UNMC Family Medicine Connect

SIM-NE Update

Department of Family Medicine Professor, Paul Paulman, M.D., is the principal investigator of the $5.5 million grant from The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust to use mobile, high-tech simulation trucks to provide training opportunities on life-saving procedures for rural emergency medical providers and hospitals.

Here is an update from the SIM-NE team and their current focuses:

  • Securing space for each truck.
  • Meeting with local leaders at each site to discuss the program.
  • Received a set of mannequins and equipment to outfit each truck.
  • Awarded $62,500 grant from Women Investing in Nebraska.

For additional news and events visit the SIM-NE website.

Family Medicine welcomes new Deputy Director of AHEC Program

Nicole Carritt, MPH, joins the Department of Family Medicine as the Deputy Director and Program Manager of the Nebraska Area Health Education Center program.

Nicole has a Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise Science from Wayne State College and earned her Master’s in Public Health from UNMC. Professionally, Nicole spent five years leading a local public health department in western Iowa, overseeing over 20 public health and health care programs.

Most recently, Nicole was the executive director of Project Extra Mile, a statewide nonprofit organization in Nebraska, focused on preventing and reducing alcohol-related harms by advocating for evidence-based policies and practices. The work focused on providing training and technical assistance to coalitions, communities, and policymakers at every level; working with law enforcement partners; engaging in media advocacy; and training youth leaders.  She spent two years as the policy and research specialist before becoming the organization’s executive director.

She currently serves as an officer on the board of directors for the US Alcohol Policy Alliance and is a member of the Harrison County Iowa Incident Management Assistance Team.

Nicole is excited about the opportunities to work with AHEC and UNMC.

“I’m looking forward to being a contributing member of the large UNMC team and utilizing my knowledge and expertise to help build upon the successes of the Nebraska AHEC Program, making it a model for other states working collaboratively to recruit and train health care professionals in rural areas,” she said.

The Nebraska Area Health Education Center program, or AHEC, is a cooperative venture between a medical school (and/or its sponsoring institution) and community centers in remote locations.

UNMC received federal funding to establish AHECs in Nebraska in 2001, with Dr. Michael Sitorius serving as the principal investigator for the project. Since its inception, the Nebraska AHEC Program has been coordinated by UNMC College of Medicine, Department of Family Medicine. Five regional AHECs (in Grand Island, Norfolk, Scottsbluff, Omaha, and Lincoln) manage the day-to-day tasks, program coordination, and outreach.

In her spare time, Nicole enjoys spending time with her husband and two elementary-aged children while staying active and outdoors.

Welcome, Nicole!

Dr. Audrey Paulman and students earn e-learning grant

Family Medicine faculty member, Audrey Paulman, MD, served as a faculty advisor for one of 19 approved UNMC E-Learning modules. Approved applications will receive a $1000 grant to develop the modules geared toward improving learning experiences for UNMC students.

With the guidance of Dr. Paulman, student members, Lance Villeneuve and Michael Visenio are working to develop the UNMC E-Learning module, Clinical Management of Common Medical Problems: Treating Diabetes, Dyslipidemia, and Hypertension through the UNMC Interactive E-Learning Program.

Completed e-modules will be presented to UNMC leaders, the faculty community, and external board of advisors at the E-Learning Showcase on April 21, 2016.

The e-learning module will also be archived in the Digital Commons repository at McGoogan Library.

You can read more about the E-Learning Awards for November 2015 on UNMC Today.