EMET Highlight: Underserved Health Care

Enhanced Medical Education Tracks are in-depth areas of study developed to enhance the required medical school curriculum.  The tracks are challenging and address specific topics in more detail than what is provided during the required curriculum.

The Underserved Health Care track aims to enhance students’ competency in providing healthcare to underserved populations.  Students in this track will acquire the skills and knowledge to effectively provide health care to this population by exploring their personal attitudes and motivation for caring for the underserved, utilizing community resources to provide comprehensive care, addressing challenges specific to this population, and by developing the competencies to become an effective social and political advocate for their special needs.

Students participating in this track will attend monthly seminars and attend learning and serving activities such as: caring for patients in homeless clinics and shelters, participating in primary care block experiences in underserved sites, and engaging in international elective experiences.

Lastly, students participating in this track will complete “The Underserved Project.”  It includes a literature review on a topic, assessment of current needs, implementation of an intervention, and an evaluation of the success of the intervention.

For more information contact the Track Directors, Jim

Medder, MD, MPH, or Ruth Margalit, MD, or visit:



Recruiting PBL Facilitators

Problem-Based Learning Facilitators works with a group of ten to twelve M1 or M2 students to discuss a case and develop a Differential Diagnosis hypothesis.  Information about each case is presented in stages, and the group works together to understand the basic science principles involved.

It is preferable that PBL Facilitators commit to an entire case, but the ESO also has an ongoing need for substitutes to fill in should a regular facilitator become ill or otherwise be unable to attend his or her session.  If you are interested in participating as a PBL Facilitator, please contact Kathryn Dybdall at kdybdall@unmc.edu or 559-8093.

PBL facilitation is recognized as teaching effort.

Recruiting ICE Facilitators

Integrated Clinical Experience (ICE) Facilitators work with the same group of medical students for the first two years of medical school.  They also serve as academic advisers for the students during this time.

Small groups consist of two facilitators and meet with nine to ten students throughout the year. Facilitators are not expected to be content experts but are provided a guide to follow and training during a noon meeting prior to each small group session.  Learning in the small group differs from lecture, requiring the students to work together, communicate with others, and try out new ideas and skills.

Small groups are a place for the students to learn interviewing skills, express their ideas in a safe environment, and provide encouragement and feedback for their fellow group members.  Often they are joined by standardized patients with increasingly challenging scripts.   Occasionally guests from the community join the groups.

M1 ICE Small Groups:
M1 small groups meet on Tuesdays from 2:00 to 3:50 p.m. throughout the semester.  M1 groups include areas such as:

  • Interview skills
  • Mood disorders
  • The physician-patient relationship
  • Human development and behavior in illness
  • The family system in health and illness
  • Human sexuality and sexual history taking

M2 ICE Small Groups:
M2 small groups meet on Mondays from 2:00 – 3:50 p.m. throughout the semester.  M2 groups include areas such as:

  • Patient education/behavior change
  • Geriatrics and end of life decisions
  • Difficult patient situations
  • Addiction medicine
  • Income and health
  • Working with interpreters

Physical Diagnosis Small Groups:

There are eleven Physical Diagnosis small group sessions over the course of the entire year.  M2 small groups meet on Wednesday afternoons for 1.5 hours.  This time is somewhat flexible within the physician and students’ schedules.  The sessions are:

  • Patient presentation/medical record
  • Introduction to H&P
  • Complete H&P
  • Respiratory
  • Cardiology
  • Ears, Nose, Throat
  • Neurology
  • Musculoskeletal
  • Geriatrics
  • Genitourinary
  • Gastroenterology

If you are interested in working as an ICE Facilitator please contact Ron Bechdolt, ICE  Coordinator, at rbechdolt@unmc.edu or 559-8689.

ICE facilitation is recognized as teaching effort.