Emergency Medicine

UNMC to Vietnam – 2015

Bright and early on a Friday last month, Dr. Zeger, our clinical director, Dr. Habrat, a PGY-2 in the program (and future chief), Thanh Nguyen, an APRN in our department, Kathy Morris, a rural ED APRN and educator and I boarded a flight leaving Omaha. Four planes, 3 countries, an unplanned overnight stay in Tokyo and a long bus ride later (travel doesn’t always go as planned… but we got there) we arrived on Sunday evening at our final destination: Thai Binh, Vietnam.  (Dr. Habrat… Continue Reading

Plans for the future – Critical Care Fellowship

As my 3rd year draws to a close one of the more frequent questions I get asked is “So, what are your plans for next year?” For both reasons known and unknown I have decided to forego making any money and spend 2 more years of fellowship training in Critical Care Anesthesia. Inevitably the following question is “why?” and as it turns out, the answers to that question are a bit nebulous. I have always been drawn to the critical care side of medicine and… Continue Reading

Bedside Ultrasound in the Emergency Department

We have a very organized ultrasound curriculum at UNMC. During our first year orientation month, we have two days of ultrasound lectures and a hands-on experience with standardized patients organized by our ultrasound director, Dr. Zeger. It is a very low stress environment and a fun experience. Additionally, we have one month during intern year that is dedicated for just learning and applying ultrasound techniques on real patients in the department. We work a few shifts with Dr. Zeger who guides us through the scanning process…. Continue Reading