UNMC Family Medicine Connect

Faculty present at STFM Conference

Several faculty members traveled to Portland, Oregon for the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine Conference on Medical Student Education from January 30-February 2.

Department of Family Medicine faculty members presented papers, posters, and contributed to roundtables and lectures at the annual conference.

DFM Faculty Conference Contributions:


  • “Obesity Bias Education: Fourth-Year Medical Student Outcomes” by Birgit Khandalavala, MBBS, Jessica Koran Scholl, PhD
  • “Impact of an Interprofessional Nutritional Intervention” by Susan Evans, MD; Birgit Khandalavala, MBBS; Jo Marie Reilly, MD; Kacie Amacher
  • “Obesity Bias: New Core Competencies for Educators” by Birgit Khandalavala, MBBS; Jessica Koran Scholl, PhD; Jenenne Geske, PhD
  • “Longitudinal Medical Student Experience and Curriculum for Enhanced Medical Education Track in Underserved Health Care” by Jennifer Liu, MD, MPH; Jenenne Geske, PhD; Jim Medder, MD, MPH


  • “Obesity Bias: New Core Competencies for Educators” by Birgit Khandalavala, MBBS; Jessica Koran Scholl, PhD; Jenenne Geske, PhD


  • “Playing With Food: Interactive Nutritional Curricula for Medical Student Education and Engagement” by Bonnie Jortberg, PhD, RD, CDE; Birgit Khandalavala, MBBS; Jo Marie Reilly, MD; Susan Evans, MD; Kacie Amacher


  • “Addressing Obesity: Critical Skill Building for Medical Students” by Jessica Koran-Scholl, PhD; Birgit Khandalavala, MBBS
  • “Spicing Up Nutrition Education: Cooking With Medical Students” by Susan Evans, MD; Birgit Khandalavala, MBBS; Jo Marie Reilly, MD; Kacie Amacher


  • “Mind the Gap: Medical and Health Professions Students’ Understanding of Clinical Roles in an Interprofessional Student-Run Free Clinic” by William Hay, MD; Mary Ann Powell, PhD

Faculty presents at STFM Conference

Department of Family Medicine faculty attended the 2017 Society of Teachers of Family Medicine Annual Spring Conference in early May, presenting at several education sessions.

Director of Behavioral, Dr. Jessica Koran-Scholl, along with a colleague from internal medicine, Dr. Jennifer Harsh, presented a lecture on “Burnout and Wellness: Using Photographs to Highlight the Medical Resident Experience”.

Koran and Residency Program Director, Dr. Kimberly Jarzynka, also participated in two breakfast roundtables, covering the topics of “Promoting Research in Family Medicine: Developing a Departmental Research Mentoring Committee” and “Practical Metrics for Assessing Family Medicine Resident Scholarly Work: Dilemmas and Solutions”.

Associate Professors, Dr. Jenenne Geske, and Dr. Birgit Khandalavala were also involved in the research for the roundtable discussions.

More information can be found on the STFM website.

Faculty presents at STFM Conference

The Society of Teachers of Family Medicine Medical Student Education Conference took place in Anaheim, California from February 9-12. Several UNMC Family Medicine faculty members represented the department as presenters at the annual conference.

Associate Professors, Jessica Koran-Scholl, PhD, and Birgit Khandalavala, MBBS, had several opportunities to present their research with a poster, special topics breakfast, and a workshop.

The poster titled, “Obesity Bias: How to Deliver a Medical Student Education Workshop” reviewed how to “incorporate learning about obesity bias in your teaching environment”. They also spoke at a special topics breakfast on “Starting the Conversation about Weight Management”. The workshop presentation covered “Are We Biased Toward Patients With Obesity? Impact and Mitigation Strategies”.

Instructor Liliana Bronner, MHSA, MBA, and Associate Professor, Jenenne Geske, PhD, in partnership with several others presented the session, “Interprofessional Education Project: Creating Health Education Interventions for Behavioral Health Clients”. Project authors also included Bill Baerentzen; Chia Chang, PharmD; Tamara Dolphens MPAS; Jennifer Hickman PharmD; Jill Jensen MPAS; Brent Khan EdD; Margaret Ofe Fleck PhD; and Sheila Williams MPAS.

Full details on all presentations can be found on the STFM website.


Tranquil Tuesdays

Sit comfortably. Let your hands relax. Close your eyes. Inhale and exhale slowly.

Faculty and staff members in the Department of Family Medicine are taking time on “Tranquil Tuesdays” to decrease stress and improve mental and physical health.

Every Tuesday, participants can to take 10 minutes over their lunch hour to “come and practice a simple yet effective Self-Guided Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Activity”.

“We all have built-in biological responses to stress, both positive and negative.  Practicing mindfulness can help to deliberately turn on the positive responses,” Dr. Jessica Koran-Scholl, Associate Professor and Director of Behavioral Health, says.

“Research indicates that those who practice mindfulness experience less anxiety, have more restful sleep and increase their empathy and problem solving abilities.  You do better and you feel better, it is basically a win-win.”

Tranquil Tuesdays takes place every Tuesday in the Family Medicine library from 12:00 – 1:00 pm.

Mental Matinee

Family Medicine faculty and staff gather on the first Thursday of every other month when Associate Professor and Director of Behavioral Health, Jessica Koran-Scholl, Ph.D, hosts Mental Matinee, an lunch hour discussion that uses television and film to explore the presentation of behavioral health topics, disorders and their sequela.

At the latest Mental Matinee, Dr. Koran discussed Disruptive, Impulse-Control and Conduct Disorders using video clips from T.V. and movies like Family Guy, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory and The Good Son.

Objectives for the November 5 presentation included:

  1. To categorize the Disruptive, Impulsive Control and Conduct Disorders
  2. Review diagnostic criteria for these disorders
  3. Review differential diagnoses
  4. To list predisposing factors and patient characteristic common to each of the disorders
  5. To review treatment strategies and prognosis for the Disruptive, Impulse Control and Conduct Disorders

Be sure to attend the next Mental Matinee on Thursday, January 7 from 12:00 – 1:00 pm in the Family Medicine conference room.