UNR Med and Renown Health on Patient Safety Model


UNR Med’s graduate medical education program has been selected as part of a groundbreaking patient safety collaborative.

Courtesy University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine 

The Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education announced Sept. 13 that University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine has been selected to participate in a patient safety collaborative along with eight other institutions. Over the next 18 months, this collaborative will work to create and test a framework for residents and fellows to generate a standard for a culture of patient safety in graduate medical programs across the country, including UNR Med’s program with Renown Health.

“I am excited to see the remarkable things we can do together — for our residents and patients — that can be a model for graduate medical education partnerships throughout the nation,” says David L. Carlson, M.D., M.Div., UNR Med’s designated institutional official and associate dean for graduate medical education.


Renown Health has already begun developing training programs concerning patient safety, and as a part of the collaborative, UNR Med residents and fellows will actively engage with this programming to conduct formal needs assessments, collect longitudinal data and identify areas for improvement.

“By example, UNR Med and Renown Health are shaping the future of preventative medicine and population health across the nation,” says Doug Merrill, M.D., MBA, Renown executive vice president and chief medical and academic officer. “Residents and fellows will be part of the innovative culture of safety models in our hospitals, community patient practices and throughout our telemedicine network.”