Alumni Association - Connections Project

Motivations to Give Back

Raised by two philanthropic parents, Katie Garcia, DDS’10 has always been inclined to give back to the organizations that have helped her become who she is today. Dr. Garcia shares more about her motivations to support UNMC through financial gifts in this week’s Connections Project Blog video. Thank you to the alumni and friends who have provided gifts to the UNMC Innovation Funds. Your gifts… Continue Reading

Working in a Small Town

National Rural Health Day (NRHD) is celebrated each year on the third Thursday of November. This day “is an opportunity to “Celebrate the Power of Rural” by honoring the selfless, community-minded spirit that prevails in rural America. NRHD showcases the efforts of rural healthcare providers, State Offices of Rural Health and other rural stakeholders to address the unique healthcare challenges that rural citizens face today… Continue Reading

Happy Veterans Day

The UNMC Alumni Association recognizes the service and sacrifice our Veterans, service members and their families have given. On this Veterans Day (and everyday), we thank you for your service. To recognize this important day, we spoke with three military-connected members of the UNMC community. In this video, alumni Peter W. Hunt, MPA-C’87 (US Army Veteran) and Christian Petersen, CPT, DDS’16, MS (US Army), and… Continue Reading

Happy Genetic Counselor Day!

Right now, UNMC only has one class of #unmcalumni in this profession and we have a message from an alumna of that class. Sierra Clark, MGC ‘21, CGC, shares how she found her perfect fit and her appreciation for the profession and the whole-person approach to patient care.

Communication in a Professional Setting

By Ryan Bristol APRN’17, FNP-C  Navigating conversations with people who share a different set of beliefs, and/or education level is a skill that is vastly underrated. We all have colleagues who share different views and may even be difficult to get along with. However, we do share core values to some extent with these colleagues. The shared core values (wanting to help people) create a basic connection, fostering respect and adaptability on a professional… Continue Reading

Hindsight is 20/20: Advice to my 25-year-old self

You’ve heard that saying right? Meaning, that when you look back on a situation or an event (after the fact), you have a clearer understanding of it and how things could have been done better. We all wish we could learn things without having to first experience them, but did you know that you actually can? You can learn from someone who has already gone… Continue Reading

Happy PA Day!

It’s National Physician Assistant Day. Happy day to all of our #unmcalumni PAs! We so appreciate you and the work you do. Thank you! For those who don’t know what a PA is or what they do, take a listen as Sydney Berg, MPAS, PA-C ’17 shares what attracted her to the profession and the scope of work PAs can do in their careers. If… Continue Reading

Advice to Current Students & Recent Graduates

Classes are in full-swing at UNMC and throughout the school year, we like to share insight from alumni, especially as it relates to advice they have for current students and recent graduates. This week we share insight from Ralph Abalo, MPS ’18, CCP, LP. He is a proud graduate of UNMC’s clinical perfusion program and his advice is relevant for not only students and graduates… Continue Reading

Advice for First-Generation Students

10% of this year’s medical school class at UNMC are first-generation students, meaning neither of their parents hold a bachelor’s or higher degree. First-generation students face a number of barriers in their pursuit of postsecondary education, and research shows that first-gen students are half as likely as their peers to enroll in graduate programs after college. Additionally, about half of first-gen undergraduate students are from… Continue Reading

Alumni Share Why They Chose UNMC

In the UNMC Alumni Office, we have the privilege to speak with many of our more than 46,000+ alumni and each time that we do, we like to ask them, why UNMC? Why did you choose the University of Nebraska Medical Center for your health professions education? Most of the time, we hear that it was an easy, “no brainer” decision or that it was… Continue Reading