School of Medicine 2021

School of Medicine 2021

Before a child ever believes they can pursue a certain career, it’s important they see someone in that role who looks like them or comes from where they come from.

The University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine is committed to helping underrepresented students prepare for medical school, which is why developing and expanding Pathways to Medicine is a priority. 

Your gift to Pathways to Medicine will help underrepresented students see themselves as future physicians.

See It To Be It connects aspiring physicians with medical students and physicians from populations underrepresented in medicine and from medically underserved rural, LGBTQ+, and low income communities. The program was inspired by the film “Black Men in White Coats,” where young black men shared the difficulties of pursuing a profession when they rarely saw physicians who looked like them. 

TRiO Pre-Med Scholars Program removes barriers to success in higher education by providing low-income, first-generation undergraduates the academic assistance and support they need to successfully complete their undergraduate degree in preparation for medical school.

UNR Med’s Post-Baccalaureate Certificate Program provide college graduates who previously struggled in the classroom with an opportunity to demonstrate their readiness for medical school by completing a one-year curriculum of upper-division science in a rigorous curriculum that mimics the intensity of medical school.

“Donning the white coat for the first time, it felt almost surreal – that I, a first-generation medical student had put in the hard work to get this far. The future of medicine doesn't just lie in technological advancements or scientific discoveries. The future of medicine is about diversity, and reflecting a new, dynamic generation of doctors who represent every and any patient.”

-Leanne Perez, UNR Med Class of 2024 

Please join us in building stronger Pathways to Medicine. Together, we can help a diverse population of future physicians achieve their dreams and ultimately deliver more equitable health care services to our communities.

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

You can make your gift in a variety of ways:

Online on this page

By Phone: Call (775) 784-1587

By Mail: University of Nevada, Reno Foundation Mail Stop 0162, 1664 N Virginia St Reno, NV 89557-0162

Please make checks payable to University of Nevada, Reno Foundation and indicate that you'd like to support UNR Med’s Pathways to Medicine.

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