A Day in the Life at UNMC

My bone marrow donation story

Tom Blount, a fourth-year medical student, recently got to meet his bone-marrow donation recipient a year and a half after the donation. Tom is a member of the service learning legacy project Decreasing the Donor Deficit (DDD) at UNMC, which partners with the “Be the Match” National Bone Marrow Donor registry. DDD will have a week-long donor drive on the UNMC campus beginning Feb. 15…. Continue Reading

Stress-free stress relief

By Laura Zima “Are you still watching?” Netflix asked me at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 26. That morning, I had taken my first test this semester, and it was one of those rare afternoons in the life of a medical student where I had nothing to do. Yet when that simple question popped up on my screen, I still felt a sense of guilt…. Continue Reading

From refugee to M.D.: Dr. Nguyen and his family come to America

Dr. Quan Dong Nguyen’s first step toward becoming an American began when his father went in to report to the new communist government and disappeared for the next 42 months. During the early 1970s, despite the Vietnam War, Dr. Nguyen’s family lived a relatively normal life in South Vietnam. But after the fall of Saigon on April 30, 1975, when Dr. Nguyen was 8 years… Continue Reading

Finding Ph.D. possibilities off the academic track

Looking for a job while you have an advanced degree sounds a lot like looking for a job without an advanced degree. “I beat my head against the wall until something gave,” said Austin Jelcick, Ph.D. And, as Dr. Jelcick said, “When you have your Ph.D., there can often be this odd chasm you have to cross,” in that you always seem to be either… Continue Reading