Accomplishments: UNLV School of Medicine

September 29, 2017
Maureen Schafer (Medicine) was interviewed live on the FOX 5 Morning Show this week. She joined anchor Jason Feinberg to talk about Nevada’s doctor shortage and how the School of Medicine is working to attract the best and the brightest to Southern Nevada. In a nearly four-minute-long segment, Schafer explained how the school is pursuing its mission of creating a world-class center of excellence and innovation for medical education, patient care, and research. She also provided an update on...
September 25, 2017
Johan Bester (Medicine) recently published an article, "Dismissal of Child-Patiens for Nonvaccination Should Not Be Policy." This article considers moral arguments to evaluate the ethics of a policy of dismissing a pediatric patient when parents refuse vaccination. It is important to consider the ethics of such a policy, as research shows an increased interest among physicians to respond to vaccine refusal by dismissing of patients. This article shows that such a policy is not ethically...
September 19, 2017
Jay Shen (Department of Healthcare Administration and Policy/School of Community Health Science), Catherine Dingley (Nursing), Pearl Kim (Healthcare Administration and Policy), Ji Yoo (School of Medicine) have been awarded a grant for the Tier III project of the Engaging Patients with Life-Limiting Illnesses on Receiving Palliative Care, funded by the Patient Centered Outcome Research Institute. The project period is from August 2017 to July 2018. The community Co-Lead of the project is Nanette...
September 5, 2017
Johan Bester (Medicine) is the author of "Measles Vaccination is Best for Children: The Argument for Relying on Herd Immunity Fails," a peer-reviewed article published in The Journal of Bioethical Inquiry. The article examines an argument which is sometimes used to forego vaccination for individual children, and instead argues that all children should be vaccinated as a matter of their best interest.
August 10, 2017
Dr. David Howard (Medical) has had a timely essay,  "Where Do I Fit?" accepted for publication in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, the second-highest ranked journal of obstetrics and gynecology in the United States. The essay chronicles his non-traditional journey through the profession of obstetrics and gynecology.
August 8, 2017
Michael Curtis, Brittney Farrow, and Melissa Yzaguirre (all Marriage and Family Therapy) all have been admitted to the 2017-18 Minority Fellowship Program of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy. The program is dedicated to expanding the delivery of culturally competent mental health and substance abuse services to underserved minority populations and increasing the number of culturally competent marriage and family therapists. Additionally, Curtis was awarded the diversity...
May 2, 2017
Dr. Laura Culley (School of Medicine) received the Public Service Award from the Southern Nevada Health District (SNHD) for her excellent collaborative work, bringing together and facilitating diverse, social, and health service agencies and organizations throughout the valley. One recent example of her dedication cited by SNHD is the Mobile Health Collaborative that provided care to nearly 800 families (with follow-up services) and immunized 150 individuals disadvantaged or living in or close...
May 2, 2017
Drs. Ellen Cosgrove and Miriam Bar-on (both School of Medicine) recently were published in the Journal of Graduate Medical Education. Their article, "The Path to Success in Medicine: The Importance of Meaningful Patient Care Experiences in Medical School," appeared in February.       
May 1, 2017
Dr. Barbara Atkinson (School of Medicine) recently received the 2017 Advocate Award from the Community Partners for Better Health for her visionary leadership and dedication to the community. 
November 21, 2016
Parvesh Kumar, (Medicine) presented his research findings at the 2016 annual meeting of the American Society of Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) in Boston. The research co-authored by Dr. Kumar highlights Phase 1 -2 cancer trials to determine if a three-pronged treatment for patients undergoing radical prostatectomy (the removal of the prostate gland and surrounding tissue) for certain types of high-risk prostate cancer was safe, tolerable, and effective. The trial results showed the trimodal...
November 17, 2016
Mark Guadagnoli (Medicine) was one of six leading U.S. researchers in psychology and neuroscience presenting cutting-edge research to improve learning at the Symposium on the Optimization of Learning and Teaching at Mississippi State University. The symposium was attended by students and scientists from around the southeastern United States. It included presentations by scientists from Harvard University, UCLA, and the University of Michigan. Guadagnoli explained how his "Challenge Point...
November 16, 2016
Ellen Cosgrove (Medicine) contributed to two books published in October. The first, Handbook of Clinical Teaching (Springer, October 2016), is a practical guide for effective and efficient teaching of clinical concepts and practices to medical students and residents. Dr. Cosgrove co-edited the book and wrote a chapter focusing on the use of teaching scripts, which is a structured set of steps followed in clinical teaching. This practical handbook will serve as a guide to a comprehensive program...