UNMC Family Medicine Connect

M1s Gain Insight on Rural Care Block Rotation

Starting in May, more than 100 medical students will venture to one of more than 30 sites to complete their Rural Care Block Rotation. The purpose of the course is for students to live in and experience life and primary care in a Nebraska community.

On April 25, students learned where they would be spending the three week rotation.

Department of Family Medicine Assistant Professor of Family Medicine Dr. Monty Mathews briefed the students on the logistics, expectations and overview of the course.

Students also heard from Associate Professor of Internal Medicine Division of Geriatric Medicine, Dr. Ed Vandenberg; Teresa Hartman, Associate Professor at the McGoogan Library of Medicine; and a student panel who gave a summary of their own experiences.

Student are also asked to make a home visit to a geriatric patient in their preceptor’s practice to assess and begin to understand the adaption the patients make to accommodate for their disabilities.

As students prepare to enter their M2 year, they will have experienced the rewards and challenges of primary care practice in rural Nebraska through the Rural Care Block.

Family Medicine Interest Group Elects New Officers

2016-17 Family Medicine Interest Group Officers

Medical students interested in Family Medicine were invited to participate in the annual Family Medicine Interest Group Officer Elections on Monday, April 25. Outgoing officers offered advice and an overview of each position to their peers who are looking to get involved.

Congratulations to the 2016-2017 Officers:

Co-Presidents: Ben Fisher and Luke Huber
Co-Vice Presidents: Hannah Malcolm and Thomas Vonderfecht
Secretary: Hannah Luksa
Treasurer: Jared Baxter
Procedure Night Chairs: Tyler Evans and Shauna Lindstedt

The club advocates for family medicine through a variety of programs and activities including Ready, Set, Fit and Tar Wars..

Outgoing FMIG President, Hannah Baldridge, and Dr. Jay Moore, Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs.
Outgoing FMIG President, Hannah Baldridge, and Dr. Jay Moore, Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs.

Bronner, Geske to Present at Nebraska Healthcare Quality Forum

The 13th Annual Nebraska Healthcare Quality Forum will be held on Thursday, May 12, 2016 at the Embassy Suites Hotel and Convention Center – La Vista. The Quality Forum will focus on “improving care within our communities and within/across care settings.”

The Department of Family Medicine will be represented by Liliana Bronner, MHSA, MBA, and Jenenne Geske, PhD, who are set to present “Examining Disparities for Women of Color in Nebraska”. The presentation will compare current data to data collected between 2007 and 2009 and examine trends in selected social and health indicators which provide a comprehensive understanding of the underlying disparities among Nebraska women.

Bronner and Geske will present along with Josie Rodriguez, MS, from the Nebraska Office of Health Disparities and Health Equity.

Fifth U.S.-Sino Class Wraps Up

The Department of Family Medicine partnered with universities in Shanghai and Xi’an, China to establish training programs in family medicine in 2012. As part of this partnership, the department welcomed their fifth class to UNMC for the U.S.-Sino Family Medicine Leadership Development Course. Various training techniques, including models and simulations, play a role in this training.

Drs. Jeff Harrison, Kim Jarzynka, Paul Paulman, Audrey Paulman and Mike Sitorius are coordinators of the course.

Students of the course concluded their time at UNMC by presenting what they learned and shared their cultural experiences. The presentations also included a performance from Dr. Li Jian, a frequent performer in the Beijing Opera. The day concluded with a luncheon and certificate presentation from Dr. Jeff Harrison and Dr. Kimberly Jarzynka.


Faculty Hit Service Milestones

A total of 105 faculty members, celebrating service milestones of 40, 30, 20, 10 and five years, will be recognized during Wednesday’s annual faculty meeting at 4 p.m. in the Durham Research Center Auditorium.

Four of those faculty members are from the Department of Family Medicine.

Instructor Liliana Bronner, MHSA, MBA, is celebrating five years of service. Associate Professor, David Harnisch, MD, and Assistant Professor, James Simmons, MD, are celebrating 10 years of service. Elisabeth Backer, MD, is celebrating 2o years of service.

Congratulations and thank you!

Complete list of awardees.

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