UNLV’s CampMed guides high school freshman

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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.

TATIANA VILLAMIL

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Historic Partnership Between UMC, Clark County And The UNLV School Of Medicine

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Historic Partnership between UMC, Clark County and the UNLV School of Medicine Creates World Class Center for Medical Education

Nevada’s newest physicians will receive the most innovative and technologically advanced medical education under an historic partnership between UMC, Clark County and the UNLV School of Medicine.

On Tuesday, May 17th, the Clark County Board of Commissioners adopted a Resolution of Intent to Transfer Ownership of the property, located at 625 Shadow Lane, to enable the UNLV School of Medicine to build state-of-the-art training and education facilities in direct partnership with UMC.

“UMC has been serving our community, as an academic medical center, for decades and this exciting new partnership dramatically expands our fundamental role in the training of the next generation of physicians for Southern Nevada,” said UMC CEO Mason VanHouweling. “We are proud to have UNLV School of Medicine students and residents learning at the elbow of our world-renowned physicians and clinicians at UMC.”

The UNLV School of Medicine plans to begin its first class of students in July, 2017.

“This is a significant milestone for the UNLV School of Medicine and our community,” said Dr. Barbara Atkinson, Founding Dean, UNLV School of Medicine. “The partnership with the county and University Medical Center will further our mission to build a premier medical school and academic health center that serves the residents of southern Nevada,” said Dr. Barbara Atkinson, Founding Dean of the UNLV School of Medicine. “We are extremely grateful for this land and the partnership that it represents with the County and UMC.”

Clark County will convey approximately 10 acres of land, where the former health district once stood, to build the first UNLV School of Medicine building in close proximity to UMC in support of training, residency, fellowship and research programs that will benefit the medical school and the hospital.

“This partnership will bring the most advanced form of medical training to Southern Nevada while serving the needs of a diverse population, further ensuring our community is home to the best and brightest physicians,” said Clark County Commissioner and Chairman of the UMC Board of Trustees Lawrence Weekly.

The Clark County Commission Resolution of Intent is the first agreement to be presented in a series of public meetings set prior to the Board of County Commissioners’ anticipated final approval on June 21st.

“Las Vegas is one of the last urban communities in the nation to add a new medical school to its core resources and this remarkable partnership between UMC, Clark County and UNLV has been worth the wait,” said Chairman of the UMC Governing Board John O’Reilly. “The UNLV School of Medicine will provide the medical education and clinical training of the future right here at home, continuing our role in the community as the premier academic health center.”

“The creation of this important collaboration with Clark County and UMC represents a key step in the fulfillment of the Board of Regents’ original vision for the development of a top-notch UNLV School of Medicine,” said Regent James Dean Leavitt, chairperson of the Regents’ Health Sciences System Committee. “We appreciate Clark County and UMC’s support of this vision and we look forward to a long-term relationship that will help improve health care for all of southern Nevada.”
UMC is committed to offering the highest level of care in Nevada, providing a wide range of exclusive and specialized health care services to community members and visitors. UMC is home to Nevada’s only Level I Trauma Center, only Burn Care Center and only Center for Transplantation. Through Children’s Hospital of Nevada at UMC, the health system also provides patients with access to Nevada’s only Designated Pediatric Trauma Center. Children’s Hospital of Nevada at UMC serves as the state’s only hospital to be recognized and accepted as an associate member of the Children’s Hospital Association. Offering highly skilled physicians, nurses and staff members supported by the latest, cutting-edge technology, UMC and Children’s Hospital of Nevada continue to build upon their shared reputation for providing the highest level of care. In support of its mission to serve as the premier academic health center, UMC is the anchor partner for the new UNLV School of Medicine. For more information, please visit www.umcsn.com and www.chnv.org.

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Amerigroup Nevada Gift Supports UNLV School Of Medicine’s Goal To Improve Access To Care For Southern Nevada Children

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LAS VEGAS – May 10, 2016 – Amerigroup Nevada President Eric Lloyd presented UNLV School of Medicine Founding Dean Dr. Barbara Atkinson, with a $15,000 gift to improve access to health care services at several Clark County School District school-based health care centers (SBHCs).

