I’ve had a few requests for the slideshow I made for the SAHP holiday party, so here you go. These are photos I’d taken of our faculty and staff throughout 2013 at various events. If you’re in the school, you’re bound to be in there. The music isn’t included, as I used a playlist I made on Spotify, but you could always look me up Spotify (Fran Higgins) and listen to the HolidayParty playlist while you watch. Enjoy!
Our director of Finance and Administration, Pat O’Neil, graduated from UNO on December 21, 2014 with her master’s degree in public administration. She took advantage of the tuition remission program offered by UNMC.
“The three-and-half years it took flew by,” Pat said, ”and the best part was interacting with my amazingly diverse classmates.”
Congratulations on your achievement, Pat!
Pictured with family: Troy Snow, Cody O’Neil, Kevin O’Neil, Pat O’Neil, Kelly O’Neil and Nikki Chappleau
We welcome Cody Sasek, MPAS, PA-C, to the physician assistant program faculty as assistant professor. Cody is a graduate of the University of Nebraska Medical Center Physician Assistant Program. Since graduation, he has practiced orthopedics and sports medicine in private practice in Kansas City. His background also includes certification as an athletic trainer. While in Kansas City, his practice was responsible for the medical care for the Kansas City Chiefs football team.
Cody is a native Nebraskan and is excited about his return to the Cornhusker State. Outside of the profession, he is an avid sports fan and also regularly competes in triathlons and road races, including the Ironman triathlon distance.
Mr. Sasek joins the PA Program to support the increasing responsibilities associated with the program’s growing enrollment, teaching in the areas of his medical expertise and clinical inquiry.
Nicole Smith, MT(ASCP), received her Bachelor of Science in Clinical Laboratory Science and Minor in Anthropology from the University of North Dakota in 2002. She has worked at The Nebraska Medical Center in Hematology and Chemistry (Core Lab) since May of 2002.
“I am very excited about my new role as clinical coordinator for Chemistry, Urinalysis, and Phlebotomy,” she said, “and working with students and UNMC staff. I am married to my wonderful husband, Jerry, and together we have two girls, Isabella, who’s four, and Emily, nine months.”
The use of virtual microscopy (VM) in clinical cytology has been limited due to the inability to focus through three dimensional (3D) cell clusters with a single focal plane (2D images). Limited information exists regarding the optimal scanning parameters for 3D scanning. The purpose of their study was to determine the optimal number of the focal plane levels and the optimal scanning interval to digitize gynecological (GYN) specimens prepared on SurePath™ glass slides while maintaining a manageable file size. Read the full article linked above for their findings.
The PT class of 2016 adopted an Omaha family (5 children and a mother) through the Salvation Army/Star 104.5 Adopt-a-Family radio-thon. They collected money, shopped for presents on the children’s wish lists, and bought them a gift certificate for groceries. They also wrapped and delivered the presents to the family.
Sarah Payich buying the gifts and sporting a UNMC tote bag, too!