A Day in the Life at UNMC

Luckey and Good: My Day with a Primary Care Doc

Earlier this year, U.S.News and World Report ranked UNMC No. 6 in primary care education. In an effort to explain the importance of “primary care” on the health care continuum, we felt it was important to “show” not “tell” what those two words mean. What is life like for a primary care provider? What are the benefits and drawbacks of practicing primary care in a rural area? I set to find out earlier this summer by spending the day shadowing family medicine doctor and UNMC… Continue Reading

Dr. Crouse and the Mustang

When David Crouse, Ph.D., was in his last year of college, in 1965, he took the nest egg he’d been saving and bought a Ford Mustang, brand new. It was perfect, custom ordered. He still remembers it coming off the truck. “It was burgundy, with a black vinyl top,” he said. He clicked a roll of film’s worth of photos of it, as if it was a newborn, and all these years later, he still has the pics. A few years went by, and he… Continue Reading

Acclimating to America: International Student Orientation Fun

He’s from Tokyo. She’s from Indonesia. He will study bio statistics. She will study emergency preparedness. Following graduation, he plans to stay here. She plans to return home. Masayuki Takizawa and Dewi Ningsih are both new students in the College of Public Health. They couldn’t be more different. And yet alike at the same time. They were here on Monday and Tuesday for the International Student Orientation, an inaugural event at UNMC that brings together new students from the countries of China, India, Egypt and… Continue Reading

Dr. Cornish: "Up your nose with a rubber hose"

Little known fact: Back in the '70s, it was Dr. Cornish who first gave Vinnie Barbarino the famous catchphrase "up your nose with a rubber hose."

Kurtis Cornish, Ph.D., sat at the front of a classroom in Wittson Hall wearing the expression of a man who knows what’s coming. Still, he insists it is no big deal to have a nasogastric (NG) tube snaked up his nose, down his throat and into his stomach. That – showing how little a deal it really is – was the whole point of this exercise. “He swallows about 40 NG tubes in three days,” said Patti Carstens, program manager for the Clinical Skills Center… Continue Reading

John's Real Stories of UNMC Security

John Ingraham

John Ingraham has been a UNMC security officer since 1978. Yes, there’s a lot of routine and repetition involved. But he’s also had his life threatened over parking tickets. He’s seen some pretty crazy things. And he’s exercised with Richard Simmons (that guy has crazy energy). He snuck Robert Redford in the back door (OK, the man is handsome; but, come on, he’s not THAT handsome). And he visited sick kids with Mr. T (I pity the fool who doesn’t think Mr. T has a… Continue Reading