“We know that when children don’t receive regular access to care, their health often suffers, and when they’re sick, it impacts their health and ultimately their ability to be in the classroom learning,” said Lloyd. “This is why Amerigroup Nevada is proud to work with UNLV School of Medicine to enhance its community outreach, clinical and medical education of its future pediatricians to increase access to health care services, such as acute care, well visits and sports physicals for Clark County School District (CCSD) children,” added Lloyd.

Currently, there are about a dozen SBHCs in the Clark County that offer a range of services for low- income and underserved children, such as primary and preventive medical screenings, immunizations, sports physicals and treatments for common illnesses and minor injuries.

The University of Nevada School of Medicine (UNSOM) Department of Pediatrics currently staffs four of these clinics with residents who are training to become pediatricians under faculty supervision. In July 2017, the UNSOM Department of Pediatrics in Las Vegas and its residency program, will transition to UNLV School of Medicine.

“The UNLV School of Medicine hopes to lead the way in improving access to health care for Medicaid and underserved populations – it’s one of the medical school’s core missions,” says Dr. Tracey Green, vice dean for clinical affairs, UNLV School of Medicine. The medical school wants to have a more visible presence at SBHCs and to offer comprehensive health care services, including prevention, primary care and behavioral health. Long-term, the medical school would like to expand the services offered to include dental and vision care; and to increase the number of SBHCs in the state.”

This unique partnership provides Clark County’ students access to quality health care services, from UNSOM and soon — UNLV School of Medicine’s future physicians. CCSD SBHC’s are typically located at schools located in communities that have been impacted by economic challenges. SBHCs reduce barriers to care for students by facilitating access to sports physicals and wellness exams, which provide preventative care and keep them from going without treatment for common health problems.

“UNLV School of Medicine aims to integrate the care provided at SBHCs into each child’s network of care. That way, the SBHC will not be an isolated entity but will be part of a coordinated network,

working with primary care physicians or helping children get connected to the care they need. “We want to be proactive, not reactive with our children’s health care,” emphasized Dr. Green.

Amerigroup Nevada helps improve health care access and quality for approximately 185,000 low- income Nevadans by developing innovative care management programs and services. Members are assured care that is not only accessible, but also accountable, comprehensive, integrated and patient- centered. Amerigroup Nevada provides ongoing community relations and outreach to encourage members to become active participants in their health care. Through health education programs, members are empowered to choose and sustain a healthy lifestyle.

UNLV is a doctoral-degree-granting institution of approximately 29,000 students and more than 3,000 faculty and staff that is classified by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching as a research university with high research activity. UNLV offers a broad range of respected academic programs and is on a path to join the top tier of national public research universities. The university is committed to recruiting and retaining top students and faculty, educating the region’s diversifying population and workforce, driving economic activity through increased research and community partnerships, and creating an academic health center for Southern Nevada that includes the launch of a new School of Medicine. UNLV is located on a 332-acre main campus and two satellite campuses in Southern Nevada. Learn more at UNLV.edu

The Story Of Building A Medical School

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Friends and Colleagues,

A public medical school such as UNLV School of Medicine needs to demonstrate its value to the Governor, Nevada legislators, Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE) Board of Regents, and the public to secure the funding vital to its success.

One of the main reasons I started this newsletter was to tell the story of building a medical school with all its many components, share our progress and major milestones, and demonstrate our value to the community.

Gearing up for the 2017 Legislative Session
The Nevada legislature meets every two years from February to May. However, they work year-round on their respective committees and subcommittees to continue addressing issues affecting Nevadans. The UNLV School of Medicine has been reporting its progress on a regular basis to the Interim Finance Committee, the Legislative Education Committee and the Legislative Committee on Health Care. Last week two major events occurred that focused our attention on the next legislative session.

