This ain't your mama's HBO…

“It follows then as certain as that night succeeds the day, that without a decisive naval
force we can do nothing definitive, and with it, everything honorable and glorious.”

- George Washington


Rumor has it that George Washington said this very phrase to Dr. Cooper the day he joined the navy.  After finishing his service in the Navy as a submarine medical officer, our very own Jeff Cooper, M.D. took with him his training in Hyperbaric Medicine back to the land-locked state of Nebraska.  Why, you say?  Among many other conditions, carbon monoxide poisoning is not a rarity for our state, and is treated very effectively by HBO.

As the only the only hyperbaric oxygen center with critical care capability and 24/7 availability in the entire state, there’s a good chance you’ll be taking a dive with this Navy Officer if your furnace decides to leak a little CO this winter!  Aside from displacing carbon monoxide from your hemoglobin, HBO has many other indications: radiation injury, skin grafts, other wounds, cerebral arterial gas embolism, and gas gangrene.  It is effective in treating many of these conditions by creating greater-than-normal atmospheric pressure increasing O2 concentration in the blood and to the tissues.  Dr. Cooper is the head of our Hyperbaric Medicine Center here at UNMC.  He is involved in multi-center HBO research and developing HBO protocols, while still having time to be one of the residents’ favorite EM Faculty to work with downstairs in our shop.

– Submitted by 2nd year resident, Paul Travis M.D.

The man, the myth, the legend

Check out some of the links below for more information on our own Dr. Cooper and the UNMC Hyperbarics Program:

Senior Perspective: A few random musings for your entertainment

In sitting down to write my first post to our blog, I find it hard to believe that I am already a third year resident.  Everyone tells you that residency goes by quickly and, turns out, it’s true.  Come June, I will be exiting the doors of UNMC on my way out as a new staff physician in Sioux Falls, South Dakota!  But… before that day comes along, I thought I would share a few things for those considering coming here for residency.

Since everyone seems to like top ten lists, let’s start with why Omaha, Nebraska, is a great place to live for 3 years. (or 11 in my case)

  1. People are awesome (even the diehard Husker fans). Saying ‘hello’ to a stranger in the elevator or street is commonplace and not as weird as it seems other places.
  2. More restaurants and golf courses per capita than most places. That is not to say more=better but at least you have options.
  3. Top rated zoo is good fun for all. Friends, family, kids, strangers….take them all to the zoo, it’s a good time.
  4. Seasons. You get them all here. Changing of the leaves during the cool fall. Pure white snow during the winter. Crisp mornings of spring and summer thunderstorms. (Who wants sunny days of 70-80 degree days year round anyway?)
  5. Sports. Next to Indy, one of the true amateur sports capitols of the US. Granted no major professional teams but college and minor league teams aplenty. Personally, I am partial to Creighton Bluejays basketball. Doug McDermott… what a stud!  Crowds of 17,000+ for home games makes for a good ole time. Oh, yeah, there are those Huskers, too. I will admit I’m not fan but I must say, tailgating at Memorial Stadium is something one should definitely do while here. Olympic swim trials are also hosted in Omaha as well.
  6. Music. Tons of concerts roll through the metro area. From Taylor to Miley.  From Justin to Conor Oberst.  Omaha loves a great show.
  7. College World Series. I know I mentioned sports already but this deserves it’s own bullet. Pretty sweet new stadium built just for this event. Even if you don’t have a horse in the race, it is worth checking out. On that note, we have also been host to quite a few early rounds of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament.
  8. Center(ish) of the US. Well… I think some place in Kansas has that honor, but we are close!  I’m pretty sure they bring the president here in times of national disasters, in part, due to our location as well as us having a huge air force base.
  9. Beef. Home of Omaha Steaks. Oddly, never actually had an “Omaha Steak” steak while in Omaha, but I’ve found steaks do taste pretty darn good here. Please refer back to #2.
  10. Warren Buffet lives here. Not that exciting but you can drive by the house of one of the richest men in the country and may even see him around town. He has a huge convention every year for his company and invites all his other rich buddies to hang out (AKA Bill Gates), you may even run into one of them as well.

All in all, this has been a great place to both work and live.  I’ll be sad to be leaving in a few months but Omaha will always have a special place in my heart. (Cue sappy music now)

A few last words about the program here: If you have interviewed here, you know what we’re about:  working hard and having a good time, not necessarily in that order.  We receive excellent training amidst a mix of both newer and experienced staff from all over the country.  Our program director is as dedicated as they come, and our residents, on-par with the best.

Residency is hard– If you are just starting your journey, make sure you find a location where you will be happy both in and outside of work. A place where you have people to help you out. A place that doesn’t make it harder than it needs to be. Maybe you’ll find that that place is here, just as it was for me.

-Heeyoung Wang M.D.


Tis the season indeed.  With a record number of residency candidates applying to our program this year, we’ll be keeping plenty busy interviewing quality applicants from all across the country.  For those of you out there who are still on the fence about whether to check us out, see this testimonial from one Dr John Hanson, current intern out of Indiana, who just so happens to be a superb mustache-grower and short-coat-wearing-football-player-slash- coal-miner-extraordinaire:

“On March 15th of this past year, I found out I would be trained as a Emergency Medicine physician. Not only that, but I was also getting to go to a great program in Omaha, NE. UNMC had been amongst the best interviews I had. The staff was friendly and welcoming during my interview. Also, the night before the interview, I had gone out to dinner with some of the residents. They were engaging, fun, and interested in getting to know me as an applicant. I knew after my short 24 hour trip to Omaha that it would be a great place to train and live. “

Come visit us in Omaha, and hear more stories along the same lines as that of Dr Hanson.  Good luck on the interview trail!