A Day in the Life at UNMC

Answered prayers

By Lisa Spellman My nephew has a new kidney! Jeffery Spellman, the young man I told you about earlier this year, has a beautiful new, fully functioning kidney as of June 2. We are grateful and indebted to the incredible generosity of an unknown donor and their family and will always be praying for them. They will never know the magnitude of this gift. But we do. I do. And so do total strangers to whom I have spontaneously blurted out the good news. “My… Continue Reading

Another unusual patient at UNMC

UNMC is not just an academic health science center. It strives to be a vital resource to all Nebraskans. So it makes perfect sense that the radiation science technology education department in the School of Allied Health Professions recently lent its expertise in order to X-ray … a 19th century masterpiece from the Joslyn Art Museum? The Nebraska State Historical Society’s Gerald Ford Conservation Center and the Joslyn are partnering with UNMC on radiographic imaging to assist with a full technical study, then the conservation… Continue Reading

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