Issue 33 - Feb. 23, 2016
Making the Rounds with Founding Dean Dr. Barbara Atkinson
Drs. Tracey Green and Barbara Atkinson
Friends and Colleagues,                

I am thrilled to introduce you to the newest member of the UNLV School of Medicine leadership team -- Tracey Green, MD. As vice dean for clinical affairs and professor of family medicine Dr. Green will set up the medical school's clinical practices.
For the past seven years, Dr. Green has served as the Chief Medical Officer for the Nevada Department of Health and Human Services, where she led a statewide transformation of Nevada's mental health services, and implemented the required policies and directives of the "Affordable Care Act", such as expanding the state's Medicaid program.  
We are fortunate to have Dr. Green's expertise in Medicaid, Medicaid-managed care, and other state and federal payers as we shape our clinical practice. Our third-year students will complete their clerkships in this multidisciplinary practice and all the medical specialties will be taught. Our faculty, students, and residents will provide care to patients in a hospitality-like setting with an emphasis on access for Medicaid and underserved families.
Dr. Green's vision is to build a clinical practice where every patient will be valued and receive the best preventive medicine, counseling, and chronic disease management, as well as general medical care. She says the most important thing is to "teach our students to become the kind of doctors who care deeply about their patients, and value them as individuals. We want our students to take the time to talk to their patients, respect and understand the complexity of their daily lives. By doing so, students will develop an understanding of the complex human spirit, which can then be used by the physician to help guide a patient in making the right choices to ensure a healthy life".
Dr. Green's path into medicine is interesting. She grew up in Massachusetts and began college as a psychology major. She first came West to work as a data analyst in a project with the chimpanzee, Washoe, who was taught to speak using sign language. A mentor encouraged her to consider medical school and she switched her major to biology and attended the University of Nevada, Reno where she earned her medical degree. She completed her residency in family medicine at the Hershey Medical School in Altoona, Pennsylvania. 
I met Dr. Green in October at a conference hosted by the UNLV School of Medicine -- the Partners' Conference on Expanded Medicaid. She also testified at several legislative committees I attended, and I was impressed by her commitment and oversight of the state's Medicaid programs and her passion to ensure all Nevadans have access to high quality care. Please join me in welcoming Dr. Tracey Green to our team.
Best wishes,
Community Advisory Board Video Spotlight

UNLV School of Medicine Community Advisory Board members  discuss the importance of a new medical school in southern Nevada and its impact on our community. Take a few minutes to hear what they have to say.
Thanks Clark County Museum Guild

I had the pleasure of presenting the medical school's progress to the members of the Clark County Museum Guild yesterday. I met  Mark Hall-Patton, the historian often featured on Pawn Stars,  Marilyn Jacobs, and many more wonderful people.
Correction: In last week's newsletter I said I had led 12 site visit teams for the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME). However, some of these visits were for reviewing pathology departments or other in-depth targeted reviews. I actually have led seven LCME full site visits and have been a member of one other one. These visits are a great way to learn the best practices of other medical schools, while assuring from an accreditation standpoint medical schools are providing an excellent education for future doctors.  
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