Nevada System of Higher Education Health Sciences Newsletter

February 20, 2016 / admin / 0 Comments /

The Health Sciences System (HSS) was established by the Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE) Board of Regents in 2006. Its purpose is to address Nevada’s community health issues through a system-wide effort to integrate and expand the education of health professionals and to foster collaborative research in health and health care.  Through collaboration among the NSHE institutions and a broad range of external partners, the HSS intends to be a catalyst for improvement in the health and wellness of Nevada.  Visit us at:

UNR’s Ruchala named to Northern Nevada Medical Center’s Board of Governors

Congratulations Patsy L. Ruchala, DNSc, RN, recently named to the Board of Governors at Northern Nevada Medical Center. Ruchala serves as the Chief Academic and Administrative Officer of the Orvis School of Nursing. She is also a professor at the University of Nevada.
As a member of Board of Governors, Ruchala will help oversee and enhance an organizational culture focused highly on quality care, patient satisfaction and a positive work environment.
“We are delighted to have Dr. Ruchala as part of our Board of Governors,” said Alan Olive, Chief Executive Officer for NNMC. “With her impressive background and experience in nursing, we know she will be a valuable member of our board.”

UNR’s Ruchala named to Northern Nevada Medical Center’s Board of Governors
Project Medical Education participants learn how to give _bad news_ to a patient-actor in 2015. Photo by Lisa McDonald.
The University of Nevada School of Medicine will host ‘the career of a medical student in a day’ informational program, called Project Medical Education Nevada, for selected government and community leaders in Reno on Tuesday, Feb. 16.
Project Medical Education will guide about a dozen community leaders through a compressed syllabus of the four-year medical school experience including the admissions process, anatomy laboratory, clinical shadowing experiences of the third- and fourth-years of medical school and culminating in the residency match process at the end of the final year of medical school when students learn where they will receive their resident training.

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Another Milestone Reached for UNLV School of Medicine

The UNLV School of Medicine is one step closer to accepting its first class of students. The national accrediting body for allopathic medical education confirmed that planning documents the school submitted in December have earned it a site visit this summer.
“This is fantastic news,” said Founding Dean Barbara Atkinson, M.D., who received the call from the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) secretaries. “As much as you believe in your innovative, exciting program, it’s gratifying to receive the validation from the LCME that we’re on the right path to accreditation.”
The medical school’s accreditation status now moves from “applicant status” to “candidate status”, and stays on track to begin recruiting students this fall for an anticipated first class in July 2017.