A Day in the Life at UNMC

A good day to be a quitter

Today is the 37th annual Great American Smokeout – an event organized by the American Cancer Society that encourages smokers to either quit or make a plan to quit today. UNMC and The Nebraska Medical Center tout a smoke free campus, and that’s great. While that status may discourage some smokers from lighting up as often or even spur them to quit, the fact is people still choose to smoke. Smokers often know about the health risks. They know how much it costs. They know… Continue Reading

Photo blog: Cast away

It sounded like fun. UNMC’s Primary Care Progress and Family Medicine Interest Groups presented “Procedure Night: Casting Workshop” for students Oct. 8 in the Sorrell Center’s Clinical Skills laboratory. What does that mean? Students learned to administer casts. They received casts themselves. Then they took a saw, and cut them off. And they had to sit there while a fellow student did the same to them. Nervous? “Only with people watching me,” one said. Important safety tip: “If the fingers turn white,” the instructor said, “stop.”… Continue Reading

What do you want, blood?

Two years ago, Tom O’Connor wrote a Time Out with T.O. column in UNMC Today in which he all but called us a bunch of weenies if we made squeamish excuses about giving blood. (He also used the word “phlebotomists” – what a show off.) To which I say, “Guilty.” Weenie No. 1, right here. It’s not my fault. Things have changed. When I was younger, I used to be kind of a tough guy. (Editor’s note: We really don’t think this is true.) Hey!… Continue Reading