Alumni Association - Connections Project

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

Advice to Current UNMC Students

Yesterday, the University of Nebraska announced that for the 21st straight year, student enrollment at UNMC set a record high with 4,387 students enrolled for the 2021-2022 school year. This represents an increase of 3.5% over last year’s record of 4,239. In light of this news, we wanted to share some advice to our new and returning UNMC students from Chad Schock BSRT(R)(CT)(MR) ARRT ‘13…. Continue Reading

The Importance of Maintaining Connections with Classmates

Your UNMC classmates have been through a lot with you. You spent hours studying, stressed over exams — and celebrated being done with those exams — attended events together, and more. You stood next to one another at graduation and as each of you accomplished your goals. Jessica Semin, BSN’15, MPH’17, DNP’21 has stayed in contact with many of her classmates from UNMC, and she… Continue Reading

Advice for Incoming Pharmacy Students

With the new academic year just around the corner, Anthony Donovan, PharmD’19 is sharing advice for incoming students. Although his tips come from a pharmacy perspective, his advice applies to all incoming students. Good luck to all the new UNMC students. You will do great!

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

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

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.