Getting someone immunized and preventing a disease isn’t as high tech as a cutting-edge procedure or new medication. But the impact of getting people immunized is incredible. Along with getting scientifically accurate information out to the community, Heidi and her team work with providers, offices and other organizations to help get people immunized which we know improves the health
of our community.


C.H. Woods Award Presentation
This annual prestigious award is bestowed upon a society physician member who best demonstrates the art of medicine and who has the “magic touch” when it comes to caring for their patients. The award is named after the first president of WCMS. We feel this award represents our “People’s Choice Award” as it is the physician members who ultimately nominate the candidates. We are pleased to announce that this year’s recipient is Dr. Brian Juell.

Brian E. Juell, M.D., F.A.C.S. (Fellow of the American College of Surgeons) is a graduate of the University of Utah College of Medicine, and completed his General Surgery Residency at the University of Michigan. Dr. Juell is well regarded for his work with conditions of the breast. Other areas of special interest lie in abdominal exploration and repair, vascular disorders, colorectal procedures, advanced trauma and critical care – in which he is certified – and many other aspects of general surgery. Dr. Juell also specializes in Advanced & Robotic Hernia Repair and is a member of the Americas Hernia Society.

He is currently a member of the Southwest Surgical Congress, American Society of Breast Surgery and the American College of Surgeons. Dr. Juell is also a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Nevada School of Medicine.

Dr. Juell is a member of the trauma panel at Renown Regional and a member of the surgical intensivist panel at Renown Regional Medical Center. He is also the current director for Renown’s Breast Cancer Center. He is the only surgeon in Northern Nevada certified in breast ultrasound by the American Societies of Breast Surgeons & Radiology.

Dr. Juell is the past Chief of Staff for Saint Mary’s and is on the Quality Improvement Committee for Prominence Health Plans. He is currently the President of Western Physicians Alliance. He is the Chairman of the Committee of Applicants for the Nevada (District 2) American College of Surgeons.


swanger-ronaldGood evening and thank you all for coming, I would like to start by extending my appreciation and gratitude to Mary Ann and Wendy for making this event possible. I would also like to thank my partners: Ross Golding, Eric Kraemer, and Vijay Sekhon for their understanding and flexibility in coordinating schedules to allow me to participate in the Washoe County Medical Society.

Most importantly, I want to thank my mother, who I am so happy can be here tonight, and my wife and four boys, who I could not make it through life without. I love you Diane, thank you for always encouraging and supporting me. Finally, I would like to thank our colleagues from the Alliance, Clark County Medical Society, Dr.s Adashek, Baron and Havins, with Executive Director Alex Silverman, and Cat O’Mara, Executive Director of the NSMA, for attending tonight.

I am truly honored and privileged to be your 112th President of the Washoe County Medical Society. Many of you are my friends, and many of you I do not know. For those who know me, I have recently been described by Reno Diagnostics Centers staff as, “dependable and always patient with any questions from the staff, treats everyone with respect and kindness, has a contagious sense of humor, and has an incredible bedside manner and puts our patients at ease.” The last one is my favorite. I had to put that in for all the people in the room who think that radiologists are antisocial geeks who sit in dark rooms spending their days talking to a computer. For those who do not know me, I value and try to instill in my children a strong work ethic, philanthropy, and showing love to your friends and family above all else. I really do try my hardest, and give it the most I can at the time. I genuinely feel bad when I make a mistake and will admit to it. The last thing I want to tell you about myself is that I pride myself on being highly approachable. I would hope anyone, no matter what specialty, institution, or practice, would feel comfortable talking with me. I view it as my duty to be your impartial President, maintain your confidence, and represent the Society to the best of my ability.

The Washoe County Medical Society is in a rebuilding phase. We have a new Executive Director, new office, and new software to integrate our membership database information, billing, and website all in one. In the past several years, we have begun reaching out to the local hospitals and the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine. We will continue these partnerships conducting community outreach and physician education, with our first symposia this year discussing the impact and implementation of AB474, the Governor’s opioid bill. This, and many other great efforts, are only possible through the tremendous work of staff and volunteer time of your fellow physicians.

