A Day in the Life at UNMC

The scientist and his chicken soup

Oh. So that’s what we’ve come to talk to him about. Chicken soup. Dr. Rennard exhaled, and leaned back in his chair so his voice would carry into the open office door across the hall: “How do I feel about the chicken soup story, Lillian?” After a knowing laugh, the answer: “It’s just been unbelievable,” Lillian said. Dr. Rennard is Stephen Rennard, M.D., Larson Professor of pulmonary and critical care medicine at UNMC. Lillian is Lillian Richards, office associate I, internal medicine pulmonary, charged with… Continue Reading

Show Me That Smile

  The following is the second in a series of guest posts by UNMC third-year medical student Eric Nagengast, who is taking a year off from med school to  serve with the Program in Global Surgery and Social Change (PGSSC) at Harvard Medical School. I have no need for an alarm clock in Guwahati.  Like the roosters on the farms of Nebraska, the crows here alert everyone to the first sign of daylight around 4:45 a.m. At 5 a.m. the drivers begin bleating their horns… Continue Reading

Taking a Year (of a Lifetime) Off

The following is a guest post by UNMC third-year medical student Eric Nagengast. For the past eight months, one of the hardest questions for me to answer has been, “Where do you live?” In this time, I’ve spent two months in Rwanda, three months in Boston, one month in India and the rest of the time between Nebraska, Colombia and a few other countries. Since I’m a medical student, people wonder how I’m able to spend so much time away from school. I’m able to travel… Continue Reading

CON honors, remembers those lost

You just wanted to hug those kids. Tommy, 10. A good boy, glowing, talking about his dad’s job, and jets. “Tommy can tell you about any plane around,” said his grandfather, Tom Blake. Lily, 8. An angel (literally; she’d just danced in the Nutcracker) in a purple snow hat with hearts on it, and sparkly boots. When her brother blabbed about how she sometimes forgets names, she leaned in, stepped on his foot and gave him a look. That little-sister-to-big-brother look. “She was born 19… Continue Reading

There IS such a thing as a free lunch

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We’ve all heard the phrase “There’s no such thing as a free lunch.” At UNMC, though, that’s debatable. There’s always something going on over the lunch hour, and most of the time, it’s free. Sometimes lunch is even included, SO THERE, whoever came up with the above phrase. Recently, I was able to attend not one, not two, but THREE lunch sessions in the same week in which I learned something I could take back to my desk. And I could have attended two more… Continue Reading