Category: Professional Development

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

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 […]

Apr 14, 2021

Advocate for the University of Nebraska

We’re in the midst of #ILoveNU Week, and we love seeing our alumni celebrate by sharing their story on social media, contacting their senator and wearing UNMC colors. Another important way alumni can show their love is by advocating for the University of Nebraska. Below, Jeff Hines, PharmD’82 shares why he advocates for the NU […]

Mar 24, 2021

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.

Feb 18, 2021

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.

Feb 11, 2021

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.

Feb 4, 2021

Tips for Sustaining Your Calling

This week, we share insight from Jessica Semin, a UNMC alumna two times over and a current student in UNMC’s BSN to DNP program in the College of Nursing. She shares the tips she utilizes for sustaining her calling. Even though this was filmed before the pandemic, it still rings true today. “I think whenever […]

Oct 29, 2020

Servant Leadership & Relationship Building

Valeria Stokes, MSN’78, EdD grew up in a household where giving back to others was a value ingrained into her character. She took this with her throughout her career, serving in a variety of roles within hospital, corporate and nonprofit leadership. Now, as the Vice President of Human Resources at Erie Health Centers in Chicago, […]

Sep 30, 2020

Time Management Tips

Organization and prioritization are the ways that Tanner Johnson, Pharm.D. ’19 maintained his time wisely while pursuing his degree from UNMC. Now that school is back in full swing, we could all use a little helpful insight to enhance our effectiveness throughout the day. See if his tips give you some ideas!

Aug 28, 2020

Tips for Starting Your Career

Hear from Katie Garcia, DDS ’10 on tips she recommends that you take into account as you start your health professions education and then once you graduate.

Mar 11, 2020

What is Glossophobia?

Who knows what glossophobia is? Glossophobia is the fear of public speaking or speech anxiety. If you get nervous at the thought of speaking in front of people, know that you are not alone. This fear is something that is shared by up to 75% of people. Rest easy though, Sasha Shillcutt, MD, MS, FASE […]

Feb 7, 2020