A Day in the Life at UNMC

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

Show Me That Smile

  The following is the second in a series of guest posts by UNMC third-year medical student Eric Nagengast, who is taking a year off from med school to  serve with the Program in Global Surgery and Social Change (PGSSC) at Harvard Medical School. I have no need for an alarm clock in Guwahati.  Like the roosters on the farms of Nebraska, the crows here alert everyone to the first sign of daylight around 4:45 a.m. At 5 a.m. the drivers begin bleating their horns… Continue Reading

Taking a Year (of a Lifetime) Off

The following is a guest post by UNMC third-year medical student Eric Nagengast. For the past eight months, one of the hardest questions for me to answer has been, “Where do you live?” In this time, I’ve spent two months in Rwanda, three months in Boston, one month in India and the rest of the time between Nebraska, Colombia and a few other countries. Since I’m a medical student, people wonder how I’m able to spend so much time away from school. I’m able to travel… Continue Reading

There IS such a thing as a free lunch

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We’ve all heard the phrase “There’s no such thing as a free lunch.” At UNMC, though, that’s debatable. There’s always something going on over the lunch hour, and most of the time, it’s free. Sometimes lunch is even included, SO THERE, whoever came up with the above phrase. Recently, I was able to attend not one, not two, but THREE lunch sessions in the same week in which I learned something I could take back to my desk. And I could have attended two more… Continue Reading

How the PR department “pulled one over” on Tom O’Connor

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UNMC’s Tom O’Connor and his wife, Karen I found out a month ago that Tom O’Connor, senior associate director in public relations here at UNMC, was chosen to receive the “Special Achievement in Public Relations” award at the PRSA Nebraska gala on Dec. 4 But there was one caveat. Organizers wanted it to be a surprise. Our department had to keep it a secret from Tom (gasp!). Keeping a secret from Tom is like playing Santa. You have to work behind the scenes and be… Continue Reading