Featured Associate: University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine
For most students, July is the height of summer vacation. Instead of hitting the books, they might be lounging by the pool, working a summer job, or heading off on a trip. But for PA students at the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine’s new PA Studies program, the academic year is just beginning—and they’ve got a lot of hard work ahead of them.
We are proud to announce the arrival of a new member of the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine (UNR Med) family! Our new Physician Assistant (PA) Studies Program arrived on July 2, the first PA program in the Nevada System of Higher Education. Our inaugural class of 24 students will embark on a 25-month journey. Upon graduation, these bright students will become much-needed healthcare professionals and one more way UNR Med is addressing the healthcare shortage in Nevada.
The PA studies program at UNR was born out of the need to increase the number of health care providers in northern Nevada. Before it was developed, the closest PA program was in Sacramento, California. As Nevada’s population continues to grow and age, the shortage will only become more pronounced, and other providers will have to step in to help fill the gap.
“UNR Med’s new PA Studies Program is a testament to the unwavering commitment of our School of Medicine, our University, our community partners and our state over the past four years to make a PA Studies program a reality at UNR Med,” said University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine Dean, Thomas L. Schwenk, M.D.
For more information on the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine’s PA Studies Program, please click here.