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

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

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

A Day in the Life . . . The science of friendship

“Are you my friend?” That’s my son Tom’s pickup line. He uses it most often on the playground when he wants to connect with another kid. Needless to say, most kids think the question — coming in a slightly sing-song tone from a boy they’ve never met before — is a little weird. Most kids think my son is a little weird. My son is at Camp Munroe for the next two weeks. He’s 7, and this will be his first time at the camp… Continue Reading

Tammy and Olivia

Tammy Kielian, Ph.D., turned to the computer in her office and pulled up a picture of a young girl with glasses, with a sunbeam of a smile, the kind that reaches into your chest. It’s pixelized sunshine; a picture of childhood joy. “This is Olivia,” Dr. Kielian said. Dr. Kielian, a professor of pathology and microbiology in the College of Medicine, beamed a little herself. “She’s a pistol,” Dr. Kielian said, then stopped, and looked at the picture again. This is why she works now…. Continue Reading