Category: Professional Development

A collection of blog posts related to all forms of professional development, including: communication, time management, and more.

The Importance of Lifelong Learning

The end of each year is a natural time to reflect on where you’ve been, where you are and where you want to be. As the new year approaches, you might start thinking about changes you’d like to make or what you’d like to accomplish going forward. Whatever your goals are, it’s important to continue […]

December 1, 2022

Tips for Starting Your Own Business

In March of 2018, Mike Moravec, PT, DPT’04, OCS opened his own physical therapy clinic, Bluffs Physical Therapy, in Scottsbluff, Neb. He and his wife, Lisa Moravec, RDH’02, MSDH, share advice to UNMC students and alumni who would like to open their own business. Whether it is something you would like to do soon, or […]

October 25, 2022

Understanding & Handling Adverse Outcomes

Mistakes are a part of life. While no one wants to make a mistake, it’s inevitable that you will make one a time or two. Knowing how to respond when you mess up can make a big difference both personally and professionally. Scott Sanderson, MPS, CCP, LP’12 understands this and shares the advice he gives […]

October 19, 2022

Advice for Students Considering a PhD Program

Sachi Verma, MPH’17, is currently working on her PhD at UNMC. In this two-minute video, she shares advice for those who are considering earning a PhD. One of the most important tips – start preparing now! Be sure to watch and take note of her suggestions if this is something you can see in your […]

August 24, 2022

Professional Development Opportunities for UNMC Students

It’s hard to believe August is here and a new group of students will be starting their education at UNMC. This month, the Connections Project Blog will be featuring advice and opportunities for students who will be arriving on campus soon. To start, UNMC College of Dentistry alum Grant Essink, DDS’17, MS shares a few […]

August 3, 2022

Advocating for Yourself

Advocating for yourself isn’t always the easiest thing to do. However, it is an important action students and professionals alike need to do to gain opportunities, experiences and more. It might be hard, but it’s worth it. Jillian Negri, DNP’17, APRN-NP, ACNP-BC reminds us of the importance of advocating for yourself.

July 27, 2022

Advice to Graduating Students

Happy Graduation Week! Congratulations to all of the students who will be joining the #UNMCalumni family this week. We can’t wait to celebrate with you! Tyler Housh, MLS’19 offers his top piece of advice for new grads in under a minute in this week’s Connections Project Blog.

May 4, 2022

Working on Inter-Professional Teams

In healthcare, and many other fields, knowing how to work on an inter-professional team is a critical skill. Collaborating with others who bring different experience can lead to better outcomes in your work. It can also help expand your perspective and approach to problems, too. Our alumni have experience working on teams like this. Sarah […]

April 20, 2022

The Importance of Professional Societies

Are you a member of your professional society? If not, there are many reasons why you should consider joining – especially if you are a student about to graduate! Randy Heibel, DDS’78, MAGD, ABGD CDR (ret) shares a few benefits that come from joining your professional society.

April 13, 2022

Becoming an Advocate

Knowing how to advocate is critical. Whether advocating on behalf of a patient, advocating for social change, or advocating for yourself, understanding the necessary skills to be a good advocate is important. Desi Bailey, MD’75 has been involved in advocacy work throughout her life, most recently with the American Medical Association and GLMA: Health Professionals […]

March 2, 2022