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University of Nevada (School of Medicine)

The University of Nevada School of Medicine admits 52 students each year, most of whom are Nevada residents. The first two years of the curriculum - the basic science years - are taught at the Reno campus. The third and fourth years - the clinical years - are spent in hospitals and clinics throughout the state. The medical school gives students the opportunity to work on research projects, interact with patients, work with physicians throughout the state, and experience the excitement of becoming a physician.

The School of Medicine is one of a growing number of medical schools across the country to begin clinical training in the first two years of medical education. First year students spend two afternoons each week with a primary care physician in a clinical setting. This unique opportunity allows students to experience how "real" medicine is practiced at the beginning of medical school.

The University of Nevada School of Medicine offers students the opportunity to earn a combined medical and doctoral degree. The M.D./Ph.D. program is designed for students who are intrigued with the idea of using their medical skills in research instead of patient care. The program is selective - only three to four students are admitted from the medical school student body each year - and tailored to student’s individual needs. Students participate in the standard two-year basic sciences curriculum, complete two to three years of graduate study to meet the requirements for the doctorate, then complete their clinical years. The program requires seven to eight years, and students are awarded a combined M.D./Ph.D. upon completion.

The University of Nevada School of Medicine (UNSOM) blends traditional coursework with early clinical learning experiences. Introduction to Patient Care is a two year course which exposes students to the fundamentals of patient history taking, the physical exam, and clinical diagnosis. The Clinical Problem Solving (Year 1-2) and Clinical Reasoning in Medicine (Year 3) course set extends this process through patient case management. Traditional Basic Science courses and Clinical Clerkships provide a rounded education for our future physicians. In addition, UNSOM students are required to take a 4 week Advanced Clinical Experience in Rural Health Care in the 4th Year.

The University of Nevada School of Medicine is one of the nation’s most vibrant medical schools. The School offers services in the fastest growing state in the nation and is successfully educating physicians to meet the diverse and changing health needs of the state and the country. The medical school offers an expansive
variety of patient-care programs. Programs include cutting-edge specialty practices in kidney transplantation, in-vitro fertilization, Alzheimer’s disease, genetics, critical care and trauma treatment and advanced microsurgery, as well as comprehensive,
integrated programs in internal medicine, pediatrics, oncology, obstetrics and women’s health issues and psychiatry.

Students work alongside almost 1,000 faculty and community physicians beginning early in their first year. By the time students complete four years of coursework, they will have experienced every aspect of patient care available in clinics, hospitals, doctors’ offices and other health care facilities in urban and
rural areas of the state.

Intentionally small and selective, the school accepts a class of 52 students each year. Students receive individualized instruction and attention as they interact closely with faculty in the classroom, laboratories, hospitals and clinics.

The school takes pride in the achievements of its faculty and students. Graduates have gone on to prestigious residency and postgraduate programs at Harvard, Yale,
University of Washington, Stanford, Baylor College of Medicine and many others. Since graduating its first class of MDs in 1980, the medical school has produced a distinguished group of alumni, who serve as
practitioners and academicians throughout Nevada and
the nation.

The faculty of the University of Nevada School of Medicine is dedicated to the training of caring and competent physicians who will be responsive to their patients and local communities. In addition to their teaching duties, distinguished faculty members also
make significant contributions to the advancement
of medical science.
Researchers at the school have achieved major breakthroughs in fetal cell transplantation, research into the Hanta virus and the discovery of chloride channels within the cells of the heart. Ongoing research projects
may lead to better diagnosis and treatment of diseases of the digestive tract, AIDS, cancer, cardiovascular diseases and viruses; as well as a better understanding of the effects of stress and nutrition on the body.
The school operates a kidney and pancreas transplant program at University Medical Center in Las Vegas and a bone marrow transplant unit at Washoe Medical Center in Reno. The School is also home to the Women’s Health Initiative which is one of only 40 National Institutes of Health sites in the country for long-term research on the health condition of women. Federal grants, non-profit foundations and private donors support research at the University of Nevada School of Medicine. Among them are prestigious organizations
such as the National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation and the American Heart Association.

The School of Medicine is a statewide program, offering clinical services and education in Reno, Las Vegas, Elko, and other rural communities. Students spend the first two years on the school's main campus in Reno. Beginning in Year III, students can choose to complete their clinical training on the Las Vegas Clinical Campus, or combine training in Reno and Las Vegas. Students graduate from Nevada having learned medicine in all the possible practice locations. This helps students make good decisions about residency programs and specialty choices.

Once students complete the MD program, they are prepared to enter residency training. Nevada students have attended in residency training in all specialty areas and around the country.

School name:University of NevadaSchool of Medicine
Address:1664 N. Virginia Street
Zip & city:NV 89557-0071 Nevada

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The school has implemented innovative changes to better prepare students for the dynamic world of medicine. The curriculum emphasizes the skills necessary to be a successful physician, including a strong generalized medical course of study.

The first two years of the curriculum emphasize the basic medical and behavioral sciences and give students the skills to apply the basic sciences to clinical practice. Coursework includes anatomy, histology,
genetics, biochemistry, behavioral sciences,
pharmacology, physiology, pathology, microbiology,
community health and clinical problem solving. Students learn how to do complete patient history and physicals, along with the diagnosis and treatment of patients’
illnesses. Students are assigned to a primary care mentor in their first year and one day a week see patients alongside their mentor. Students learn how to work with patients on a long-term basis, as well as relating the patient to the rest of the health care system.


* Human Biochemistry
* Gross Anatomy
* Human Histology
* Medical Neuroscience
* Medical Cell Biology
* Clinical Problem Solving I
* Nutrition Applications
* Human Behavior
* Introduction to Patient Care
* Systems Physiology
* Human Embryology


* Medical Microbiology
* Clinical Problem Solving II
* Medical Pharmacology
*General Human Pathology/Lab Medicine
* System Human Pathology/Lab Medicine
* Medical Molecular Genetics
* Community Medicine
* Introduction to Patient Care II
* Psychiatric Medicine


The third and fourth years—the clinical years—are spent in affiliated hospitals, clinics, and ambulatory care centers throughout the state. Community partners include:

• Sierra Health Services
• Mike O’Callaghan Air Force Hospital
• Sunrise Hospital
• Mountain View Hospital
• University Medical Center
• Washoe Medical Center
• Saint Mary’s Regional Medical Center
• Veteran’s Administration Medical Center
• Elko Regional Medical Center

During the third year, students complete clinical rotations in obstetrics and gynecology, pediatrics, psychiatry and surgery. In addition, students complete a 20-week clerkship that combines family medicine, pediatrics and
internal medicine. In the fourth year, student skills are evaluated and the final year of study is structured so that students gain additional experience in areas where it is needed. Students also complete a required rural rotation in the fourth year. This experience is designed
to give students experience in rural medicine. During a student’s senior year, applications are made to various postgraduate residency programs with students participating in the National Resident Matching Program.


* Transition to Clinical Medicine
* Experience in Rural Medicine
* Internal Medicine
* Pediatrics
* Family and Community Medicine
* Psychiatry
* Obstetrics/Gynecology
* Surgery
* Clinical Reasoning in Medicine


* Clinical Experience in Rural Medicine
* Clinical Electives as chosen by student

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