A Day in the Life at UNMC

When in a strange land, laugh

Comedian Yakov Smirnoff rose to stardom by summing up the incredulous, wide-eyed experience of being an immigrant in America with the catchphrase, “What a country!” Likewise, many of UNMC’s international students can weather culture shock the way successful fishes out of water always have — with a sense of humor. Raheleh Miralami, a UNMC graduate studies student from Iran, has been through it. She’s been in this country for a couple of years now, so she’s a veteran. But she wishes someone might have given… 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