UNMC Family Medicine Connect

Mathews, Neme Travel to Jamaica

Family Medicine Assistant Professor, Dr. Monty Mathews and house officer II, Dr. Jamil Neme are preparing for a week long trip to Jamaica, but it’s hardly a vacation.

Drs. Mathews and Jamil, along with about 20 medical students, three pharmacy students, and two physical therapy students, are serving at a church-based medical clinic in an underserved area.

While in Falmouth, Jamaica, they will see up to 400 patients, providing primary care to a population that often does not have access to healthcare. Working on this medical mission often means going without running water, air conditioning, or even electricity while supplying their own equipment and medication.

Dr. Mathews believes the experience for M1s and M2s is invaluable. “They’re learning to interview and perform physicals during the trip. It is often their first concentrated time to practice those skills on real patients,” Mathews said.

This is Dr. Mathew’s fourteenth year traveling to Jamaica. The group leaves on March 20th and returns March 26th.

Motivation and Modern Medicine

The Department of Family Medicine gathered on Thursday, March 17 for a presentation about a subject that is often discussed in the workplace.

Internal Medicine HO III, Doug Franz, MD, MPH, presented “Motivation and Modern Medicine: The Future is Now”. Dr. Franz focused on the science of motivation and how it is misunderstood and misused. He also covered how it relates to physician burnout, a problem in the world of medicine.

Faculty and staff were interested to hear about different motivation theories, the elements of motivation and what really drives us in the workplace.

Thank you to Dr. Franz for his insight and presentation!

Students invited to present poster at NAFP meeting

The 68th Annual Nebraska Academy of Family Physicians Meeting & Scientific Assembly will feature a poster presentation from two UNMC medical students.

Third year medical students Shinn-yi Chou and Gabrielle Mock are presenting “Effects of physician-patient interaction on overweight and obese patient weight management in rural Nebraska” on Friday, April 1st at the Embassy Suites La Vista Conference Center.

The students submitted their poster as part of their Family Medicine Quality Improvement Project, an optional assignment for students on a Family Medicine rotation.

New Chief Residents Announced

Please congratulate the new Family Medicine Chief Residents for the 2016-2017 academic year:

Nate Renes, M.D., and Jamil Neme, M.D.

As this year comes to a close, special thanks goes to the current chiefs, Steve Gale, M.D., and Chelsea Williams, M.D., for their hard work and dedication to keeping the program moving forward!

Congratulations again to Nate and Jamil!