Alumni Association - Connections Project

My Journey with Medicine, Psychiatry & Mental Health

By: Lauren Edwards, MD’13 On Medical School: I know some people aim to be doctors or surgeons since childhood, and while that’s wonderful, my path was very different. It felt very much like a winding journey through the wilderness, and I just followed my gut when I got to a fork in the road. I changed my major multiple times in college, studied abroad, had… Continue Reading

How Do I Find or Become a Mentor?

In last week’s blog post, you heard from Ernest Sigler, DDS’75 about the importance of a mentor. Now, you might be thinking, “How do I find or become a mentor?” Well, we have an answer for you! Our online community for UNMC students and alumni, Alumni Connections, is the perfect place for you to find a mentor or mentee. On the site, you can use… Continue Reading

The Importance of a Mentor

Ernest Sigler, DDS ’75 has had the opportunity throughout his career to be mentored and to mentor others. Today he shares a few experiences he had while serving in the military–how people found him to be supportive because he took the time to listen and how others in his life took the time to mentor him. “I would not be where I am today without… Continue Reading

Creating a Welcoming Environment for LGBTQ Individuals

Desi Bailey, MD’75 has advocated for an equitable and welcoming environment for LGBTQ patients and healthcare workers throughout her career. In addition to other involvements, she was on the Board of Directors for GLMA: Health Professionals Advancing LGBTQ Equality for 11 years and served as President from 2011 to 2013.  In this video, Dr. Bailey shares steps healthcare professionals can take to make their practice and environment more inclusive for members of the LGBTQ community.  If you are interested… Continue Reading

Tips for Negotiating Salary

By: Lisa Bilek, PhD ’13 Negotiating a salary can be such an unusual position to find yourself in, but it is important. If you have never done this before, you are typically asking for more money from someone that you have never met. Typically, it is someone from human resources (HR). The HR person will then go back to the hiring manager, so you don’t… Continue Reading

Why I Volunteer on the Alumni Council

Each member of our Alumni Councils bring their unique perspectives and experiences to the table, and we appreciate every one of them! Sara May, MD’09, Internal Medicine’13 shares why she volunteers on the UNMC College of Medicine Alumni Council. Serving on your profession’s Alumni Council is a fantastic leadership opportunity and a way to give back to UNMC. Alumni Councils meet just three times per… Continue Reading

Preparation from UNMC & Giving Back

Carol Swarts, MD’59 feels very strongly that her medical school education at UNMC prepared her for her career and it’s ultimately why she feels it is so important to give back to support the next generation of healthcare leaders.

Benefits of Practicing in Rural Nebraska

After both growing up in rural communities, Mike Moravec, PT, DPT’04, OCS and Lisa Moravec, RDH’02, MSDH have made rural Nebraska their home. The Moravecs share what they love about their community and the benefits of practicing in rural Nebraska in this week’s Connections Project Blog.

LinkedIn Tips & Tricks

Shalis Ammons, PhD’16 and Prathamesh Patil, PhD’18 have both used the professional networking platform, LinkedIn, to create a strong digital presence and land jobs since graduating from UNMC. This week, Drs. Ammons and Patil share practical steps students and alumni can take to maximize their profile’s search engine optimization and positively market themselves to potential employers.

What is Tai Chi?

This Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Month, learn about the ancient Chinese form of martial arts, Tai Chi. This practice has many health benefits and is an outcome-based program that decreases risk of falls in seniors. In this week’s Connections Project Blog, Holly Warth, RN, BSN, ’78, ’80 teaches us about Tai Chi, where it comes from, its health benefits, and some simple moves to get… Continue Reading