UNMC Family Medicine Connect

Family Medicine Professors Big Role in New SIM Mobile Unit

Family Medicine Professor and Assistant Dean for Clinical Skills, Paul Paulman, MD, served as the principal investigator in the partnership with The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust to obtain a $5.5 million grant for the Simulation in Motion-Nebraska (SIM-NE) mobile simulations unit. Clinical Professor, Audrey Paulman, MD, MMM, also assisted with fundraising efforts.

The truck will provide training to emergency medical service responders in rural areas including Lincoln, Norfolk, Kearney, and Scottsbluff.

“We really hope this will make a difference for the health of the people in the state. We are very grateful to the Hemsley Foundation for helping make this possible,” Paulman said.

The unit will be available to tour while it is parked at the Sorrell Center on Tuesday, July 26 from 12:00 to 4:00 pm.

Paulman guest editor for Physicians Bulletin

Department of Family Medicine Clinical Professor, Audrey Paulman, MD, MMM, served as guest editor of the May/June Issue of the Physicians Bulletin, a bimonthly publication from the Metro Omaha Medical Society.

Paulman’s focus as editor was on leadership and “the personal and professional choices that these physicians made as they chose a career commitment to publicly be identified as leaders in health care”.  The issue included a feature on Omaha’s health-care leaders, including Nebraska Medicine interim president, Dr. Brad Britigan.

House officer and current chief resident, Jamil Neme, MD, also contributed with “Leadership: A Resident’s Perspective”.

The Physicians Bulletin is available online.

Mathews Works with Olympic Hopefuls

For almost two weeks this summer, Assistant Professor Monty Mathews took his practice to Omaha’s Century Link Center, home to the 2016 Olympic Swim Trials.

This is not the first time Dr. Mathews has provided care for Olympic bound athletes. He also provided care at the 2008 and 2012 Olympic Swim Trials.

Dr. Mathews, along with Bellevue Family Medicine Clinic Manager Sue Trapp, RN, Offutt Air Force Base faculty member Jason Meredith, MD, and several Family Medicine house officers, provided services for allergies, rashes, even minor strains, sprains, and fractures.

“To see world-class athletes at their highest level behind the scenes and in competition made it a really great experience,” Mathews said.

Variety of department involvement for M3 send-off

The 2016-2017 academic year for the Department of Family Medicine begins with organizing six, eight-week rural rotations for third-year medical students. A family medicine preceptorship experience is required for all students. There is no comparable way for the student to observe the physician in his/her medical, ethical, and community relationships.

Eighteen UNMC students are visiting fifteen different rural communities across the state to train with volunteer preceptors during the first rotation.

Orientation for the group included workshops in splinting and aspiration with Medical Student Education Director Dr. Mindy Lacey, and a review of the course objections and expectations.

Students heard from Liliana Bronner and Nikki Carritt and learned about the Nebraska AHEC program. They also participated in a Mental Matinee with Behavioral Health Director, Dr. Jessica Koran, a discussion that uses television and film to explore the presentation of behavioral health topic.

The rural rotation will conclude on August 28.