Southern Nevada Economic Forum
The Southern Nevada Economic Forum is a bipartisan group of legislators from Southern Nevada who have been meeting with stakeholders for several months to identify their legislative priorities for 2017. Subcommittees examined economic and workforce development, good governance, K-12 education, higher education, health care, and transportation.

In April, I testified before the Southern Nevada Forum’s Economic and Workforce Development Committee chaired by Assemblywoman Irene Bustamante Adams. I outlined the school’s four core missions, our recent progress, and three-year priorities – all of which underscored the need for financial support to our base budget in the next legislative session.

Last Thursday, the subcommittees’ work of the Southern Nevada Forum culminated at a large public meeting of more than 200 people. Each committee chair discussed the legislative issues they had identified then asked the audience to vote for its top three priorities under each category. Funding to support an increase to the UNLV School of Medicine base budget was voted as the top priority for both the economic and the higher education groups. This means our funding for the next biennium (July 2017-June 2019) will be a high priority for the legislature and for support from the Las Vegas Metro Chamber of Commerce, which sponsors the Southern Nevada Forum’s meetings.

Legislative Council Bureau
Last Friday, the Legislative Council Bureau’s (LCB) staff visited UNLV to review our progress, budgetary needs for the next session, and toured the medical school’s interim student educational space at the Shadow Lane campus. The LCB staff supports legislators from both the Senate and the Assembly as they oversee the use of state funds and plan support for new programs. The timetable for preparation of the UNLV School of Medicine budget for the 2017 legislative session, which begins in February is as follows:

  • March 2016: First presentation of the UNLV School of Medicine budget before the Board of Regents (BOR)
  • June 2016: Second presentation to the BOR
  • August 2016: Final approval by the BOR. The budget then goes from the BOR to the Governor as part of the full NSHE budget
  • February 2017: Governor presents his state-of-the-state address outlining his priorities for the session and then submits his budget to the legislature for their consideration
  • February – June 2017: Nevada Legislature holds budget hearings, discussions and debates, and then votes on the final biennium budget and various other bills that have been under consideration

I want to thank Governor Sandoval, the NSHE Regents and all of the legislators for their work and dedication to improve Nevada’s health care system. I very much appreciate the support everyone has provided to UNLV School of Medicine.

Best wishes,

Barbara

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Making The Rounds With Founding Dean Dr. Barbara Atkinson

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Friends and Colleagues,

For the last six years I have had the honor and privilege of serving on the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues (the Bioethics Commission).

Either the President or Congress, for over 40 years, has selected a commission and outlined its charge. President Barack Obama did the same, and in May 2010 he asked us to explore the ethical aspects of synthetic biology. It was the first of many assignments the commission received.

About the Commission. The following statement is used on the Bioethics Commission’s webpage to explain the commission and its work:

“The Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues (the Bioethics Commission) is an advisory panel of the nation’s leaders in medicine, science, ethics, religion, law, and engineering. The Bioethics Commission advises the President on bioethical issues arising from advances in biomedicine and related areas of science and technology. The Bioethics Commission seeks to identify and promote policies and practices that ensure scientific research, health care delivery, and technological innovation are conducted in a socially and ethically responsible manner.”Issue42

The current Commission consists of 10 members, each of whom had to be nominated and vetted carefully by the White House. I believe my nomination to the Commission was by Kathleen Sebelius, the former Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS). Secretary Sebelius also was the former Governor of Kansas, with whom I worked closely in Kansas to open an NCI-designated Cancer Center.

Chair of the commission is Amy Gutman, Ph.D., president of the University of Pennsylvania, is a political scientist and one of the foremost ethicists in the country. Vice Chair is James Wagner, Ph.D., president of Emory University, an award-winning teacher and scientist in engineering. Each member brings their own unique expertise in medical research, science and clinical care of patients, which led to some interesting discussions as we considered each ethical topic and our recommendations surrounding it.

Commission meetings. Since 2010 we’ve had 24 meetings and explored nine topics ranging from The Ethics of Synthetic Biology and Emerging Technologies to Ethics and Ebola: Public Health Planning and Response. Each meeting lasts one to two days and consists of listening to subject experts, the publethicsic, and Q&A from the panel of speakers who provided their expertise and recommendations for our consideration. At the end, we write a detailed monograph on each topic. Here is the complete list of the commission’s studies.

