CEO Blog: Educating the Physicians of Tomorrow

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Renown Health President and CEO Tony Slonim, MD, DrPH, explains the importance of education for the next generation of clinicians.

As we plan for the future of healthcare in northern Nevada, educating future physicians is one of our top priorities in ensuring that our ever-growing and diverse region has access to world-class care. That’s why education is a key pillar of the strategic partnerships we have formed with the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine and St. George’s University in Grenada.

At UNR Med, we’re working to integrate medical offices, expand residencies and fellowships as well as launch the area’s first master of physician assistant studies program at the University of Nevada’s Redfield Campus in south Reno.

Our innovative partnership with St. George’s University in Grenada brings medical students to Nevada for their clinical rotations and final year of training. That’s not only good for education, it helps to advance our physician supply in northern Nevada where it’s been historically difficult to recruit physicians.

 

But learning doesn’t have to end when a residency is completed, and it shouldn’t. I hope more than anything else that we’re educating our young physicians and medical students to be life-long learners, and I spend a fair amount of time with educators exploring ways to encourage a culture of continuous growth.

Physicians also play an important role in leading healthcare organizations of all sizes, from medical departments to entire hospitals and health systems. Experience at the bedside and caring for patients and families gives the physician leader important insights into the individual patient experience and how the larger system can address the needs of broader populations.

In recognizing the importance of training and mentorship for these physician leaders, I’ve also dedicated a great deal of energy to organizations like the American Association of Physician Leadership, and as the inaugural editor-in-chief of the Physician Leadership Journal, I’ve worked to make sure physician leaders have access to the resources they require.

I’m extremely proud of my Renown colleagues, including Douglas Merrill, MD, MBA, who share their perspective and expertise with not just this organization, but with the healthcare industry as a whole. You can read Dr. Merrill’s article, “Speak Up,” in the American Journal of Medicine’s JAMA journal.

I thank my colleagues, the community and our partners for working so collaboratively to build the healthcare system of the future. Together, we can create a healthier tomorrow for Nevadans.

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