Alumni Association - Connections Project

Going Outside to Help With the Stressors Inside

As healthcare professionals, most often the work you do is inside, all of the time, without the ability to even look out a window. Today Scott Sanderson, MPS, CCP, LP ’12 shares how he likes to get outside to help him deal with the stressors inside. If you live in Nebraska right now, it is a great time to be able to do this with… Continue Reading

Creating an Inclusive Environment in Healthcare & Advice for BIPOC UNMC Students

Isaiah T. Crum, a December 2020 graduate of the UNMC College of Medicine, shares a few ways healthcare practitioners can create an inclusive environment within their respective spheres of influence. He also shares advice for Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) students at UNMC.  Creating an Inclusive Environment in Healthcare  When creating an inclusive environment in healthcare, I think it’s important to speak directly… Continue Reading

Embracing Change

Colin Weekes, MD’00, PhD’98 is no stranger to forging his own path. As a student at UNMC, he worked toward completing his MD and PhD one year before the MD/PhD Scholars program began. Now, Dr. Weekes is an Associate Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and Director of Medical Oncology Pancreas Cancer Research at Massachusetts General Hospital.

Networking with Professors

Many of us recognize the importance of networking to help advance our careers, but how many apply these same ideas with their professors? Tunisia Ellis Penta, Clinical Perfusion ’02, shares why she found connecting with her professors to be so important and how it ended up saving her thousands of dollars.

The Importance of Networking

Maintaining contact with your previous supervisors, co-workers and teams is a great way to keep your professional network strong even after you leave a position. Dr. Valeria Stokes, Vice President of Human Resources at Erie Family Heath Centers in Chicago, Ill., shares her experience with networking and how it has impacted her career.

Traits of Great Leaders

This week we share leadership insight from Ernest Sigler, DDS ’75. He has been on many teams in his life; from high school football, to the Husker football team, the military, and the UNMC College of Dentistry and he shares the traits that he believes great leaders exhibit. When it comes to teamwork and working together he said, I have been blessed to be a… Continue Reading

Why UNMC & Advice to Students

Lisa Vajgrt-Smith, a 2013 public health alumnus, attended UNMC during the time of Ebola and credits UNMC’s prominent presence on the national and global scene for making her stand out, at least initially, to her employers. Fast forward to now, where she serves as an Emergency Preparedness Program Manager for Contra Costa County California, and also serves as a Deputy Commander on California-6, Disaster Medical… Continue Reading

Happy New Year!

Please enjoy this brief message from University of Nebraska Medical Center Chancellor, Jeffrey P. Gold, MD to our #unmcalumni. And happy 2nd birthday to this blog! We hope you enjoy the contents of it and invite you to share it with your alumni colleagues!

2020: A Year in Review

This year has challenged us all, but we have much to be proud of. We are so proud of all our alumni who worked so hard this year in the battle against COVID-19. As 2020 comes to a close, we wanted to share with you this brief video recap of our year. We look forward to 2021 and hope to have the opportunity to connect… Continue Reading

Season’s Greetings!

Happy Holidays to you and yours! We have a present for you, by way of this beautiful holiday medley performed by Bill Schlichtemeier, MD ’73. Enjoy!