The University of Nevada School of Medicine is a community-oriented medical school that was founded in
1969. Supplementing university-based faculty, community physicians serve as teachers. The goal is to train
physicians in primary care to be able to provide both
rural health care delivery and treatment in an office or
hospital setting. This school is one of a small group of
4-year semimodern. First and second years: The curriculum emphasizes the biomedical and behavioral
sciences basic to medicine. Basic science disciplines
are integrated with each other and with clinical problems to promote the learning of problem-solving skills.
A clinical correlation course exploring the basics of
biomedical ethics, is taught. Early clinical training is
provided for students to learn patient interviewing,
doctor-patient relationship skills, and the basics of
physical examination and diagnosis. Students spend
time with a physician to observe medical practice in the
office setting and clinic settings. There are also opportunities to participate in basic and clinical science
research throughout the curriculum. Third and fourth
years: These emphasize a balance of ambulatory and
inpatient medical education designed to better prepare
students for residency in all specialties. Third- and
fourth-year students study clinical medicine in Reno,
Las Vegas, and rural Nevada.
Minority admissions: The school is committed to the
recruitment, selection, and retention of individuals who
are members of groups traditionally underrepresented.
The University of Nevada, Reno does not discriminate
on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, creed,
national origin, or physical disability.
In addition to the basic premedical science courses, 1
additional semester of biology, and 2 behavioral science
courses are required. There is no quota for out-of-state
residents, but few are accepted into the second and third
years. High priority for admission is given to Nevada
residents. A very small number of nonresidents from
Alaska, Idaho, Montana, and Wyoming or those with
residential ties with Nevada are considered for admission. Applicants are evaluated on the basis of the level
of their achievement, MCATscores, extracurricular and
health-care related activities, and letters of recommendation. Selected applicants are invited for interviews in
either Reno or LasVegas. Transfer and advanced standing: Possible from U.S. schools only.
Letters and numbers are used in addition to a Pass/Fail
system. Both steps of the USMLE must be taken.
Teaching: Five buildings at the north end of the Reno
campus house classrooms, office space, the library, and
research labs. Clinical facilities are the Veterans
Administration Medical Center, Washoe Medical Center, and the University Medical Center, which provide
some 2000 beds. Library: A Life and Health Sciences
Library holds a significant number of books and subscribes to a wide variety of journals.