UNMC Family Medicine Connect

Neme and Nirmalraj Present in San Diego

House officer, Jamil Neme, MD, and research assistant, Maya Nirmalraj, recently presented a feasibility study at the Experimental Biology Conference in San Diego, California.

The Experimental Biology Conference is a “multidisciplinary, scientific meeting features plenary and award lectures, pre-meeting workshops, oral and posters sessions, on-site career services and exhibits of an array of equipment, supplies and publications required for research labs and experimental study.” (experimentalbiology.org)

Dr. Neme and Maya Nirmalraj presented “Sugar-Sweetened Beverage Assessment in a Resident-Run Primary Care Clinic: A Feasibility Study Over 3 Months”. Other authors include Haley Mathews, Jenenne Geske, PhD, and Birgit Khandalavala, MD.

The feasibility student assessed the current consumption of beverages using the BEVQ-15 survey in a Family Medicine Clinic.

Resident of the Month: April

Family Medicine house officer, Melanie Menning, MD, was named Resident of the Month for April.

Dr. Menning was nominated by a fellow resident who says,

“Melanie is an incredibly hard worker and a great team player on inpatient months. She is always willing to go above and beyond to help anyone else out.  She also demonstrates incredible compassion for her patients, even after working extremely long hours.  Melanie volunteered to stay late for me on a day I was on nights so I could make it to a banquet with my Medical School class.  She got swamped with admits that night before I arrived and didn’t complain one time.  Her dedication and work ethic are something we all should strive for.”

Congratulations! Dr. Menning was also selected as the Resident of Month for January.

M4 to earn Family Medicine credit on Dr. Oz Show

During his fourth year of medical school, Zach Bailey will be complete a Family Medicine elective surrounded by studio lights. Bailey will be on a one-month, full-time rotation on The Dr. Oz Show in midtown Manhattan.

He shares his thoughts on the upcoming experience:

How did you hear about this opportunity and why were you interested in it?

The head of the medical unit for The Dr. Oz Show contacted the dean of admissions at UNMC about medical student rotation and internship opportunities with the show. The dean subsequently forwarded the email to our class.

I am interested in the rotation because I have interests in public health, medical research and health media. In today’s day in age many American obtain much of their health information from the media. Therefore, media outlets such as TV shows, internet, social media, radio, etc. have a tremendous influence on the public. I want to be on the forefront of the health media movement and help convey evidence-based information to the public in new and creative ways.

Secondly, I believe the key to health media is communication. That is something I think is done very well on The Dr. Oz Show, and probably the reason why the show connects with so many people. In order to be successful as a physician one must be able to communicate and convey complex medical information to patients/public, who may have a limited medical background, in a way that they are able to comprehend. I have developed these skills throughout my teaching experiences during college and medical school. However, I am looking forward to strengthening my communication skills during the rotation so that I can better serve my patients in the future.

Additionally, people learn in different ways (visual demonstrations, kinesthetic activities, auditory, etc.) and the Dr. Oz Show has the resources to creatively teach/engage the audience in various ways that stick. I hope my creative nature can be an asset to help develop new ideas and create animations and demonstrations to explain physiology and disease to the public.

Another reason I would like to rotate at the Dr. Oz Show is because of my interest in medical research. While I have engaged in laboratory and clinical research during my undergraduate and medical education, working with the medical team at The Dr. Oz Show would allow me to apply my research skills to a new platform. That is searching the literature for information to support or refute various medical questions and then interpreting, evaluating, and extracting that information to be conveyed to the public.

Overall, I thought rotating at The Dr. Oz Show would allow me to combine my broad interests while furthering my career as an aspiring physician.

What are you most looking forward to?

I am most looking forward to stepping outside of my comfort zone and trying something different. I am excited to see how the show operates behind the scenes and work with an Emmy award winning medical team. Also, I have never been to New York City before so I am looking forward to traveling and doing some site seeing in NYC.

How do you think this experience will benefit you as a future physician?

I believe it will help strengthen my communication skills and help me find creative ways to engage and teach patients. It will help broaden my medical knowledge from a public health perspective, and allow me to evaluate the literature to answer various medical questions.

Dr. Neme reflects on Jamaican Mission Trip

by House Officer II, Jamil Neme, M.D.

At the end of March, I had the good fortune of going on the medical mission trip to Jamaica. I have no shortage of words when describing my time on the island or my interaction with the locals, but I’ll keep this short.

I accompanied a group of 19 medical students, 5 pharmacy students, and 2 physical therapy students. This was in addition to staff, which included some your favorites like Dr. Mathews and Dr. Riley.  Over three and a half days, we were able to help 465 patients, which set an all new record for this annual mission trip. The main clinic was in Falmouth (just outside Montego Bay) and is a mainstay of the community.

Every day we had the opportunity to also visit smaller, more rural clinics. A highlight for me, however, was when I took small groups of students to home visits around the various clinics, for patients who were homebound for one reason or another. If seeing the stark contrast in clinics wasn’t enough, this was an insight into how the poor of Jamaica lived. Some homes were no larger than two small bedrooms and often having corrugated metal for walls. It was also a look through time with various trinkets and Polaroids displayed proudly. We encountered everything from plenty of scabies in children, STI’s, 101-year-old for checkups, and even a fall by goat.

It wasn’t all work, however. We made sure to catch a little sun and sand in MoBay. Out of the 40 people on the trip, I was one of only two people to get fried. Apparently there’s more to this sunscreen business than I thought.

I apologize if this sounds cliche, but my parting memory might just be how grateful our patients were. We helped a lot of people who may otherwise have succumbed to worsening hypertension or diabetes, and others who just wanted a routine checkup from “the American doctors”. We learned the words, ate the food, lived the life for just one week, and I would absolutely do it again. Not too bad for my first medical volunteer trip. Oh, and I’m confident I’m Zika-free, irie.

Dr. Jamil Neme and Dr. Monty Mathews
Dr. Jamil Neme and Dr. Monty Mathews