McGoogan News

Thanksgiving holiday closures

For the Thanksgiving holiday, the library will close at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, November 25, and will be closed all day on Thursday, November 26 and Friday, November 27. We will open again on Saturday at 10 a.m., with our usual hours.


From the archives: schools and colleges at UNMC

Pulse SAHP 1972

By John Schleicher

The academic structure of UNMC includes six colleges, which have been established over the last 130 years. Two of these six colleges started out as privately-owned, for-profit institutions; with three others established first as schools before they were elevated in rank to become colleges.

The oldest college is the College of Medicine, which began as the Omaha Medical College in 1881, and affiliated with the University of Nebraska in 1902. The newest college, as of July 2015, is the College of Allied Health Professions, which began as the School of Allied Health Professions in 1972.

In between, four other colleges have been established over the years. The College of Dentistry started in 1899 as the Lincoln Dental College, and became part of the university in 1903. The College of Pharmacy started as a School of Pharmacy in 1908, and was made a college in 1915. It subsequently moved to Omaha in the 1970s when the present College of Pharmacy building was built.

The School of Nursing was started in 1917, when the University Hospital opened, and it was made a college in 1972. The College of Public Health was organized in 2006.

In 1968, when the University of Nebraska administrative structure was reorganized, all health professions programs were placed under the administrative umbrella of the medical center, regardless of their location across the state. Since that time, the campuses (Lincoln, Omaha and the Medical Center—the Kearney campus joined in 1991), were considered semi-autonomous degree granting institutions within the same system, each with their own chancellor, and a university system president located in Lincoln.

The archives has various resources available if you are interested in finding out more about the history of any of UNMC’s colleges. To visit the UNMC archives, contact the Special Collections Department at 402-559-7094 to schedule an appointment or inquire at the AskUs desk on the 6th floor of the library.

Resource spotlight: SciFinder

By Alison Bobal

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From the archives: Omaha Medical Society

By John Schleicher

The Omaha Medical Society was founded in 1866 by early physicians who wanted self-regulation of doctors in the frontier community. One of the first concerns of the new group was regulating who was considered a qualified physician, to keep out the “quacks” who claimed to be doctors but had very little if any formal training. State licensing of physicians did not start until the 1890s.  Omaha Med Soc Members 1869

As early as 1871, the group passed a fee bill, which noted: “Whereas, the Omaha Medical Society feeling the importance of a perfect uniformity in the prices for professional services, in order to avoid litigation and other difficulties, deem it important and proper that there should be a mutual understanding upon the subject. Therefore, we, the members of said society do solemnly agree that we will hereafter be governed by the following bill of charges for professional services, as far as it is practicable.”

Individual fees are listed for any number of medical conditions, various surgeries, etc. The initial fees on the list include: office prescription and advice (ordinary), $1-$3; ordinary visit within the city limits (house call), $3; and visit to the country (per mile, additional), $1.

The conclusion of the fee bill also discusses the “black list”—not for “quack” physicians, but for patients who do not pay their bills: “Whereas, many persons are in the habit of employing a physician until he presents his bill for payment, then discharging him, and calling another; thus going the rounds of the profession, without ever paying or making an effort to pay their bills; therefore, resolved, that we, the members of this society, adopt a Black List, wherein the name, number and street of every such person shall be kept, the preliminaries of which shall be hereafter regulated, and that we decline to render service, until they pay their previous attending physician or physicians.”

By the start of the 20th century, with a growing population and city which was spreading out in geographical area, the organization changed its name to the Omaha-Douglas County Medical Society in 1903. With more suburban communities, especially in Sarpy County, the group changed their name in 1976 to the Greater Omaha Medical Society. Finally, in 1979, the organization became known as the Metro Omaha Medical Society, or MOMS.

Library hours and access change November 2

McGoogan Library of Medicine has changed public access hours for library users effective November 2, 2015. Extended hours are available, via ID badge access, to UNMC and Nebraska Medicine employees and students. Other NU students and employees may request an affiliate badge at the library’s AskUs Desk for access to the library during the library’s extended hours.

Members of the public have access to public workstations for health-related searching. A photo ID and sign-in at the AskUs Desk is required.

The AskUs Desk staff may be reached at 402-559-6221 or for questions or affiliate access requests.

McGoogan Library Hours of Operation effective November 2, 2015:

7:30 am – 5 pm Monday – Friday:

  • Accessible to the public

5 pm – 12 am Monday – Thursday; 5 pm – 9 pm Friday; 10 am – 6 pm Saturday; 1 pm – 10 pm Sunday:

  • UNMC employees and students (UNMC ID required)
  • UNMC affiliates (UNMC affiliate ID required)
  • Nebraska Medicine employees (Nebraska Medicine ID required)
  • Other NU employees and students (UNMC affiliate ID required)
  • Clarkson Colleges students (UNMC affiliate ID required)

Hours may vary during holidays.