UNMC Family Medicine Connect

Paulman Passes Predoctoral Baton

Since 1984, Dr. Paul Paulman has assisted in the education of thousands of medical students. With the assistance of rural community preceptors and faculty, Dr. Paulman has had great success as the Predoctoral Education Director for the Department of Family Medicine.

As of January 12, Dr. Paulman has stepped down from his role and passing the baton to fellow faculty member, Dr. Mindy Lacey.

Dr. Lacey has assumed the role of Medical Student Education Director where she will experience the support and collegiality from the extended network of preceptors.

Dr. Paulman will continue as a faculty member of the Department of Family Medicine and also plans to work with the College of Medicine and UNMC to help develop and expand efforts in simulation for training, assessment and bringing simulation technology to Nebraska communities.

Thank you Dr. Paulman for your all your marvelous work for the program and congratulations Dr. Lacey!

Resident of the Month: January

Family Medicine house officer I, Melanie Menning, M.D., was named Resident of the Month for January 2016.

Dr. Menning stepped up to take over on-call for an inpatient intern who will take time off to be with his wife when she goes into labor. In an exceptionally busy service month, her efforts are greatly appreciated.

Dr. Allison Hirz was also recommended after she extended her shift in the clinic to see an OB triage on the floor.


FM Resident to Speak on Series Panel

UNMC will host a course to discuss religion and patient care on Thursday, January 21, titled “Caring for Patients with Soul-Islam”.

The discussion will review “cultural considerations which may impact health care for Muslim patients”.

Family Medicine resident house officer II, Jamil Neme, MD will sit on the panel of speakers.

The event is from 10:30 am to 12:20 pm in Eppley Science Hall, room 3010.

More information on the series and registration can be found on UNMC Today.

Congratulations, Dr. Neme!

Clinic Spotlight: Oakview Family Medicine

Oakview Medical Center is a convenient location for those who work and live in West Omaha. Several Family Medicine faculty members practice at Oakview, providing expertise of Nebraska Medicine.

The Oakview Family Medicine team shares this season’s achievements and news with a message from Dr. Douglas Inciarte.

“We are now celebrating the holidays, it’s incredible witnessing the great patient care provided this year. The achievements of our clinic are above the expectations,” Dr. Inciarte said.

With the addition of Dr. Jennifer Liu this year, Oakview also welcomed a patient visit volume increase by 30%.

Other personnel changes included the retirement of clinic manager, Linda Dechant, and Karen Merwarld, RN. Appreciation and thanks to Linda and Karen for their service and commitment to patients and staff!

The Oakview team was also joined by Melissa Gittins, RN, medical assistant, Linda Stafford, and medical receptionist, Jordan Savage.

The Oakview team rounded out a successful year with a Ugly Christmas Sweater Potluck and looks forward to a successful upcoming year.

“We continue to strive in patient satisfaction,” Dr. Inciarte said, “our staff is working the extra mile…they deserve a token of our appreciation and thanks.”

Medical Student Selected for NASA Clerkship

Miranda Mesloh, an UNMC fourth-year medical student, is one of six students selected for NASA’s Aerospace Medicine Clerkship, a four week clerkship at the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas. Mesloh is earning a Family Medicine academic credit for her participation.

The clerkship involves “formal lectures on space medicine topics and issues, as well as familiarization with the medical aspects of International Space Station operations, design and function”.

Mesloh previously worked as an aerospace engineer before deciding to pursue medicine and transitioning into aerospace medicine research.

“My mentor at NASA mentioned the senior clerkship program to me before I left – I thought it would be a great opportunity. It was my goal entering my medical training to, hopefully, return to participate in the rotation,” Mesloh said.

Besides being involved with the aerospace community again, Mesloh is looking forward to a familiar atmosphere.

“The environment is very energizing. I’m excited to contribute to space medicine from a different perspective. And of course, spend time with old friends and co-workers,” Mesloh said.