Schreck plans on specializing in emergency medicine. To that end, even before starting at the UNLV School of Medicine last year, he received his emergency medical technician training (EMT) at the College of Southern Nevada. With that training, he worked on ambulances for Medic West throughout the Las Vegas Valley.
“What I like about the emergency medical system is that the whole system is committed to answering anyone,” he says. “Everyone gets a chance to get assisted.”
While UNLV School of Medicine graduates will recite the Hippocratic Oath upon completion of their studies, each class also is expected to come up with a contemporary oath. Schreck played a key role on the panel that wrote the oath for his class, interfacing with students to ensure that the best ideas were heard.
UNLV School of Medicine Class of 2022 Oath:
As I commit myself to uphold the values and traditions of medicine, I offer this oath to those I will serve and those I will serve alongside.
I will afford everyone the respect and dignity owed a human life. I will treat the suffering of others as my own and treat my patients as greater than the collection of their symptoms. I will respect my patients’ autonomy in their care, so I will value what they value.
I recognize the monumental task of caring for another human being, and I will not attempt this task on my own. I humbly recognize that my knowledge is and always will be incomplete, and I pledge to constantly strive to learn more and to seek the counsel of those alongside me.
I will respect the authority entrusted in me as a physician, and I will utilize this to the benefit of my community. I will advocate for fair treatment, combat injustice, and confront discrimination.
I will embody the virtues that define a good physician. I will be compassionate and not be tainted with cynicism. I will be proactive and not be tempted by complacency. I will care for myself as I care for my patients because I cannot give to others what I myself do not have.
I will remember the reasons I chose to enter this profession. This oath is my dedication to a life of service to humanity, and I pledge to keep this covenant from this moment forward.
Schreck says that medical school is “the hardest educational experience I’ve ever had, but I’ve loved it.” When he needs to take a break, he turns to music.
“I’ve been playing the guitar since I was 10 and enjoy how it helps me relax,” he says.
Four other students, Tyler Blackwell, Laura Wozniak, Darlene Julian and Tristan Bakerink who also use music the same way. They’ve formed a band, Desert Yeti, that occasionally plays at the ReBAR downtown on Main Street.
“You need a good outlet from studying, and music is it for us,” Schreck says.