Today, I’m in Washington, D.C. to work on our last project, a “Reflections Project,” where we hear from top bioethicists of the last four Presidential Bioethics Commissions and two international bioethics groups. We want to frame the role of bioethics in medicine and science, and particularly the role of the commission, and how it can help impact the future. You can view it here.

The Commission’s staff: While we meet and deliberate our recommendations, the wonderful full-time staff of the Commission works hard to draft reports for us to review and endorse. They are the ones who get the actual work of the Commission done. At our peak, there were about 20 staff including communicators, research analysts, writers, and most importantly, Lisa M Lee, Ph.D., the Executive Director of the Commission, who has led the team since year two.

Next Steps: As the work of the Commission winds down, the team’s priority is educational outreach. The staff are putting their efforts into getting the information compiled by the Commission into the hands of politicians, the public, medical schools, hospitals and research scientists. Some of the Commission’s recommendations require changes to statute to ensure patient privacy and protections, while some require additional research, such as testing vaccines for safety in young adults, then teenagers, before testing vaccines on younger children.

This experience has been truly inspirational for me. I’m not a bioethicist by training, but I’ve always had an interest in it and have taught it to medical students. I’m so grateful for the subject experts I’ve been able to meet with and learn from, and for my commission colleagues, whom I’ve learned from as well. I can’t wait to incorporate this work into our bioethics curriculum.

Best wishes,

Barbara

The Commission has a wealth of fascinating educational materials. You can find the materials here.

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Building A Stellar Team – UNLV School Of Medicine Continues To Grow

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Friends and Colleagues,

One of my most rewarding achievements over the past year has been recruiting a stellar team to build a first-rate medical school at UNLV.

When I started in May 2014, my team consisted of a part-time assistant and me. For the first six months, I met with stakeholders daily to learn what was needed to build an innovative medical school that would meet the long-term needs of Las Vegas and Nevada. What followed was a vision for the school based on conversations with community leaders, the Nevada System of Higher Education and our Board of Regents, state legislators, local physicians and hospital administrators, University of Nevada School of Medicine faculty, the Clark County Medical Society, UNLV faculty, and many, many more. One of the highlights was a meeting with Richard Morgan, founding dean of the William S. Boyd School of Law, who used “excellence” as the cornerstone for making decisions and recruiting faculty.

Later in 2014, The Lincy Institute at UNLV hosted a forum for the Southern Nevada community, “Valuing a UNLV Medical School.” The forum detailed the significant economic and health care benefits of allopathic (MD) medical schools in large metro areas and the impact of increased GME (residencies) positions in the state. Video of several of the presentations.

Building the Medical School Team

Right after this event, Maureen Schafer agreed to serve as my chief of staff. Maureen worked with Julie Murray, CEO and principal of Moonridge Group Philanthropy Catalysts, to assemble the medical school’s 45-member Community Advisory Board. Mersina Swearinger also joined the team as my executive assistant in January.

Next, I recruited the school’s top leadership, which I divided into four teams based on the communitymedical school’s core missions: education, clinical practice activity, research, and community service.

The education team was the first to form, and they immediately got to work on the herculean task of developing every aspect of the medical school’s curriculum by December 2015 to meet our accreditation timeline. The education team, led by Ellen Cosgrove, MD, Vice Dean for Academic Affairs and Education, includes:

  • Samuel Parrish MD, Senior Associate Dean for Student Affairs and Admissions;
  • Laura Culley, MD, Associate Dean for Health Policy and Community Affairs. Dr. Culley also oversees our community service activities;
  • Stephen Dahlem, MD, Director of Case-Based Learning; and
  • Neil Haycocks, MD, Director of Biomedical Science Integrations

UNLV provided excellent support for the medical school’s philanthropy, communications, and financial effort, but we needed to create our own infrastructure to keep up with the rapid rate at which we were growing. We recruited Pam Udall, director of communications in April.

