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: Chicken…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… 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 theProgram 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… 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… Continue Reading

There IS such a thing as a free lunch


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… Continue Reading