Nevada System of Higher Education
Health Sciences System Newsletter 
March 2015
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:
School of Medicine's Class of 2015 learns residency match results

The University of Nevada's medical students continued their tradition of placing in some of the nation's most competitive residency programs today when the Class of 2015 learned the results of the National Resident Matching Program.

Sixty-nine students matched with residency institutions in Nevada and across the nation and will enter specialties ranging from anesthesiology to physical medicine and rehabilitation. The Class of 2015's top specialty choices were anesthesiology, emergency medicine, general surgery and internal medicine.

"The fact that so many of our students placed into the nation's most competitive residency programs speaks well to the level of training and education they receive here at the School of Medicine," said Cherie Singer, Ph.D., associate dean of admissions and student affairs. 

"For example, for the first time in our school's history, we had two students match in very competitive and prestigious residency programs at UC San Francisco and two at the Mayo Clinic."  


9th Annual Give Kids a Smile Day at TMCC Helps 18 Children


Eighteen children received free dental hygiene services including check-up x-rays, dental exams and teeth cleaning during Give Kids a Smile Day at Truckee Meadows Community College. Services provided are valued at $965 for this unique day focused on preventive care.


"The value of a healthy, happy smile is priceless," said Julie Stage-Rosenberg, coordinator of the event, and dental hygiene professor. "TMCC student dental assistants and hygienists truly make a difference in the college community, and in the lives they touch."


The 9th annual community service event took place on Saturday, Feb. 21 on TMCC's Dandini campus. In addition to dental check-ups, the kids also benefitted from instructions about keeping a healthy smile, and were given a goodie bag with toothbrush, floss, and toothpaste. Dental sealants were placed to protect back teeth, and referrals to dental resources in the community were given to children with decay who are in need of restorative treatment.


Lee F. Del Grande Foundation donated funds for most of the needed supplies, Stage-Rosenberg said. TMCC's dental assisting faculty and Dr. David Lund volunteered their time to help supervise dental assisting and dental hygiene students.


More information about the Dental Assisting program can be found by calling 775-673-7115, and the Dental Hygiene program at 775-673-8247.

UNSOM and Orvis Nursing ranked among the nation's best grad schools



The University of Nevada School of Medicine and the Orvis School of Nursing have been ranked among the nation's best graduate schools and programs as published by U.S. News and World Report in March 2015.


The Orvis School of Nursing achieved an especially impressive jump, ranking No. 171 among the best schools for nursing, up 22 points from 2014. 


"This ranking reflects the commitment and hard work of our nursing faculty in building and expanding our graduate programs," Patsy Ruchala, director of the Orvis School of Nursing, said. "Now more than ever, nurses prepared with graduate degrees are needed to meet the leadership, primary health and specialty health care needs of our state and nation. The Orvis School of Nursing is committed to meeting those needs through rigorous and quality nursing education."


Of the University of Nevada School of Medicine's ranking at No. 88 among the best schools of medicine, Dean Thomas Schwenk said, "We are proud that we continue to be ranked highly as a research-intensive, primary care oriented, community-based medical school.


In the "best graduate programs" health category, the clinical psychology, speech pathology and social work programs were all ranked.


Overall, the University achieved four graduate school rankings and 23 graduate-program rankings. In determining its rankings, U.S. News analyzed statistics of nearly 1,900 graduate programs. Graduate school and program ranking methodologies vary by discipline, although include expert opinions on program quality and various statistical indicators.


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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