A Day in the Life at UNMC

The beginning

The practice ice rink looks like the graduation area. There are rows of chairs for the graduates. There is a podium. There are even seats on one side, though not nearly enough to seat all the friends and family who are expected. Still, the room looks official enough that one graduate, gown draped over her arm and a cap in one hand, asks “Is this where the ceremony is?” It’s not. UNMC’s official commencement ceremony was held May 10 at the Ralston Arena, on the main… Continue Reading

Surgical Boot Camp at UNMC

(To the tune of Piano Man) It’s 9 o’clock on a Friday morn. The regular crew shuffles in. They’ve all matched into residencies, but just before they begin: Chickew…record scratch: BOOT CAMP. A three and a half-week, elective course for M4s to hone their surgical skills just before graduation. Did I mention it was optional? And that all 20 UNMC students who matched into surgical specialties opted to do it? They could be sleeping in, going out, traveling abroad, goofing off, wandering around, but they’re… Continue Reading

The scientist and his chicken soup

Oh. So that’s what we’ve come to talk to him about. Chicken soup. Dr. Rennard exhaled, and leaned back in his chair so his voice would carry into the open office door across the hall: “How do I feel about the chicken soup story, Lillian?” After a knowing laugh, the answer: “It’s just been unbelievable,” Lillian said. Dr. Rennard is Stephen Rennard, M.D., Larson Professor of pulmonary and critical care medicine at UNMC. Lillian is Lillian Richards, office associate I, internal medicine pulmonary, charged with… Continue Reading