Nevada System of Higher Education
Health Sciences System Newsletter 
April 2014
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:
Humboldt General Hospital, School of Medicine open new rural primary care residency
Humboldt General Hospital in Winnemucca is the site of, and a partner in, the School of Medicine's new rural family medicine residency program. Photo by Keith Clark.



Backed by research indicating that 60 percent of medical residents who train in Nevada remain in state to practice, the University of Nevada School of Medicine opens a new rural family medicine residency training program this summer.
After several years of pursuing a family medicine residency program in rural Nevada, the Department of Family and Community Medicine in Las Vegas announces the successful accreditation for a rural family medicine residency program in Winnemucca.

"I am delighted to announce the initial accreditation of this program that is in collaboration with the Las Vegas family medicine department and Humboldt General Hospital in Winnemucca. This is truly an achievement of momentous proportions and a great example of the statewide nature of the school," said Miriam Bar-on, M.D., associate dean for graduate medical education.


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UNLV nursing faculty selected to attend NIH research training program


University of Nevada, Las Vegas School of Nursing's Alona Angosta, Jennifer Kawi, and Bruce Leonard have been selected to the Summer Genetics Institute (SGI), which is a tuition-free, one-month intensive research training program at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, Maryland. The program, sponsored by the National Institute of Nursing Research, seeks to increase the research capability among graduate students and faculty, and develop and expand clinical practice in genetics among clinicians. 

Administered by the Foundation for Advanced Education in the Sciences (FAES) as one of its Specialty Bio-Tracprograms, the SGI features lectures and hands-on laboratory training. On completion of the program, participants receive eight hours of graduate-level college credit from FAES.


Participants in the SGI will increase their knowledge of molecular genetics for use in research, teaching, and clinical practice.


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TMCC Paramedic Program Expanded and Competive

A determined visionary with 32 years of experience in fire and emergency medical services has set aflame an expanded Paramedic Program at TMCC, and he states with absolute certainty graduates will continue to be known as exemplary - top-notch. Chief Darryl Cleveland came to TMCC in May after leading the North Lyon County Fire Protection District, and before that, launching Rincon Fire Department's Paramedic program, Valley Center, California in April of 2010.


"We're teaching not only paramedic theory at TMCC, but how to be a successful medical professional in any environment that graduates choose to work," said Cleveland, Director of Fire Science.  He encourages students to apply for the Paramedic program well before the June 2deadline because the process will be especially competitive this year. With the program's expansion, there will be 24 available spots for the next school year.

The paramedic certificate of achievement program now boasts an increased teaching staff of two full-time instructors and 25 part-time faculty, many of whom also hold jobs actively practicing emergency medicine. 
TMCC students also have an opportunity not common to many programs.


"We've built a relationship with the University of Nevada School of Medicine, thanks to one of our part time faculty, Charlie Tabano, and our students are able to participate in a working anatomy lab with real human bodies and human organs," Cleveland said. The program is pursuing accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs , and Cleveland anticipates approval by late June. "We are adding prerequisites in a 3-week preparatory course in August," Cleveland said.


More information can be found on the Paramedic Program web pages. 

Did you know: 
The Nevada System of Higher Education has 150 distinct Health Sciences programs throughout eight institutions with an estimated total of 18,000 enrolled students.
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