By John Schleicher
UNMC was a leader in using technology to carry out distance education and telemedicine. An early form of teleconferencing was used to present educational conferences to a number of participating locations across Nebraska as well as in other states. This innovation was first proposed in 1955 by Dr. Cecil Wittson (at that time head of the former Nebraska Psychiatric Institute), and developed through the cooperation of the Bell Telephone Company. The system was used weekly to share the lectures of the institute’s many nationally known visitors with other mental hospitals in four states.
The first two-way closed circuit television system in the U.S. was conceived by Dr. Wittson and developed and tested through grant support secured in 1963. This television system made possible face-to-face communication between the Nebraska Psychiatric Institute located on the medical campus in Omaha and the Norfolk State Mental Hospital 112 miles away. Dr. Wittson’s close associate in these telemedicine innovations was Reba Benschoter, Ph.D. (shown). Wittson was chair of Psychiatry (1952-1964), COM Dean (1964-1968), and the first Chancellor of UNMC (1968-1972). Dr. Benschoter was later head of the Biomedical Communications Department and from 1985-1995 she was associate dean of the School of Allied Health Professions.
By Dawn Wilson
If you’re looking for a private place to study, look no further than the 16 rooms in the McGoogan Library of Medicine. Located on the 7th floor, all of the rooms have good lighting, a table and chairs, white boards, and electrical outlets.
Here’s a few things to keep in mind when using the study rooms:
- Rooms check out for 4 hours at a time with 2 renewals.
- You must have your UNMC ID card to check out and to renew your rooms.
- If you don’t renew or return your key on time, overdue fines accrue at a rate of $1/hour.
- Wi-Fi is available in all of the rooms (and so the internet ports are no longer connected).
- Every room is a different temperature.
- The rooms are different sizes, to accommodate anywhere between one person and six people in a study group.
- The rooms are not soundproof, so although closing the door cuts down on noise, please be considerate when studying in groups.
- Markers, erasers, and white boards are available in every room–and some of the rooms have boards that take up two walls for extra notation space!
- Most of the rooms contain portraits of alumni or photographs donated by alumni.
- The doors lock automatically, so make sure you take your key with you!
Many students have memorized their favorite rooms and ask for them by number. If you don’t have a favorite room, check out the map below and this chart of room details.
The McGoogan Docs Order Articles system will be unavailable for a portion of the weekend due to a scheduled system upgrade. Starting Friday, January 2 at 11 p.m. and ending Saturday, January 3 at 2 p.m., orders for articles and books cannot be made. Additionally, PDFs will not be able to be retrieved from your personal account.
The library had previously been able to offer First Consult through two platforms. Now with the original platform discontinuing, First Consult will now only be available via Clinical Key. Please note that the Clinical Key version of First Consult does not include the original differential diagnosis tool. As an alternative, try the DDx tool in AccessMedicine under the Quick Reference tab.
The First Consult app will still be available and accessible via a free Clinical Key personal account.