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Washoe County Medical Society

Dr. Bayo Curry-Winchell Named "Extraordinary Neighbor Recipient" of 2020 Reno Public Television Spotlight Award

Dr. Bayo Curry-Winchell, an individual who has made an impact on many throughout her medical journey continues to be recognized for her outstanding contributions to her profession and the community. She is the recipient of  the 2020 Extraordinary Neighbor Spotlight Award presented by Reno Public Television.

She also had been recognized in 2019 as one of the 20 Under 40 recipients and as one of the 2019 Sierra Nevada Top 20 Powerful Women.

She is the Saint Mary's Urgent Care Medical Director and treating physician, as well as the medical director for Washoe County’s Sexual Assault Response Team (SART). She also volunteers as the Washoe County Child Abuse Resource and Education Services Assistant Medical Examiner and as community faculty for the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine providing urgent care preceptorship for medical students and family medicine residents. Dr. Curry-Winchell also serves on the WCMS board and co-chairs the membership/PR committee. For NSMA she co-chairs the long-term and membership planning commission.

Her healthcare journey began as a physician’s assistant. Dr. Curry-Winchell has a master’s in physician assistant studies. She practiced as a physician assistant for three years in occupational, family and urgent care specialties. Her PA position gave her a foundation to practicing medicine.

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2020 Association Health Plans for Washoe County Medical Society

Brought to you by Prominence Health Plan Learn more about how to enroll your practice!

Washoe County Medical Society members with 2 (unrelated) to 50 full-time employees can now offer insurance coverage for their employees and their families with a high-quality, affordable Association Health Plan medical plan from Prominence.

Not an Association member? Click Here to Enroll.

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COVID-19 Disparities and Northern Nevada’s Response

Diversity Health Series

Thomas L. Schwenk M.D., UNR Med;
Bayo Curry-Winchell, M.D., Saint Mary’s Medical Group;
Oscar Delgado, MSW, MUP, Community Health Alliance
Nicole Jacobs, Ph.D., UNR Med;
Julie Lucero, Ph.D., MPH, UNR;
Darryll Patterson, M.D., UNR Med;
Janet Serial, BSW and Health Chair, Reno-Sparks NAACP

This panel will share data on current coronavirus disparities in Northern Nevada, explore how systemic racism and social determinants of health have created and amplified these disparities, and discuss how the health care community in Northern Nevada is responding to the disparities in the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Nevada POLST Program

Our webinars will get you up to speed and clarify the important points of the Nevada POLST Program.

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What is POLST?

The Provider Order for Life-Sustaining Treatment (POLST) requires a conversation between a patient and their medical provider to determine what level of medical treatment, based on the patient’s values, goals, and medical issues, the patient wants towards the end of life. This information is then used to complete the POLST form, which is both an actionable medical order and legal document to be honored in all settings.
Nevada POLST has been adopted in most all healthcare facilities throughout Nevada.

Who Should Complete a POLST

POLST is intended for those near the end of a life-limiting illness or the very frail elderly. If a patient is unable to express their wishes themselves, they may have a representative or surrogate complete a POLST for them.
A POLST does not replace an Advance Directive, it supplements and enforces it.

The Form

Go through the Nevada POLST form section by section, learning how to present the choices and assure a valid completion

Legal Aspects

The Nevada POLST is both a legal document and a medical order. Be sure you understand what is expected.


The POLST program has been in use since 1994. Find out when Nevada got involved.

Getting Back to Wellness is Essential

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Jay K. Morgan WCMS PresidentEditor’s Note: Watch this opinion piece in Sunday’s Reno Gazette-Journal.

Fear has been driving many decisions by our patients about obtaining or not obtaining medical care. Today, we have established precautionary tools and processes in place to help our patients remain safe during appointments.

We are encouraging our families, friends and neighbors to get back to wellness. Our PSA, “Let’s Get Back to Wellness,” aims to assure our community that it is safe to resume your routine medical care. Don’t suffer through painful conditions, neglect blood pressure checks, cholesterol tests, immunizations, or any routine medical care that keeps you pain free and healthy.

As COVID-19 continues, we realize that there is an additional health concern that is separate from but related to the novel coronavirus. We have learned that many individuals are afraid to schedule a doctor’s appointment or go to the emergency department because they fear contracting the coronavirus. It was an eye-opener for me when an emergency room colleague recently asked, “Why is no one having a stroke?” He wasn’t wishing for a medical calamity, but he wasn’t seeing the normal rate of patients presenting with stroke symptoms.

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Let's Get Back to Wellness

Sierra Neurosurgery Group and the Washoe County Medical Society partnered to create a public service announcement (PSA) encouraging individuals to take care of their routine health issues.



Stop Coronavirus

A letter from Pamela E. Netuschil, M.D. to the Washoe County Medical Society.

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Group Health Insurance is Back at WCMS!

If you are in a group with 2-50 full-time employees, your clinic is eligible for an association health plan when all the physicians in your group are members of WCMS. To join individually, go here. If you wish a group invoice, contact Wendy Hernandez, or 775-825-0278, who will help you enroll and process multiple membership applications.

