Program Information

Resident Program


The University of Nevada School of Medicine (UNSOM) Internal Medicine program in Reno offers excellent teaching in a friendly, encouraging atmosphere.


Our faculty are dedicated to the educational development of our residents.  They are committed to offering high quality teaching across a variety of subspecialties. 


Here at UNSOM, the residents to work directly with the attendings, getting a more individualized educational experience. 



The UNSOM Internal Medicine Residency Training Program in Reno emphasizes:

  • Primary care
  • Hands-on approach
  • Procedural experience
  • Exposure to all internal medicine subspecialties
  • Education over service
  • Clinical & bench research opportunities
  • High faculty-to-resident ratio



The University of Nevada School of Medicine's Internal Medicine Residency Training Program in Reno is fully accredited by the ACGME.

A large part of the daily educational experience occurs during inpatient rounds at both the VA and Renown Regional Medical Center.

Bedside teaching is a vital part of our resident's educational experience.


Daily didactic sessions are presented at morning report, noon conferences and afternoon ward attending lectures.  These sessions provide formal, evidence-based lectures covering the entire internal medicine curriculum over a 3 year cycle. During the first part of each year topics are directed towards the timely diagnosis and treatment of various medical emergencies.

Didactics feature lectures from both university based faculty as well as our community adjunct faculty, offering a variety of viewpoints, helping to prepare our residents to provide the best possible care. Journal Club, Morbidity and Mortality Rounds, Grand Rounds and Board Review sessions are given regularly.



Currently, our program has 53 residents, eleven of whom are preliminary PGY 1 residents, with forty two categorical resident across the PGY 1 - PGY 3 level.

The small size of our program fits well with the relatively small medical school class size and allows for more individualized teaching.  Additionally, our smaller ward teams (approximately 5 including the attending), enhance teaching and learning opportunities.



While the program is focused towards general internal medicine, those residents interested in subspecialty training have been quite successful in obtaining competitive fellowship positions. Recent graduates have pursued fellowships in Pulmonary/ Critical Care, Hematology and Oncology, Sleep Medicine and Geriatrics.




Our program offers weekly board review sessions, as well as monthly mini-exams.  Our recent 3-year pass rate is: 93%.



Residents have consistently won awards for their clinical and research presentations at the Nevada Regional ACP conference.  Residents have also presented at the national ACP meeting.


Click here to see what our recent graduates are doing

Click here to download the 2012 - 2013 resident handbook


University of Nevada School of Medicine


school of medicine


The University of Nevada School of Medicine (UNSOM) celebrates its 40th anniversary in 2009. UNSOM has a proud tradition of training exceptional physicians in the medical school and its residencies. UNSOM students consistently match in some of the most competitive and demanding specialties.


As the state's only public medical school, the University of Nevada School of Medicine has worked hard to meet Nevada's state-wide health care,  academic and clinical needs. The school includes 16 clinical departments and five nationally recognized basic science departments.

The school also serves as the home to many community health care outreach programs.


Pennington Medical Education Building

Pennington Health and Science Building


Teaching opportunities

Third year students from UNSOM rotate on the wards both at Renown Regional Medical Center and the VA Medical Center. During their rotations, they are directly supervised by the Interns and Senior Residents. This provides the house staff with ample opportunity to
hone their teaching skills.

Additionally, residents are given the opportunity to serve as supervising physicians for the School of Medicine's Student Outreach Clinic.  This free clinic is run by the first and second year students at the medical school and provides free care to the underserved population of Reno. This offers the residents in our program to have an early influence on the training the students receive, while simultaneously providing a valuable service the their community.

Hospital Affiliations


Renown Regional Medical Center

RRMC is northern Nevada’s largest not-for-profit hospital and serves as the primary inpatient training site for our residents. This 800 bed facility recently opened the Tahoe Tower (see picture above), with 190 private patient rooms. Renown uses the EPIC electronic medical record.

Residents at the University of Nevada perform inpatient clinical activities primarily at two sites in the Reno area, Renown Regional Medical Center and the Ioannis A Lougaris VA Medical Center.  Their close proximity allows for easy travel between facilities. The VA Medical Center and RRMC are located less than a mile apart.


RRMC Tahoe Tower - Lobby



Ioannis A. Lougaris VA Medical Center

The VA Medical Center, with its 64 med/surg/psych beds, serves as a major training site for our residents.
An additional 60 beds in the Community Living Center provide an extended care experience. The VA uses the CPRS electronic medical record.



University of Nevada School of Medicine.  Department of Internal Medicine.  Internal Medicine Residency Training Program.

1155 Mill Street (W11), Reno, NV 89502

(775) 327-5174