The Nevada Board of Regents recognized George Norman Christensen, M.D., with a 2019 Distinguished Nevadan award during the University of Nevada, Reno’s afternoon commencement ceremony on Friday, May 17. The Nevada System of Higher Education’s most prestigious honor, the award recognizes prominent individuals who have made significant contributions to the cultural, economic, scientific or social advancement of Nevada and its people. Known for his dedication to the health and well-being of White Pine County residents, Dr. Christensen is credited with introducing ambulance service and training for emergency medical care in rural Nevada and is the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine’s longest serving rural preceptor..

New funds established

Faculty & Staff Fund for Medical Students Scholarship Endowment

For University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine faculty and staff—no matter our role—education is at the heart of the work we do. Together, we have the satisfaction of teaching and training the next generation of health professionals, advancing biomedical science and helping patients and their families. To further demonstrate our commitment to medical education, UNR Med colleagues have established the Faculty & Staff Fund for Medical Students Scholarship Endowment. The inaugural award was given in fall 2018 to Jane Stevens, M.D. ’19, as she completed her fourth year.

Office of Diversity and Inclusion Fund

The work of UNR Med’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion— under the leadership of Nicole Jacobs, Ph.D., founding associate dean of diversity and inclusion—has been driven by a passion to meet the needs of our learners, to care for an increasingly diverse patient population and to address a critical issue of healthcare disparities and inequities in Nevada and beyond. A culture of diversity, equity and inclusion is vital to achieving excellence and success, while fostering and sustaining a diverse, inclusive and welcoming environment for faculty, staff, students and residents. The Office of Diversity and Inclusion Fund was established to help build future success and effectiveness as the School of Medicine continues to educate a diverse and culturally competent workforce.

Scholarships support student success and encourage career discussions based on personal passion and interest, rather than financial considerations. To learn more about supporting the School of Medicine, please contact Shari Netzel, development director, at (775) 682-6077 or snetzel@unr.edu.