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… 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: 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

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… 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