Hotels Break Out IVs and Oxygen Tanks in Next-Gen Wellness Trends

By | Tourism, Wellness Tourism
Hotels are racing to help you unwind. At least, that’s what you’d be led to believe if you’ve been following the flurry of wellness news that is suddenly dominating the high-end travel industry. And that doesn’t just mean that they’re looking to make an extra buck in the spa. (Though wellness tourism is poised to become a $678.5 billion business by 2017, according to the most recent Global Wellness Tourism Economy report.)
All around the world, properties are rolling out programs that help you stick to your fitness routine, preserve your sleep schedule, or tap into local wellness traditions—some quirkier than others. Here, the trends to try (or avoid) on your next trip.   


Do these things for your brain

By | Healthcare Education OPM

They seem to come out of nowhere, those head-scratching memory glitches that have you fumbling for the name of a movie you just saw, or standing in the middle of the kitchen wondering why you walked in there in the first place.

They can be annoying and sometimes a little scary, but for the majority of older adults these occasional lapses are quite normal.



By | On The Move


Leading Memory Disorders Program Expands With Center-Trained Physician

Monday, July 25, 2016, Las Vegas – Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health welcomes a new staff neuropsychiatrist, Aaron Ritter, MD to the Alzheimer’s disease (AD) and Memory Disorders Program. Ritter joins the Center after a two-year fellowship with the Center’s Neurology and Neuropsychiatry Programs and specializes in neurodegenerative disorders, including AD. Ritter will lead the Center’s growing clinical trials program.

“Aaron is a talented and enthusiastic physician, who, through his fellowship here at the Center, is more than familiar with the outstanding patient care we provide,” said Dr. Jeffrey Cummings, director of Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health. “He’s already made countless contributions to the Center through providing patient care and with our Alzheimer’s disease research and treatment trials, including disinhibition and Rasagiline Rescue. We’re thrilled to have him join our team permanently.”

Ritter received his training at the University of Colorado School of Medicine and moved to Las Vegas after completing a residency in psychiatry at the University of Arizona. Covering a spectrum of memory disorders, Ritter treats patients with AD, dementia with Lewy bodies and frontotemporal dementia.

In addition to providing patient care, Ritter will continue his work in clinical research. Serving as a sub-investigator on numerous clinical trials during his fellowship, he will provide leadership to the Center’s ongoing and upcoming research trials, which are dedicated to finding ways to better diagnose and treat neurodegenerative diseases.

For additional information about Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health, visit

About Cleveland Clinic
Cleveland Clinic is a nonprofit multispecialty academic medical center that integrates clinical and hospital care with research and education. Located in Cleveland, Ohio, it was founded in 1921 by four renowned physicians with a vision of providing outstanding patient care based upon the principles of cooperation, compassion and innovation. Cleveland Clinic has pioneered many medical breakthroughs, including coronary artery bypass surgery and the first face transplant in the United States. U.S.News & World Report consistently names Cleveland Clinic as one of the nation’s best hospitals in its annual “America’s Best Hospitals” survey. More than 3,000 full-time salaried physicians and researchers and 11,000 nurses represent 120 medical specialties and subspecialties. The Cleveland Clinic health system includes a main campus near downtown Cleveland, eight community hospitals, more than 75 Northern Ohio outpatient locations, including 16 full-service Family Health Centers, Cleveland Clinic Florida, the Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health in Las Vegas, Cleveland Clinic Canada, and Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi. In 2013, there were 5.5 million outpatient visits throughout the Cleveland Clinic health system and 157,000 hospital admissions. Patients came for treatment from every state and from more than 130 countries. Visit us at Follow us at

About Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health:
Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health provides state-of-the-art care for cognitive disorders and for the family members of those who suffer from them. The physicians and staff at the Center for Brain Health continuously work towards the development of early diagnosis and the advancement of knowledge concerning mild cognitive disorders, which could one day delay or prevent their onset. Patients receive expert diagnosis and treatment at the Center for Brain Health, which offers a multidisciplinary patient-focused approach to diagnosis and treatment, promoting collaboration across all care providers, offering patients a complete continuum of care and infusing education and research into all that it does. The facility, designed by Frank Gehry, houses clinical space, a diagnostic center, neuroimaging rooms, physician offices, laboratories devoted to clinical research and the Keep Memory Alive Event Center. For more information, visit


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UNLV’s CampMed guides high school freshman

By | University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV)

A three-day camp held July 21-23 at UNLV helped 50 carefully chosen incoming high school freshmen decide if a career in the medical field was right for them.

The camp at 4505 S. Maryland Parkway gave the students hands-on experience and an introduction to clinical medicine and medical self-efficacy.

“This program has interested me more in the medical sciences and opened up my views to what I could do,” said Kimberly Giannantonio, 14 and an incoming freshman at Coronado High School, 1001 Coronado Center Drive. “It’s a lot better than school because the students all have the same interests, and they want to learn rather than being here just because they have to be.”

The teenagers are on their way to their first year in high school, and four to five doctors in each of the 10 students’ teams are mentoring them. Dr. Willis K. Paull, professor of biomedical sciences at Roseman University of Health Sciences, is one of those doctors.

