April 7–8, 2017
Pre-Professional Healthcare Workforce Conference

Skills • Education • Opportunities

Please Note
Registration is required

April 7–8, 2017

Please Note: This event has already occurred.

AHEC Student Ambassador Program

The Pre-Professional Healthcare Workforce conference is a student-driven event from High Sierra Area Health Education Center (AHEC), targeting undergraduate students. Volunteer Student Ambassadors have invited over 25 local healthcare leaders and practitioners to share their skills, experience, and expertise in a 2-day symposium held at the University of Nevada, Reno. Students will gain insight into the complexity of healthcare professions, including interprofessional education, cultural awareness, ethics, and patient-provider interactions. Topic sessions are held on the hour, every hour. Moreover, a keynote and networking dinner will be held the evening of April 7th for students and professionals to collaborate and collectively better prepare the healthcare workforce of Northern Nevada.

Friday, April 7th

1-1:50 PM

  • Loan Repayment Panel
    WICHE Program; National Health Service Corps, Division of Public & Behavioral Health; NV Primary Care Office
  • Eating Disorders and Recovery
    Kat Geiger, Clinical Director, Center of Hope

2-2:50 PM

  • What is Clinical Psychology? Degrees and Achievements
    Tony Papa, PhD, UNR Clinical Psychology Program
  • Civic Engagement: Opening Doors and Opportunities (GivePulse)
    Amy Koeckes and Chris Partridge, UNR Center for Student Engagement

3-3:50 PM

  • Cardiology, As Practice in Northern Nevada
    David Smith, MD
  • Nevada and the Affordable Care Act
    Heather Korbulic, Nevada Silver State Exchange
  • The Physician Assistant (PA) Education and Profession
    Brian Lauf, MPAS, PA-C, DFAAPA, Founding PA Program Director

4-4:50 PM

  • Careers in Medicine Today: Primary Care
    Marcia Lu, MD, Assistant Professor and Clerkship Director, UNR School of Medicine
  • Careers in Medicine Today: Dermatology
    Frank Stadler, MD, Skin Care and Dermatology Institute
  • Population Health: 360 Degrees of Managing Health
    Chris Needham, Director of Member Health & Wellness, Renown Health

5-7 PM

Catering provided by Paisan’s Old World Deli and High Sierra AHEC

  • Keynote and Networking Dinner: Family Practice in Nevada
    Bonnie Ferrara, MD, UNR Family Medical Center

Saturday, April 8th

9-9:50 AM

Breakfast provided by Rounds Bakery and High Sierra AHEC

  • The New, Connected Healthcare System
    Kirk Gillis, Vice President, Renown Health
  • Telehealth in Nevada
    Chris Marchand, MPH, Project ECHO Program Coordinator

10-10:50 AM

  • Women’s Health & Health Policy
    Daela Gibson, Planned Parenthood
  • Stitch Like a Surgeon: Suturing Workshop
    Medical Education and Outreach Committee, UNR School of Medicine
  • Childhood Obesity Prevention & Treatment in a Community Health Center
    Steven Shane, MD, Pediatrician, Community Health Alliance

11-11:50 AM

  • Pathology: The Black Box of Medicine
    Grant Hayashi, MD, Diagnostic Pathology Medicine Group
  • Medical School Q&A Panel
    Medical Education and Outreach Committee, UNR School of Medicine

12-12:50 PM

Lunch & Learn Sessions ~ Support local food trucks or bring a lunch!

  • Career and Technical Education: College and Career Readiness
    Randi Hunewill, Assistant Director CTE
  • LGBTQ+ Health Spotlight
    Jeromy Manke, PHR, SHRM-CP, Director of Our Center

1-1:50 PM

  • Interprofessional Education: Collaborative Care Panel
    Reema Naik, VOICE Founder
  • Premedical Financial Preparation
    Jodi Shpargel and Leonard Walker UNR School of Medicine
  • Project Prevent 2.0 Workshop Physical Health and Wellness
    Vanessa Morales, High Sierra AHEC Intern

2-2:50 PM

Snacks provided by Great Full Gardens and High Sierra AHEC

  • Careers in Medicine Today: Nursing, the Most Trusted Profession
    Erin VanKirk, RN, Director of Nursing Education, Renown Health
  • Careers in Medicine Today: Anesthesia Hak Sun Bak, MD,
    Northern Nevada Anesthesia Associates

3-3:50 PM

  • Careers in Medicine Today: Anesthesia Hak Sun Bak, MD
    Northern Nevada Anesthesia Associates
  • Project Prevent 2.0 Workshop Physical Health and Wellness
    Vanessa Morales, High Sierra AHEC Intern

4-4:50 PM

  • Work-Life Balance – A Moving Target
    Marc Montella, MD, Reno Radiological Associates
  • Careers in Medicine Today: Emergency Medicine
    Wayne Mackey, Advanced EMT, REMSA


  • University of Nevada, Reno
  • 2nd floor of the William Raggio Building on April 7, and 2nd floor of the Edmund J Cain Hall on April 8.
  • Category
  • Conference
  • Lecture/Seminar
  • Audience
  • Prospective Students
  • Student