Washoe County Medical Society (WCMS) members now have access to health insurance benefits through Prominence Health Plan that includes several different medical plan options offered with a composite rating structure. Open enrollment begins June 1 with benefits effective July 1 and Aug. 1. New members to WCMS may enroll their groups as soon as their membership applications are approved and payment is received.

Programs available will include Go365, a wellness program that encourages a healthy lifestyle, as well as the Teladoc Program, 24/7 member care via telephone or video from physicians and behavior health specialists. Additionally, dental care, vision plans, and life insurance will be available through Kansas City Life.

For more information about association plans, please contact your local insurance broker or reach out directly to Prominence Health Plan, send your quotes to: or reach out the Prominence account manager at






Changing the Practice of Medicine

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Jay K. Morgan WCMS PresidentCOVID19 has changed the way we practice medicine. We face the dual challenges of embracing procedures that provide optimum protection against the spread of the disease while also reassuring our patients and their families that with the proper precautions, there is no immediate cause for alarm or panic.

This is a tough situation since the protective measures appear to be dramatic causing greater concern by the very appearance of parking lot screenings, restricting visitors at our medical centers and clinics, masks and segregated waiting rooms to isolate those suspected of being affected by the virus.

Many of our family members and friends either will be working from home or temporarily laid off. Non-essential businesses are closed. Parents are helping their children adapt to online learning. Key events statewide have been canceled, including Match Day, at the medical schools. While we help our patients cope, we also need to help our families and friends manage with a minimum of stress. Being kind and patient has never been more important.

Our staff began working remotely March 18 for the next 30 days but remain accessible to you through emails and the office phone—825-0278. Mary Ann tells me you are welcome to reach her by cell: 952-292-8130. Our meetings have gone virtual. The business of WCMS continues, just not quite “business as usual.”

Daily, WCMS and NSMA are evaluating the new information being issued by the Washoe County Health District, the CDC, AMA and other expert health sources. Members of WCMS’ Allied Public Health Commission and NSMA’s Public Health Commission are working closely with the health district to interpret recommendations from all the COVID-19 sources to help our members make informed decisions about how they manage patients at their facilities. The information is being shared through emails and posted to the NSMA Coronavirus Resource Center. (
One of the leaders in this effort is Kevin Murphy, MD, an infectious disease specialist with Saint Mary’s Regional Medical Center, and chair of our Allied Public Health Commission. Dr. Murphy is continually monitoring and synthesizing the vast amount of data coming from multiple resources. His regular updates provide us with guidelines for managing patients and protecting staffs. His updates and recommendations are being distributed frequently with other critical information. They also can be found at

With the situation changing daily, we are committed to ongoing assessment of the data available and providing prompt access to updated recommendations and support resources. We are striving to be a highly reliable clearinghouse of the current information that will guide your practice procedures until the virus had ceased to be community health concern.

One Student’s Journey

Navigating Medical School in Uncertain Times


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By the time this article is published there will have been many updates and changes to the circumstances surrounding COVID-19 and the medical school experience, but today I’ll offer you a perspective from a moment in time as a 3rd year medical student navigating the spread of the novel coronavirus.

By mid-March all inpatient rotations were canceled for medical students. All clinical rotations for 3rd and 4th year students--inpatient and outpatient---were canceled until at least March 31 in a nationwide decision by the AAMC and LCME.

The impacts of the spread of this virus on medical education began slowly percolating. I remember first learning about the virus during my inpatient pediatric rotation when it was primarily in China. The floor was full of RSV patients and the whole team would put on their masks, gowns, and gloves and speak to the patients as we rounded. My colleagues on that same rotation now more than a month later have a very different experience. Medical students are barred from seeing patients on droplet precautions in order to preserve the hospital’s supply of PPE.

Hospitals in the region have completely restricted student access. And a source of anxiety for myself and my classmates is if we will be able to complete our clinical rotations and maintain our current timeline for graduation. At the same time that we are applying to 4th year away rotations in our desired specialties, we are getting notified of away rotation cancellations across the country.

There are different impacts felt at every level of medical school.

Our MS1s are trying to complete their anatomy requirements in an online capacity as UNR has made the decision all classes--graduate and undergraduate--will be online for the foreseeable future.

Our MS2s are in their dedicated study period, which is traditionally completed off campus, but they too are impacted as they wonder if the testing sites will be postponing Step 1 exams as they have Step 2 CS exams.

Our MS4s completed their rotations and interviews before travel restrictions and rotation cancellations began, but the culmination of medical school will look very different for their class than those who came before them. There wasn’t the traditional match day celebration. Many students feel uncertain of whether they will have a graduation ceremony.

Medical students have a unique position in this pandemic. While we want to be a resource in a potentially overwhelmed healthcare system and learn for future pandemics when we will be providers, we also recognize that we could become a burden to the system.

Students and providers alike--thank you to all those working to care for our community during this uncertain time.
By Monday night all inpatient rotations were canceled for medical students. By Tuesday all clinical rotations for 3rd and 4th year students--inpatient and outpatient---were canceled until at least March 31st in a nationwide decision by the AAMC and LCME.