“This is an early motivation for them in their careers,” he said. “We like to target kids at this age because this is the time when they might continue to be excited, or they might drift away.”

This is the inaugural year for this physician camp, and it was a success, according to Cary Huddleston, program coordinator for Desert Meadows Area Health Education Center. The students experienced one on one what it would be like to be in the medical field and what a day in the life of a doctor is like.

The aim of the program is to inspire and motivate teenagers who have declared the medical field to be their career choice.

“Young people today sometimes have a problem visualizing themselves in becoming physicians,” Huddleston said. “They believe it is too far out of their grasp because all you hear is how long it takes to go to school and how expensive it is. We have a horrible health care shortage, especially with physicians, in the state of Nevada. If we can inspire one or two of these campers to pursue a profession as a physician, I think that would be a great win for our state.”

There was tuition assistance for those that needed it. Some students paid the full $210 for the camp, while others paid half, and others, through waivers, were able to attend free.

The application packages, which included essays and the student’s grades, were reviewed by four panelists in late June.

The outcome of the program was so favorable that it will be an ongoing, recurring summer camp for ninth-graders going forward.


UNLV Accreditation Site Visit Update

By | Education
Friends and Colleagues,
Last week we had our accreditation site visit from members of the Liaison Committee for Medical Education (LCME). The distinguished group consisted of Charles Mouton, MD, Barbara Barzansky, PhD, and Sheila Crowe, PhD.
  • Dr. Mouton, a family physician is the former dean of Meharry Medical College,
  • Dr. Barzansky is a former anatomist and secretary of the LCME from the American Medical Association, and
  • Dr. Crowe is the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at the Oklahoma University School of Community Medicine in Tulsa.
The survey site team’s mission was to assess the School’s readiness to accept its first class to the medical school by reviewing if the 12 LCME accreditation standards were met. The team evaluated our accreditation documents prior to arriving. The standards address leadership and planning, finances, faculty, facilities, student support, and of course curriculum.
The site visit began on Sunday, July 17 where I engaged with the team and outlined the school’s vision, mission, history, leadership, academic committees, and faculty. This meeting set the stage for the next two days where the LCME survey site team met with more than 60 members of the UNLV School of Medicine team, UNLV leadership, Las Vegas-based UNR-SOM faculty members, and community representatives.
On Wednesday morning the site team met with Len Jessup, UNLV president, and Diane Chase, UNLV Executive Vice President and Provost and myself to share its initial findings.
Even though the LCME has eliminated the formal category of “strengths” in the formal reports – the site visit team did choose to highlight several strengths they found in our program, which included the following:
  • Experienced and skilled senior leadership team, including myself;
  • Worked inclusively with the university and community to build programs to meet the educational, research, and service missions of the medical school;
  • Developed a thoughtful and innovative curriculum that is well-integrated with the school’s mission;
  • Developed a comprehensive approach to faculty development; and
  • Planned innovative programs with a systematic approach to create a culture of improvement.
The two areas identified as improvement findings are:
  1. developing a targeted diversity plan focused on specific recruitment and retention programs;In 2004, the AAMC clarified and broadened their definition of underrepresented in medicine to a very simple “those racial and ethnic populations that are underrepresented in the medical profession relative to the numbers in the general population”.  This leaves an opportunity for schools to respond to their own local conditions and allows for accumulation of data on larger numbers of ethnic groups. The committee expects to see more specificity in the plans to recruit and retain the groups we have identified.
  2. describing a process to monitor faculty that provides medical care to students will not subsequently evaluate or grade the students.
It’s important that any physician who provides medical to students care, such as physician or psychologist never has the opportunity later to grade the  student’s performance. In our case students will be using the student health services on the main UNLV campus. UNLV School of Medicine will have a firm policy that they will not evaluate students; we must develop a process to ensure this never happens.
Next Steps
  • The survey site visitors will prepare a survey report and document their findings for the LCME Secretariat for review and comment.
  • The site visitor secretary will then send the draft survey team findings. Ten days are allowed to provide feedback to the LCME team secretary on perceived factual errors and concerns in the survey site report.
  • Five weeks before the LCME meeting in October UNLV School of Medicine will receive the final survey report, as will all the members of the LCME.
  • The LCME will meet in mid October and vet the site survey report, along with the medical school’s accreditation documents. At this time committee members could eliminate citations, or could cite other items not found in the site survey report.
  • The LCME will notify UNLV School of Medicine by phone on or before October 20 to share their decision on accreditation. A copy of the final survey report, along with a decision letter that includes the committee’s findings and a description of any items that need to be monitored or addressed by the school will follow.
  • If preliminary accreditation is secured, UNLV School of Medicine will begin the admissions process to accept our first class on the date we receive notification.
We are pleased with the site visit team’s initial report and look forward to hearing from the LCME in October. It’s very exciting. Thank you to everyone who participated in the site visit.
Best wishes,

Clark County students explore medical field at CampMED

By | Education

CampMED, a new three-day summer camp run by Vegas PBS’s Desert Meadows Area Health Education Center, offers Clark County students a chance to play doctor.  The program launched Thursday as a collaborative effort involving the Roseman University of Health Sciences, UNLV, University of Nevada, Reno, and many more educational institutions and health care organizations across the state.