School of Medicine

A philanthropic gift is an act of optimism.

When the coronavirus pandemic turned the world upside down this past spring, our student’s lives and their studies were entirely disrupted. Across the country, classrooms went dark and clinical students were pulled from clerkships.

UNR Med was no exception.

What was exceptional, however, was the way UNR Med students responded. They didn’t wait for things to return to “normal”—they got to work, helping whenever and wherever possible with over 4,500 hours of critical volunteer activity. Our students staffed COVID-19 hotlines in rural counties, and worked with REMSA in Washoe County. They conducted health screenings for the school district, supported drive-thru testing for the health department as well as for University Health, and provided child care, pet care, and elderly check-ins for the health care staff who spent long hours away from home. Our students have responded in incredible ways and we ask you to help ensure they are able to continue their studies and important work by making a gift to UNR Med.

Today, our students are back on campus, in their clinical rotations and continuing their education. We are all committed to this community and the future of healthcare around the country. UNR Med is dedicated to all of you, as we continue to look ahead and adapt to what our future will bring.

While it continues to be a challenging time for all of us, including our medical students, we want to offer you an opportunity to help by making a gift to the Student Wellness Fund or the UNR Med COVID-19 Response Fund. Your donation will make an immediate, tangible difference in the lives of our students, faculty and staff. This will help them better meet the demands they’ve been so courageously adapting to this past year.

As 2020 comes to a close, I want to thank you again for the role you play in supporting our students and helping UNR Med advance our mission. We send our warmest wishes and look forward to a hopeful new year!

To learn more about supporting the School of Medicine, please contact Shari Netzel at or (775) 682-6077 or Amelia Lane at or (775) 682-6455.

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