By the time Gov. Brian Sandoval and Nevada Legislature approved our start-up funding and signed it into law in July 2015, we had nine employees, including myself.

Team Growth and Continued Momentum

Since the end of the 2015 Nevada Legislative Session, we have rounded out our administrative team with these additional hires:

  • Jeffrie Jones, Director of Development
  • Feride McAlpine, Associate Dean for Administration and Human Resources
  • Kim Meyer, Senior Associate Dean for Finance and Business
  • Joanne Muellenbach, Founding Health Sciences Librarian
  • Susan O’Brien, Assistant General Counsel

Two of our most pivotal leaders for advancing our clinical and research missions joined the team in February. Tracey Green, MD, as Vice Dean for Clinical Affairs, and Parvesh Kumar, MD, as Senior Associate Dean for Clinical Research.

Today, our faculty and staff has grown to 29 members. I am very proud of this incredible team. We all are working hard to get our individual and collective goals accomplished. See the organizational charts for the UNLV School of Medicine Dean’s office and Academic Affairs

My personal leadership style is to hire outstanding leaders who have the desire and ability to build their own programs. I find that if we agree at the beginning about what the program should be and provide the necessary resources, great leaders can build excellent programs.

When people ask if I have trouble recruiting to Las Vegas, I say “not at all.” I’m recruiting people who share the vision to improve access to care for Southern Nevadans. My leadership team is excited about creating brand new, innovative programs for a new medical school. This kind of opportunity is rare in academic medicine. Our entire team shares the excitement and passion for what we are collectively building.

Best wishes,

Barbara

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UNLV School Of Medicine Introduces Virtual Anatomy Learning System

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Friends and Colleagues,
Last week, the UNLV School of Medicine education team had the opportunity to see a demonstration of a new virtual anatomy learning system, technology that will replace traditional anatomy education as part of our innovative curriculum.
Virtual anatomy means teaching students with images of real bodies created by CT or MRI scans. These techniques along with physical examination, ultrasound, and regular x-rays are how patients are evaluated.
Two of the companies we’re evaluating use what are called “tables” to teach students anatomy. In reality, they are onstock imageline computer programs seen on a large screen monitor.
The Department of Physical Therapy also is considering this technology, and many thanks to physical therapy professor Louie Puentedura for organizing last week’s meeting with one of the companies we’re considering. The demonstration was amazing and I can’t wait for our students to begin using this new learning technology.
How Virtual Anatomy Works
Virtual anatomy “tables” are computer screens with images of a male and female body obtained from CT and MRI scans and loaded as complete human forms into a system. Students can then take apart the image in layers as you would a dissection or just remove everything down to muscles, then remove each muscle independently to see what is underneath. You also can remove tissue down to bone, leaving the nerves and arteries in place. It is amazing to view the body in a three-dimensional way and from all angles to see how things fit together. Another plus, is that we can program which diseases we want the students to learn about, such as a heart attack or aneurysm.
Traditional Approach
Traditionally, medical students learn about the human body through gross anatomy, which involves the dissection of a human body and often marks the rite of passage for new medical students. Gowns, masks and the smell of embalming fluid often are the hallmarks for a medical student’s first day at medical school — another 180 hours follow that are spent dissecting blood vessels, nerves, and ligaments trying to remember what attaches to what.
I was one of those medical students who didn’t learn much from all those hours in the anatomy laboratory. Some students learned a lot, while others like me, couldn’t convert a flat dissection into a three-dimensional understanding of how the body fits together. There were a few reasons why I couldn’t remember it. First, I was assigned to work with a group of four students, and only two of us did the work. I was so busy doing the dissection, trying to find the muscles with their blood and nerve supplies, that I often missed the big picture. For me there was no connection between the cadavers we dissected to the specific diseases we needed to learn about.
I became a pathologist and the bodies I later worked on were not embalmed and looked entirely different. The techniques for determining the cause of death and diseases also were different.
I actually learned most of my anatomy from pictures in the famous Atlas of Human Anatomy by Frank Netter, and from listening to my husband as we drove back and forth to school and work.
It is truly amazing how much technology has changed. To learn more please view these two videos / video.
Best wishes,
Barbara  

