UNMC Family Medicine Connect

Family Medicine staff selected for Silver U award

Congratulations to Department of Family Medicine Office Associate Alec Kudrna for being selected as the College of Medicine Silver U awardee for August. 

This is in recognition for his work on the opening and transition of overflow COVID-19 clinics in March-May 2020. Kudrna ensured that Family Medicine providers were privileged and all providers who were reassigned to the clinics were properly privileged and able to immediately support. 

He worked with medical staff and the privileging board to make the transition as smooth as possible. Without this work, the clinic would not have opened as quickly as it did. His time and dedication is greatly appreciated.

Congratulations, Alec!

New residents attend session on race, bias, and white privilege

Several Department of Family Medicine faculty collaborated to develop a session on race, bias, and white privilege as part of new resident orientation for the 2020 intern class.

On Monday, July 27, twenty-one residents and eight faculty members gathered in small groups and over Zoom to discuss various topics on race and bias.

Highlights of the session included presentations on health equity and Omaha’s race history. Dr. Melanie Menning presented on Omaha’s immigrant and refugee health and Dr. Andrea Jones talked on the social determinants of health, racism, bias, and white privilege. Residents also heard about the racial wealth gap, white fragility, systemic racism, the social perspective for medical students and residents,

Faculty facilitators included Dr. Hannah Christiansen, Dr. Susan Evans, Dr. Alex Dworak, Dr. Andrea Jones, Dr. Jessica Koran-Scholl, Dr. Jennifer Liu, Dr. Alberto Marcelin, and Dr. Melanie Menning.

2020 Resident Graduation

The Department of Family Medicine gathered for the first ever virtual graduation ceremony on Sunday, June 28. The ceremony was held virtually to ensure the health and safety of others during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Despite the change in program, faculty, staff, residents, and their families still came together to celebrate the accomplishments of our 2020 graduating residents. The program was led by Department Chairperson Dr. Jeff Harrison, Residency Program Director Dr. Kimberly Jarzynka, Rural Track Residency Program Director Dr. Aaron Lanik, and Offutt Air Force Base Residency Program Director Dr. Dillon Savard.

The Class of 2020 at New Resident Orientation in 2017.