RENO, Nev. (KOLO) - They looked excited, eager to learn, if a little long in the tooth, in their newly donned lab coats.
They were, in fact, state and community leaders enrolled, at least for the day, in the UNR School of Medicine and they had a full day ahead of them.
"We admit them at the beginning of the day," said. Dr. Melissa Piaseki. "We give them a white coat. Then we take them to anatomy lab. We take them to our basic science lab. Later they'll be seeing patients. At the end of the day we're going to graduate them."
The school dates back to 1969 and has in the half century since sent more than 18-hundred new physicians out into the world.
This gathering was designed to give these leaders a glance into what it takes to do that.
"Sometimes being here is the best way to understand it," said Dr. Piaseki. "But we also want them to be part of our story and to understand how our school is working to expand the number of physicians in northern Nevada and how we're also working to expand access to medical care."
A lesser known mission of the school is research.
"We have a basic science department doing global impact research on infectious disease and other important problems."
They also learn the school's students have long been part of the local medical community providing care before and after they graduate.
"We provided critical care services out in the community. University Health is our medical practice group. We're providing care for the people of northern Nevada in a number of specialties."
"Our students are training at the local hospitals and doctor's offices. This is great for a couple of reasons. One is that they're learning great care. Another is they're seeing the kind of medicine and the places they want to come back to practice."
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