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Associate Dean of Research Assumes Additional Role: Principal Investigator (PI) Of A Major Grant For UNLV School Of Medicine

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Friends and Colleagues,
In March I announced the addition of Parvesh Kumar, MD, to the UNLV School of Medicine faculty. Dr. Kumar oversees the medical school’s research efforts and cancer program as the senior associate dean for research, professor and chair of the department of radiation oncology, and cancer program director. Recently, Dr. Kumar added another role to this list: Principal Investigator (PI) of the Mountain West Institutional Development Award (IDeA) Clinical and Translational Research – Infrastructure Network (CTR-IN) grant held by UNLV.
What does this mean and how does it impact UNLV and Nevada?
The Mountain West CTR-IN Grant: This CTR-IN award is a five year, $20 million grant, designed to help faculty members by providing bio-statistical support, career development services, mentoring and seed money for small pilot grants so they can become more competitive for additional34d03a17-4e51-49b6-ab51-304e6c9a363d grant funding. The Mountain West CTR-IN program provides support for faculty members across thirteen universities, in seven states, including Nevada, New Mexico, Montana, Wyoming, Idaho, Alaska, and Hawaii. Faculty members at any one of these universities in the Mountain West region can submit a research project and apply for funding directly from this grant. One of the main goals for researchers is to gain enough preliminary data to submit and receive a grant directly from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and other federal funding agencies. Just as importantly, by going through this competitive peer-review process of applying for and getting funding for pilot grants, faculty members “learn” how to do research, thereby elevating the overall research “culture” in the Mountain West region, which is one of the main goals of this IDeA CTR-IN program.
The IDeA Program: The NIH began this program in 1993 to enhance the competitiveness of investigators and to build research capacity among the states that receive substantially less nationally funded research dollars than average. There are 23 states and Puerto Rico classified as IDeA states, and in aggregate, they receive less research funding than the other top 27 states.
There are several other IDeA programs that benefit Nevada:
  • IDeA Networks of Biomedical Research Excellence (INBRE) grant at the University of Nevada Reno. James Kenyon, PhD, served as the PI for the grant until recently. Josh Baker, PhD, is the new PI. This grant supports all NSHE institutions throughout Nevada that conduct all types of research from basic to clinical, bringing a total of $17.5 million to the state over the next five years.
  • Centers for Biomedical Research Excellence (COBRE) awards. These awards typically are around a particular research theme and support three junior faculty member projects and provide core activities that are jointly used by all three projects. Jeffrey Cummings, MD, medical director of the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health and UNLV received a COBRE grant last September. The $11.1 million, five-year grant will be used to advance Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s research. Read more about the grant. Recently, UNLV’s Nevada Institute for Personalized Medicine also submitted a COBRE grant application and will find out if they received funding several months from now.
This Mountain West CTR-IN grant supports faculty development and core programs to help achieve additional NIH and other federal funding for clinical and translational research. Clinical research involves working directly on or about human subjects, for example, clinical trials for a new drug. Translational research moves findings from the basic science laboratory bench to patient care.
We look forward to working on these exciting programs and many more research opportunities in the future.
Best wishes,
Barbara  

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United Health Foundation Presented UNLV School Of Medicine With A $3 Million Grant

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Friends and Colleagues,

What an exciting day. The United Health Foundation presented the UNLV School of Medicine with a $3 million grant. The funds will support new programs and help us plan UNLV community health clinics where our students will spend their third year taking care of patients and learning under the supervision of faculty physicians and other health professionals.

