The Department of Family and Community Medicine is committed to providing
an environment that supports outstanding patient care; such that our
employees would want to refer their friends and family here for medical
care. In order to achieve this goal; we strive for excellence in resident
and student education, fiscal responsibility, and an appreciation of
the ultimate worth and dignity of every employee and patient.
In order to provide out patients with optimal
medical care, we seek to blend the best of evidenced based medicine
with compassion and our shared clinical acumen in a cost-effective
Education and training of students and residents
is a core value of this department. Recognizing that we are working
with adult learners, our goal is to provide a safe environment in which
learners can expand their knowledge and skills. Acknowledging the breadth
of family medicine, our motto is to encourage learners to “Diagnosis
and manage the common problems uncommonly well”, while also allowing
them to explore individual areas of interest.
We believe that the development and dissemination of new knowledge is vital
to the growth of family medicine, both in the field of patient care and in
education. Therefore we encourage and support faculty, residents and students
who pursue their areas of interest and seek to publish their work
The Family Medicine Residency in Reno is a full-scope, fully accredited program in the Department of Family and Community Medicine. Graduates practice in a variety of settings; from rural to urban, solo family medicine to large groups, traditional family medicine to hospitalists and emergency departments. The Family Medicine Center, the home and heart of the department and residency, is located on the medical school campus. The building is approximately 12,000 square feet and contains a large conference room, a fully equipped minor surgery room, a residents' work area and library, business and faculty offices, laboratory, x-ray and ultrasound. Hospital training in concentrated at the Ionnis Lougaris VA Medical Center and Renown Regional Medical Center in the first year, often working with residents in Internal Medicine and Surgery. During the second and third year residents spend more time in the ambulatory setting, both at the FMC and in private offices, and also manage the inpatient service at St. Mary’s Medical Center where Family Medicine is the only residency.