We have met multiple times over this past year to develop a strategic plan and direction for WCMS for the next 3-5 years, as well as to discuss how we can increase membership. The question we always come back to is, “How can the WCMS provide value to each of its’ members?” What makes someone want to be a member? Obviously, we provide membership discounts through our Group Purchasing Organization, of which some of you I’m guessing did not know exists. In collaboration with the NSMA, the Governmental Affairs Commission provides superb lobbying on behalf of all physicians in Nevada having a profound impact on legislation. Then there is the social component. Our two major events are our annual installation dinner and Fall meet and greet, which we will continue as a family friendly function like this past year at Bartley Ranch. Personally, I have made a lot of really good friends through WCMS. Meetings like this one not only provide opportunities for meeting new colleagues and practice building but allows friends to come together.

As a student of the UNR Executive MBA program, I partnered with fellow classmates to do a thorough review of WCMS and create a marketing plan. We found that WCMS has long been an organization with a high private practice demographic of mature physicians. We would like to expand and encourage membership from hospital-based physicians, as well as residents and medical students, increasing membership among younger physicians. To that end, this year we will have more educational seminars, social engagements, and networking opportunities for members and prospective members. With our new software integrating web pages and membership database information combined with social media sites Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Instagram we will work hard to improve our communication with members without overwhelming you all with emails. I sure hope to see many of you at other events throughout this year and look forward to making some new friends.

Thank you all for coming and have a wonderful night.


Pasternak_Andy-200x300Washoe County Medical Society had a fantastic 2017.   I want to thank each and every one of you for your membership and for your individual contributions to WCMS. Under the leadership of our executive director Mary Ann McCauley, WCMS has been striving to better meet the needs of our members and our community. We are going to see some great new member benefits in the next few years and I am excited about where WCMS is headed.

Washoe County Medical Society had a fantastic 2017. I want to thank each and every one of you for your membership and for your individual contributions to WCMS. Under the leadership of our executive director Mary Ann McCauley, WCMS has been striving to better meet the needs of our members and our community. We are going to see some great new member benefits in the next few years and I am excited about where WCMS is headed.

I specifically want thank everyone on the WCMS board, the committee chairs and everyone who served on committees for sharing your precious time and knowledge.

As I talk to young physicians, residents and medical students about why they should become WCMS members, the biggest perk for me personally has been having the opportunity to interact with so many incredible colleagues and learn in so many ways. To Mary Ann and Wendy- your work this year was incredible!

While this is a bit of a report, it’s good to remember that this is truly a list of the member benefits of WCMS and NSMA. These accomplishments were the direct result of your membership and the energy put in by you and your fellow members. I ask you to please spread the word about the efforts of WCMS and NSMA to your non-member colleagues in 2018.
We had regulatory success working with the board of pharmacy to change the regulations so your RN or MA can help you refill medications using your electronic prescribing system.

So what did we accomplish in 2017?

Here are just some of the highlights:

Our governmental affairs committee worked incredibly hard during a legislative session that had a huge focus on health care.

We defeated a board of health regulation that would fine individual physicians $25,000 if they didn’t report a patient with cancer
to the cancer registry.

We secured a veto of an insurance company bill that would ban balance billing and cap fees for out of network health care services giving a huge advantage to insurance companies.

In response to the prescription pain medication crisis, we helped to shape NV 474 which will change how we prescribe narcotic pain meds. While certainly not perfect, the law is better than it started out due to the input of our members. In addition, we have put together a tool set to help providers comply with the law and will continue to work with physicians in our community. We’re already talking about legislative fixes to parts of the laws for the next legislative session.

Within Washoe County, we have reached out and provided education about heart issues in athletes, narcotics and other important medical issues. We have also started to work with Northern Nevada organizations on ways that we can partner with them to better educate our community.

Our Medical Practice committee continues to help educate physicians and staff on how we can best adjust our practices to meet the challenges of MIPS and MACRA.

Our Allied Public Health committee started to address issues such as sex trafficking, and added some thoughtful input on many of the legislative issues we faced this year.

Our Public Relations committee organized some lovely events, put on another fantastic mini-internship for members of our community and is expanding our footprint using social media.

After getting frozen out, we got our Facebook page back.

Financially, we ended up $30,000 above budget.

We weren’t planning on it, but we moved
to a new location.

We tried to get a dragon boat team together (OK that wasn’t a success)

Personally, I received 2,766 WCMS related e-mails.

We battled CCMS to a draw in a heated bocce ball tournament at this year’s NSMA meeting.

We vetted a number of membership database systems and websites and will be rolling out this new system in early 2018.