Community Health Clinics
A core piece of our clinical program will include support for the expanded Medicaid population that needs greater access to primary care in Nevada. Our clinics will be located in high-need areas and provide patients a place to access all the basic specialties. Our medical students will learn these specialties — family medicine, Issue39internal medicine, pediatrics, obstetrics and gynecology, surgery, neurology and psychiatry — while working in the clinic. Patients will receive a range of services including check-ups, chronic disease management, and care for colds and flu.
Longitudinal Integrated Curriculum
Most medical schools require third-year students to spend most of their time in the hospital learning one specialty at a time. This is called the clerkship year. Our model — the longitudinal integrated clerkship — is completely different. Our students will complete their clerkship entirely in the outpatient setting, where students will learn each specialty over the course of a year, i.e., obstetrics on Monday, family medicine on Tuesday, neurology on Wednesday, and so on. Hospital experiences will take place at the end of the third year and during the fourth year.
Innovative curriculum
The grant also provides support for three innovative programs in our curriculum: population health, hospitality in health care, and bioethics.
  • Population health: Instead of the traditional clinical model, physicians receive incentives to keep you healthy, focus on preventive care, manage chronic diseases, and keep patients out of the emergency rooms or hospital for minor illnesses. Our practices will make profit by keeping patients healthy and ensuring medical care is provided in an effective and efficient manner. This is called population health. With support from the grant we will hire a specialist in population health to guide our population health strategy and research. Our goal is to publish papers based on our findings so we can help others deliver medical care using this model.
  • Hospitality in health care: Since I arrived in Las Vegas, I’ve been so impressed at how hotels and restaurants make their establishments feel welcoming and comfortable. In coordination with UNLV’s Harrah Hotel College, we will hire a joint faculty member to help us plan and incorporate many hospitality best practices into our clinics. This is important in medicine. Many insurance companies now recognize the importance of patient satisfaction. They are now measuring these outcomes and have begun to give additional incentives to doctors with high patient satisfaction.
  • Bioethics: The final project the grant will support is one I’ve described here before, bioethics. We will hiring a faculty member in this area to serve as a resource for planning our curriculum and working with the UNLV Boyd School of Law. They will encourage students and faculty to discuss and share personal points of view on ethical issues that arise in routine patient care. Ethical issues often don’t have a black or white answer but often involve social, cultural, legal and other issues that need to be considered when helping an individual patient and their family. The kinds of issues may include decisions on end-of-life care, how to handle an adolescent with a venereal disease and who needs to be told about that diagnosis, and what should be done about a child who appears to have an addiction.
We are very pleased to be partnering with the United Health Foundation and are grateful to the entire UnitedHealth Group for their incredible support. We also want to thank the Nevada System of Higher Education Board of Regents for their support and help — especially Regents James Dean Leavitt, Dr. Mark Doubrava, and Kevin Page for their vision to create a medical school in Southern Nevada.
Best wishes,
Barbara  

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Hospitality Hall Groundbreaking

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Harrah Hotel College celebrates the construction of its new building.

The Harrah College of Hotel Administration held a groundbreaking ceremony for Hospitality Hall on March 30, 2016. The building will offer 93,500 square feet of experiential learning spaces, a rooftop event space looking toward the Strip, a golf center for the PGA management program, and a student-run cafe.

Dean Stowe Shoemaker noted that the $59 million facility “is designed to be accessible and collaborative, with open halls and common areas for students to interact with other students, educators, and industry.”

Rather than a tossing of dirt with a ceremonial shovel, the groundbreaking celebration involved a sabrage, a technique for opening a champagne bottle with a saber.

The new building will be located just west of the Hotel College’s current home in Frank and Estella Beam Hall and is expected to open at the end of 2017.

UNLV President Len Jessup noted that the costs of construction have been split between state funding and private donors. Founder-level donors include: Caesars Entertainment Foundation; Konami Gaming, Inc.; Las Vegas Sands; MGM Resorts International; Boyd Gaming Corp.; Station Casinos; the J. Willard and Alice S. Marriott Foundation; and the Engelstad Family Foundation. Leader-level donors include Don and Dee Snyder; and Southern Wine and Spirits of Nevada. Benefactor-level donors include: Bob Boughner; Cynthia Kiser Murphey; and Harrah Hotel College faculty.

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