UNMC Family Medicine Connect

Wester brings students together at learning sites

The National Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education is committed to bridging the gap between how current and future health professional create people-centered and outcomes focused teams to learn together and develop real-world skills. The National Nexus team visited the Omaha team on October 19th.

Family Medicine Associate Professor, Dr. Rebecca Wester, collaborated with Claudia Chaperon PhD, ARPN, the principal investigator to bring APRN students from the College of Nursing with Pharmacy students from the College of Pharmacy together to learn Comprehensive Geriatric Assessments at skilled nursing facilities.

Dr. Wester serves as Medical Director at the Ambassador Skilled nursing facility, one of two learning sites.   She is very involved with bringing academic and community partners together to better educate future healthcare professionals. Learning in interprofessional teams builds real-world competencies through hands-on practice.

Photo left to right: Rebecca Wester MD, CMD, Claudia Chaperon, PhD, APRN, GNP Grant PI, Aaron Friedman, MD (retired Vice Chancellor at University of Minnesota), Carla Dieter, EdD, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC Coordinator of Accelerated Interprofessional Education grants for National Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education, Lynnette Leeseberg Stamler, PhD, RN, FAAN Associate Dean for Academic Services at UNMC College of Nursing. 

Family Medicine students, faculty get cooking

College of Medicine students Abby Riese and Justis Stolz took class to the kitchen during a nutrition elective.

The nutrition elective class, a collaboration between the Family Medicine Department and the Dietetics Department, allowed fourth year medical students a day at Metropolitan Community College for a vegetable cooking lab.

Assistant Professor, Dr. Susan Evans provided support for the day at the culinary school. The day also included a lecture in vitamins and minerals.



The UNMC Family Medicine Interest Group (FMIG) welcomed the Nebraska Academy of Family Physicians to their monthly meeting held on September 29.

The Nebraska Academy of Family Physicians Executive Vice President, Liz Simon, President-Elect and Family Medicine Assistant Professor, Dr. Aaron Lanik and board chair of the American Academy of Family Physicians, Dr. Robert Wergin spoke about American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) membership and their experience in Family Medicine.

Students enjoyed lunch and heard from Dr. Wergin about his involvement in the American Academy of Family Physicians and what daily life is like for him at his practice in Milford. Students were encouraged to join the AAFP and attend the NAFP’s annual fall conference.

The 2017-2018 Family Medicine Interest Group officers were also recognized by Dr. Lanik for their efforts.