The system will streamline communication, allow members to update their own information and renew their memberships on-line. It will also improve our web-presence for both physicians and members of the community.

More recently, I’m proud to announce that WCMS is part of a community-wide effort to help prevent physician burnout. The Northern Nevada Physicians Wellness Coalition is bringing together representatives from Renown, Northern Nevada Medical Center, St. Mary’s, the University of Nevada-Reno School of Medicine, the VA and WCMS to address the issues that are causing physician burnout as well as provide solutions for physicians.

Finally, we revised the bylaws and made them more inline with the bylaws of NSMA. In doing so, we also cleaned up our committee structure which will help us move forward, especially with regards to focusing more specifically on membership. In addition, these bylaw changes will add student and resident representatives from the University of Nevada School of Medicine to the WCMS board. Out of all of things we’ve done, this is the one I’m most excited about. It is essential to hear concerns from the next generation of physicians and introduce them to the importance of organized medicine.

WCMS had a great year due to the incredible work of our physicians. I am excited to see where we head next under the outstanding leadership of Dr. Swanger. Since some weeks this year Ron and I saw more of each other than our wives, I can personally vouch that WCMS is in great hands.

On a personal note, I’ve have been fortunate to have a number of leadership opportunities throughout my career. Representing so many phenomenal physicians as WCMS President has been a truly special opportunity. I have learned so much from everyone I have worked with this year and will be indebted to all of you for this special honor.


Lyn E. Beggs. PLLCIn December 2014, I wrote about the delegation of administration of certain cosmetic substances to medical assistants. The laws regarding this issue have substantially changed recently and it is recommended that physicians, and physician assistants review these laws to ensure they are familiar with legal requirements for the proper supervision and delegation of tasks to medical assistants.

NRS 630.0129 defines a medical assistant as an individual who “ (a) performs clinical tasks under the supervision of a physician or physician assistant; and (b) does not hold a license, certificate or registration issued by a professional licensing or regulatory board in this State to perform such clinical tasks.”1 In the case of cosmetic procedures, medical assistants are often referred to as “medical aestheticians”. This term does not exist in Nevada law. An individual who performs a clinical task is a medical assistant, regardless of the location of the individual.

NAC chapter 630 was amended in 2013 to better define what tasks may be delegated and the level of supervision required for medical assistants. In 2016, NAC 630.810 which sets forth the criteria for when a task may be delegated to a medical assistant was further amended. A task may be delegated only (by a physician or physician assistant) if the practitioner knows the medical assistant has the training and skill required; a certificate or license is not required to perform the task; the medical assistant is employed by the practitioner or the two share the same employer; and the employer must document in the medical assistant’s employment record that they have been appropriately trained and are competent to perform the delegated task. Practitioners should review the regulation in full.

Additional statutory changes were recently passed during the 2017 Nevada legislative session.
Senate Bill 101, effective as of July 1, 2017, now prohibits medical assistants from injecting botox2 or dermal/soft tissue fillers.

Violation of this prohibition by a practitioner not only may subject them to disciplinary action, but under chapter 629, violation of the prohibition will constitute a misdemeanor. Practitioners are highly advised to review the bill in its entirety at the following link:

Ms. Beggs, owner of the Law Offices of Lyn E. Beggs, PLLC, focuses her practice primarily on administrative and professional licensing board issues in addition to representing healthcare providers on a variety of issues. Ms. Beggs may be reached at 775-432-1918 or at

1For the purposes of this article, references are being made to NRS and NAC chapters 630 which are applicable to medical doctors, not osteopathic physicians which are governed by NRS and NAC chapters 633.
2The bill’s language specifies “a neuromodulator that is derived from Clostridium botulinum or is biosimilar to or the bioequivalent of such a neuromodulator”.


Graphic Design USA (GDUSA) has awarded NJ Designs’ founder and creative director Natalie Ede with an award for her outstanding design work on the Washoe County Medical Society’s bi-monthly publication the WCMS Communicator and will be featuring her award-winning design in their latest publication GDUSA.

“I am honored to receive such high praise for my work,” said Natalie. “My goal as a designer is and has always been to make sure my clients are happy. To also receive national recognition for my work for the fourth time in my career is truly icing on the cake.”

“We have a much more engaging newsletter with this new design,” said Mary Ann, WCMS executive director. “This national recognition is a great testimony to Natalie’s talent.”

