Training We Support
From K-12 Up, Education for All
Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health hosts a robust education program that starts at the elementary school level with field trips to the center’s Frank Gehry-designed campus (“It’s such a cool building!”) and outreach to K-12 classrooms. At the college level, students with interests in medicine, neuroscience, bioengineering and related fields participate in more intensive summer internships that include shadowing healthcare professionals, attending case presentations and lectures and discuss scientific articles on neurodegenerative diseases.
From 2010 through 2019, the Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health cast a wide net, delivering more than 68,000 hours of education to Las Vegas students.
Mentoring the Next Generation
The center has taken a leading role in providing graduate medical education (GME) in Las Vegas for medical residents who, having completed four years of medical school, are training in their chosen specialties. Neurology residents from Valley Hospital and the University of Las Vegas School of Medicine’s family practice and internal medicine residents train here.
In 2012, the Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health was accredited by the United Council of Neurological Subspecialties (UCNS) for its fellowship
in behavioral neurology. Aaron Ritter, MD, started in 2014 as the first fellow; in 2016, upon completion of his training, he joined the center as a staff neuropsychiatrist. Physical therapists and nurse practitioners who have trained here have also joined our center or other neurological practices throughout the country.
The stimulating training environment benefits patients and staff. Trainees’ developing interest in their field of study leads to frequent exchanges with all staff, thus encouraging teamwork and innovative approaches. Patient access improves because trainees supplement the staff, allowing more patients to be seen.
Keeping Practitioners Up to Date
Our growing Continuing Medical Education (CME) program keeps healthcare practitioners abreast of developments in brain research. The rapid progress and complexity of neurological discoveries are continually advancing clinical standards for screening, diagnosis, and management. The explosive growth in research data about brain disorders challenges busy practitioners, who often lack the time or the expertise to evaluate and incorporate new standards. These trends create demand for medical education led by experts who compile and critically appraise new evidence and then interpret its application to clinical practice.
From 2010 through 2017, the Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health met this demand, hosting nine CME conferences with more than 2,000 physicians and other medical providers attending live and an additional 5,000 views online.
Investing in the Future
Training future medical providers is costly and time-consuming, yet instruction is available free of charge to qualified learners, thanks to philanthropy. The NV Energy Foundation, a model of magnanimous community support, stepped forward in 2015 with a five-year grant that funds the NV Energy Chair for Brain Health Education (currently held by Dylan Wint, MD, a dually trained neurologist, and psychiatrist). NV Energy’s generous gift is funding education programming at all levels, including a collaboration with the University of Nevada Las Vegas School of Medicine, where neuroscience is one of five areas of emphasis. The support of additional donors has also been critical to starting and maintaining education programming.