Alumni Association - Connections Project

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.

Happy Nurses Week!

Today starts National Nurses Week and it’s also graduation week at UNMC! In honor of both of these events, we have advice for young alumni from Aaron Moore, MSN, RN ’09. His insight is helpful for not only nursing graduates, but all alumni. One piece of advice he offers: remember your “why” and that will help you get through the hard days and make the… Continue Reading

What is a Clinical Perfusionist?

Next week (May 2-8) is Perfusion Appreciation Week and so we wanted to highlight these important medical professionals by shining a spotlight on what they do. Scott Sanderson, MPS, CCP, LP (Clinical Perfusion ’12), shares in the video below, the vital role perfusionists play, not only in cardiac surgery, but in research and education. Scott serves as an adjunct assistant professor and clinical perfusion education… Continue Reading

Happy Medical Laboratory Professionals Week!

Did you know that 70-80% of all medical decisions are based on the precise results of the medical laboratory scientist? This week is a special time where we get to recognize these dedicated healthcare professionals and say thank you for the vital work they do. We had an opportunity to catch up with Brad Hays of the class of 1994 and he shared with us… Continue Reading

Join our online community

Alumni and students now have a dedicated online community to connect for networking, mentoring, interprofessional groups, and discussion boards.   The community, UNMC Alumni Connections, is managed by the Alumni Relations Office and was created in partnership with industry leader, PeopleGrove. It was first made available to alumni earlier this month.  Individuals who are interested in signing up may visit and join the community via LinkedIn… Continue Reading

Happy Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Day!

These #unmcalumni are the food and nutrition experts. They take the science of nutrition and turn it into practical solutions for healthy living. Thank you for the important role you play in the well-being of each patient you serve. This week, to celebrate, we have a video recipe provided by Rebecca Kraay, MMN, RDN, LMNT ’16, ‘17 where she shows you how to make No… Continue Reading

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.