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Thomas L. Schwenk, M.D., has served as the eighth dean of the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine and vice-president of the Division of Health Sciences since July, 2011. He is the first member of the University of Nevada faculty to be a member of the National Academy of Medicine. He served on the Board of Directors of the American Board of Family Medicine from 2000-2005 (Vice-President 2004-2005), and is the Deputy Editor of Journal Watch. Dr. Schwenk is board-certified in family medicine and sports medicine, and his career has focused on mental health issues in primary care. Mostly recently his research and writing have turned to the issue of depression in medical students, residents and practicing physicians.
Dr. Renee Kinman is a pediatric endocrinologist, an Associate Clinical Professor at UCSF-Fresno, and an Associate Program Director for the UCSF-Fresno Pediatric Residency Program. Actively involved in medical education and curricular development, she enjoys working with medical students, residents and faculty, and is the recipient of multiple teaching awards. She completed the Teaching Scholars Program at UCSF, and is a member of both the UCSF Academy of Medical Educators and the UCSF Faculty Development Working Group, all of which are dedicated to improving medical education. She is active out in the community, is passionate about advocacy and education, and is the recipient of several grants to improve resident and medical student education in community pediatrics and advocacy by partnering with the local public school system and local universities. Board-certified in pediatrics, internal medicine, and pediatric endocrinology, she also has a PhD in physiology and biophysics in the area of insulin transport, and has completed her masters degree in Education in the area of Curricular Design and Instruction. She is and is currently serving as a fellow in the a Champion Provider Fellowship Program, launched by the California Department of Public Health & the University of California, San Francisco in 2014 to empower, train, and support healthcare providers to use their expertise and respected voices to improve the health of communities through local policy, systems and environmental changes. She also teaches figure skating in the local Skating School as part of her physician wellness.
Leigh Jennings, MD is an early career psychiatrist, writer, and advocate for physician wellness. Her first-authored essays on medical student and resident burnout, written while a trainee, have been published in journals such as Academic Medicine. Dr. Jennings began promoting wellness as a medical student and as a resident physician piloted a wellness intervention for resident interns. Dr. Jennings completed her residency in adult psychiatry at Saint Louis University School of Medicine, where she served as Associate Chief Resident of Scholarly Activity. She received her undergraduate degree in biochemistry at Rice University. Dr. Jennings currently works on the front lines of psychiatry as an employed hospitalist for a large healthcare system in San Antonio, Texas. She is a contributing author to a forthcoming textbook, Clinical Psychopharmacology for Neurologists, and she writes a blog at PsychCongress.com.