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Category: Professional Development

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

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

The #1 Interview Question

Interview season is upon us. For those graduating in May or looking for an internship, it’s time to start dusting off those resumes and prepping for interviews. You can always browse the internet to find interview resources, but why not take advice from someone who interviews firsthand? Scott Sanderson, MPS, CCP, LP’12 interviews potential students […]

February 16, 2022

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 […]

October 20, 2021

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 […]

September 2, 2021