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University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine

Medical School

Mailing Address
1664 N Virginia St
Reno, Nevada 89557
(775) 784-6063
School Information
"Providing an Unrivaled Education since 1969, the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine has prepared more than 3,500 students, residents and fellows to lead the way to better health. Students are drawn to the small class sizes, award-winning faculty members and well-balanced work and school life. Our goal is to engage students in the pursuit of clinical excellence as lifelong learners through leadership, communication and teamwork and to support faculty in the development, delivery and evaluation of the curriculum" (Source:
General Information
On March 30, 2021, the University of Nevada, Reno Medical School published a newsletter article highlighting some of their DEI initiatives, including efforts to "increase the cultural competence and humility of our current health care workforce by helping to develop and deliver curricular content for medical students, Physician Assistant students and residents with classes on topics such as implicit bias, strategies to mitigate bias, health care disparities, structural racism in health care, microaggressions and active bystander intervention, and cultural humility." The UNR Medical School has a landing page discussing its view on diversity, stating "commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion is more than a wall plaque – it’s a promise. A promise we back with meaningful and measurable actions." It also has a banner highlighting "Black lives matter" and another stating "We value queer lives." The school also has a page highlighting its efforts for creating a more diverse and inclusive campus. They state "We actively work to ensure accountability of our learners and faculty through reporting, recognition and awards." See developments below:

Actions Taken

Admissions Policies
  • The school's diversity and inclusion landing page has references to specifically recruiting students, faculty, and staff with a focus on race, gender, socio-economic status, etc.
  • UNR Medical school published a policy for hiring faculty and senior staff that highlights diversity. In the "Purpose/Background" section, it states "The School of Medicine engages in systematic and focused recruitment activities to achieve mission-based diversity outcomes in addition to merit and qualification goals." It also mentions that all members of a search commitee are "responsible for promoting diversity and inclusivity throughout the search process, using the Diversity Checklist to inform and guide best practices."
Anti-Racism, Bias, and Diversity Training
  • The University of Nevada Reno medical school hosts a recurring monthly virtual discussion that is open to all issues relating to diversity and inclusion.
  • The University of Nevada Reno Medical School has a quarterly lecture series titled "Diversity Health Series" that discusses various diversity issues. Past topics have included "Racial Disparities Along the Reproductive Continuum," "Focusing Upstream: Race, Class, and the Enduring Struggle for Health Equity," and "Structural Racism in Health Care."
  • The school hosts an annual event called the Inclusive Medicine Series which is "aimed at creating a larger conversation of diversity and inclusion issues facing the community and campus." The page for this annual event states that it has been occurring since 2017.
  • UNR School of Medicine has a page that discusses their efforts to develop curriculum and implicit bias measurement tools. It states they have developed the "The Implicit Bias Research Group (IBRG)" to provide training on implicit bias for faculty and admissions committees and medical students.
Faculty/Staff Requirements
  • The medical school discusses their view on diversity, stating "A diverse culture is one of our most defining values, because it is who we are and what we do." The page also discusses that they "require faculty candidates to describe how they will contribute to our diverse culture and values."
  • UNR School of Medicine has a page with links to external sites with anti-racism topics including allyship, police violence, books, movies, etc.
Symbolic Actions
  • The UNR Medical School publishes the winners of 2 diversity and inclusion awards. One for a student and one for a faculty member.
  • UNR School of Medicine states that they are working "to ensure opportunities for faculty of all backgrounds to nurture advancement and promotion in their career development."
  • The UNR Medical School published an undated letter in support of Black Lives Matter, discussing symbolic actions and policy changes that the school made "to address the impact of racism on campus." This included reviewing policing standards, celebrating Colin Kaepernick and those Black social justice pioneers who came before him on our campus, and exploring test score alternatives.
Last updated July 16th, 2023
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