The University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine is an academic division of the University of Nevada, Reno and grants the Doctor of Medicine (MD) degree. The School of Medicine was founded on March 25, 1969, as the first medical school in the state of Nevada. More than 1,500 MDs have graduated from the School of Medicine. The pre-clinical campus is located in Reno, but the third and fourth years can be spent in hospitals and clinics throughout Nevada. Residencies associated with the School of Medicine are located in Reno. Students may earn the MD-MPH, MD-MBA or MD–PhD degrees as well.
The University of Nevada School of Medicine was established in 1969 by the Nevada State Legislature as a community-based medical school with a mission of educating primary care physicians for rural Nevada. Initially what started as a two-year school with the first class entering in the fall of 1971, the School later became a full four-year medical school. The School of Medicine in 1981 saw its first students receive all four years of undergraduate medical education in Nevada.
The University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine admits approximately 70 students each year, many of whom are Nevada residents. The first two years of the curriculum-the basic science years-are taught at the Reno campus. The third and fourth years-the clinical years-are spent in hospitals and clinics throughout the state.
The University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine proudly has served Nevada for nearly 50 years as the first public medical school. The School of Medicine is a research-intensive, community-based, statewide medical school with campuses in Northern Nevada’s metropolitan and rural areas. Through targeted growth and investment in education, clinical services and research, we are a resource for improving health care regionally and across the country.
The Savitt Medical Library is the academic medical library for the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine. The library was founded in July 1978, after the medical school converted to a four-year, degree-granting program. It was named for Sol and Ella Savitt after their gift made support for the library and its collection possible. Previously it was known as the Life and Health Sciences Library and was housed in the Max C. Fleischmann College of Agriculture in 1958.
The University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine offers unique experiences for our learners. Students have long had high praise for the School of Medicine’s educational programs: the easy accessibility of professors, the small class size, the ability to get into the clinic within weeks of arriving, the progressive curriculum that emphasizes body systems and a team-based approach learning atmosphere. Resident trainees flock to the growing residency and fellowship offerings and the opportunity to participate in clinical care with community-based physicians in diverse rural and urban settings across the state.