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

Alumni Share Why They Chose UNMC

In the UNMC Alumni Office, we have the privilege to speak with many of our more than 46,000+ alumni and each time that we do, we like to ask them, why UNMC? Why did you choose the University of Nebraska Medical Center for your health professions education? Most of the time, we hear that it was an easy, “no brainer” decision or that it was… 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 to Students from a Nursing Grad

This week, as ~1k new students begin their health professions education at UNMC, we wanted to share some words of wisdom from our #unmcalumni. Understanding the “why” behind everything is critical and is excellent advice shared by Eva Brooks, RN, BSN ’16. Take a quick listen!

Why UNMC? A Nurse’s Story

As new students take part in orientation and the start of their first health professions classes at UNMC, we thought we would share one alum’s story on why they chose UNMC. Hear from Aaron Moore about what was going on in his life to make him pursue a bachelor’s degree and then what sparked further interest in him to get a master’s degree. We wish… 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

The Importance of a Mentor

Ernest Sigler, DDS ’75 has had the opportunity throughout his career to be mentored and to mentor others. Today he shares a few experiences he had while serving in the military–how people found him to be supportive because he took the time to listen and how others in his life took the time to mentor him. “I would not be where I am today without… Continue Reading