WCMS Dean’s Dispatch

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.

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