Welcome Jill Jensen to the PA faculty

Jill Jensen

Jill Jensen

Jill Jensen, MPAS, PA-C, just joined our physician assistant faculty. She’s a 2004 graduate of the UNMC PA program. Here’s a little more about Jill in her own words:

“Since graduation I have worked in Atlantic, IA at a rural health clinic doing Primary Care and Emergency Medicine, for nearly six years.  I then moved to Grinnell, IA, where I worked in Occupational Medicine, Employee Health, and Wound Care. I am excited to be back at the UNMC PA program helping to educate future PAs!

I am originally from central Iowa (a Cyclone fan!), and I now reside in Neola, IA just outside of Omaha/Council Bluffs. I really enjoy outdoor activities such as running, biking, fishing and boating. I also love spending time with my husband and two kids.”

A gutsy move to admit her Cyclone affiliation here in Big Red country, eh?! :) Welcome, Jill!

Stephanie Lough joins the SAHP as clinical education coordinator in MRI and CT

Stephanie LoughAs of May 1, 2014, Stephanie Lough, BS, R.T.(R)(MR), assumed the position of Clinical Education Coordinator in the Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) program and the CT Practicum of the School of Allied Health Professions.  Stephanie received her Bachelor degree in Radiation Science Technology from UNMC.  She is a licensed medical radiographer and holds American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) certifications in both Radiography and Magnetic Resonance Imaging.

Stephanie has been employed as an MRI technologist at the Nebraska Medical Center since 2007, and during the past year she served as an Adjunct Instructor for the SAHP MRI program. She’ll retain some clinical responsibilities as part of her new role.

A little known fact: Stephanie is responsible for Elephanto! She brought him to a “white elephant” party a few years back, when she was a radiography student, and I, Fran, ended up with him. He became a sort of mascot for a while when I started this blog Thanks for the inspiration, Stephanie, and welcome aboard! :)


Physical Therapy Education hosts visiting faculty from China

Regina Hu

Jia (Regina) Hu

Jia (Regina) Hu likes to swim and play badminton. She is also very passionate about her role as chief of research and education at Shanghai Sunshine Rehabilitation Center, Yang Zhi Affiliated Rehabilitation Hospital of Tongji University, China.

Regina has been our guest for the past three weeks as part of our partnership with Tongji University. In order to start a baccalaureate program in physical therapy there, Regina will collaborate with Tongji to develop clinical experiences for their students. This visit, her first time to the US, exposed her to aspects of curriculum development here and how we integrate clinical education into academic coursework.

“I’m so impressed with the education system here,” Regina said. “The patient-centered concept demonstrates how you value professionalism, teamwork, the psycho-social aspects of care, and communication with the patient.”

Her biggest surprise was the US healthcare and insurance system. Although China has a national policy to improve care and rehabilitation, it’s still in the beginning phases. They are trying to develop the three levels of care – acute care hospital, rehabilitation hospital, and community hospital.

She toured several rehabilitation centers in town. Of particular note to Regina were our elder care facilities, for which she felt quite envious.

“Hillcrest was very impressive,” she said. “In China, we have nursing homes, but the patients don’t have exercise facilities and social interaction like they do here. You have a great model for the future of care in China. Not just the equipment and buildings, but more importantly the staff is so committed.”

Of our PT faculty, Regina said, “It’s clear that they take the relationship with Tongji very seriously. Their passion and responsibility to educate was evident by their willingness to share information and curricula as they helped me revise my syllabus. They are all mission-oriented and truly devote themselves to their students and profession.”

In regard to our expansion to Kearney, Regina was excited about the active learning vs lecture model of education. She looks forward to taking these ideas back to China.

Her final reflections about the visit to UNMC were about the artwork around campus. “I love how you combine science and art!” she said. “You are enriched by education.” She pointed out a piece hanging just inside the PT suite – a photograph of many hands with the caption, “Reaching through Teaching,” which she thought embodied our mission.

Regina also remarked on a large painting in the Sorrell building of a doctor and patient, in front of which she had taken a selfie. I offered to go one better and give her some good souvenir photos, so I grabbed my camera and we embarked on a final tour of artwork and interesting places around campus. (See slideshow below.)

Regina will be working on her PhD at Tongji as she is developing the PT program. Hope she can make time for a swim and a set of badminton!

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