This year there were over 1,000 entries; a highly selective 15 percent were selected for recognition.

Graphic Design USA (GDUSA) has published the winners of its 2017 Health + Wellness Design Awards™. These awards honor designers in the critical areas of our economy including: traditional medicine and healthcare, healthy lifestyles and nutrition, and public health messaging.

For more than five decades, GDUSA has sponsored design competitions that spotlight areas of excellence and opportunity for creative professionals. The Health + Wellness Design Awards are open to everyone in the graphic arts community — including graphic design firms, advertising agencies, in-house corporate and institutional designers, publishers and other media.

“Graphic design is among the fastest growing professions in this country,” said GDUSA Editor Gordon Kaye. “Its importance is increasingly recognized in commerce and culture.”
According to Gordon, the winners of the Health + Wellness Design Awards are among the most talented and effective designers working today. “They are the best and brightest the creative community has to offer,” said Kaye.

An awards showcase appears in print, the web, as well as in digital format for desktop, tablet and phone. The Sponsor of this year’s competition is Erickson Stock.


Anita Savell, medical student at UNRThe first months of medical school have been a learning process. Week 1, I was prepared to do whatever it took to  get through the mountains of material, no matter the time required. Week 2, I learned that I need to sleep enough if I  want to function. Week 3, I found a tentative sleep/study balance. Week 4, as I prepared for my first exam, I began to see that my studying efforts were fruitful—I remembered far more than I expected to!

Many describe the medical school workload as “drinking from a fire hose”, but as a first-year medical student, I find that the pancake metaphor is much more encompassing. For those of you that are not familiar with it, the metaphor goes a little like this.

Every day in medical school, students are served four to five pancakes (four to five lectures). It’s manageable. But the trick is that if one does not eat all her pancakes for any given day, they get added to the next day’s stack. If a student is not diligent about eating her pancakes, she may find herself 60 pancakes deep with only three days before an exam.

I have found that these pancakes come in many flavors. Some lectures are exciting and enticing, while others are more difficult to swallow. Telling friends, the day’s pancake flavors has actually become a pretty effective way to communicate a day’s difficulty. Telling a friend that medical school is hard will typically elicit responses along the lines of, “You are a great student! It cannot be too bad” or “you are the best student I know!”. However, when I tell my friends or family that I just ate three mushroom and liver pancakes, they immediately understand my plight and are more able to empathize with the unique struggles of medical school.

With the first block of medical school behind me, I have settled into what is at present a doable rhythm of learning—that is still supremely challenging.

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112th Inaugural Dinner Set for January 13 Join Us as We Bring the Great Outdoors Indoors

Plan to join us January 13 at the Renaissance to celebrate the installation of the 2018 WCMS 2018 board officers and directors. Our slate of officers includes: president will be Ron Swanger, M.D., automatic succession to president; Reed W. Dopf, II, M.D., president-elect; and Jay K. Morgan, M.D., secretary/treasurer. We also will be electing two directors as yet to be named.


Bringing the Great Outdoors Indoors

The evening begins at 6:00 pm with cocktails and conversation. Dinner, the installation and awards starts at 7:30 pm. Once the business of the annual meeting is concluded, there’ll be music for dancing by a jazz quartet led by Jim Garaventa, a member of the
Reno Jazz Orchestra.

We are pleased to have several sponsors already committed to help us make this a great celebration. As of November 20 our sponsors include:

Platinum $5,500
Reno Diagnostic Centers
Reno Orthopedic Center
Sierra Neurosurgery
Spine Nevada

Gold $3,500
Silver Sage Center for Family Medicine

Silver $2,500

Bronze $1,500
Nevada Advanced Pain Specialists
Reno Cyberknife
Saint Mary’s Medical Center

Brass $750

Pewter $500
Nevada ENT & Hearing
Nevada Heart Surgeons

If you wish to become a sponsor, please contact Wendy Hernandez at or 775-825-0278. She’s our sponsorship wonder woman and will be most happy to help you choose  the right level for you.

Because of our sponsors, we’re able to keep the dinner cost to $90 a person. The menu includes pan-roasted fillet mignon, seared Halibut and the chef’s choice of a vegan/vegetarian entrée. Wine is included at dinner. The bar is hosted.

Watch your mail at home for your invitation, which is arriving before the holidays.