UNMC Family Medicine Connect

Residents, subinterns announced for 2020-21

The Department of Family Medicine will welcome new house officers for the traditional, military, and rural training track programs for the 2020-2021 year. Four UNMC medical students will also be joining through the Advanced Rural Training Program as subinterns.

UNMC Match Day was held virtually on March 20.


  • Sarah Marlatt
  • Haley Mathews
  • Jacob Vasa
  • Jeffrey Wallman

Current Advanced Rural Training Program

  • Matthew Dorwart – UNMC
  • Denai Fraction – UNMC
  • Daniel Lomelin – UNMC
  • Allie Swanson – UNMC

Traditional, Urban Underserved

  • Megha Ananth – University of Kansas School of Medicine -Wichita
  • Allison Bird – A.T. Still University Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Diana Bosworth – UNMC
  • Zachary Ehresman – UNMC

Air Force

  • Corin Archuleta – Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Jacqueline Baude – UNMC
  • Dorie Pitzer – Creighton University School of Medicine
  • Steven Preitt – Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Andrew Rochee III – Rutgers University, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
  • Francesca Ursua – Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences
  • Connor Wagner – University of New Mexico School of Medicine
  • Patricia Zick – Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences

Rural Training Track

Grand Island

  • Laura Leon – UNMC
  • Skylar Stacy – University of Kansas School of Medicine – Wichita


  • Holly Groteluschen – UNMC
  • Shelby Liesemeyer – UNMC


  • Vitor Martins Da Silva – Faculdade de Medicina de Bahia

North Platte

  • Justin Taylor – UNMC


  • Zachary Holmes – Saba University
  • Nathan Van Winkle – UNMC

DFM at STFM Medical Student Education Conference

2020 STFM Medical Student Education Conference

The 2020 Society of Teachers of Family Medicine Conference on Medical Student Education Conference was held in Portland, Oregon, giving some Department of Family Medicine faculty an opportunity to share their family medicine research and wisdom.

  • Department of Family Medicine Contributions:
  • Lectures:
    • “Interactive Strategies for Learner Obesity Bias Education and Mitigation Incorporating the New Core Obesity Competencies (STU)” by Birgit Khandalavala, MBBS and Jessica Koran-Scholl, PhD
  • Posters:
    • “Impact of an Interprofessional Mediterranean Culinary Course on Medical Student Nutrition” by Susan Evans, MD; Jenenne Geske, PhD; Birgit Khandalavala, MBBS; Max Lydiatt; Cathy Curtis; Brian OMalley
    • “Development of an Interprofessional eLearning Module for Implicit Obesity Bias Medical Education” by Birgit Khandalavala, MBBS and Jessica Koran-Scholl, PhD
    • “Feasibility of Conducting a Study in an Amish Community in Rural Nebraska” by Mindy Lacey, MD; Jenenne Geske, PhD; Birgit Khandalavala, MBBS; Joseph Rohr, MD, PhD; Kristine Spears, PA-C
    • “Not Your Typical High School Dance: Collaborative Community Dance Events to Enhance STI Testing for Adolescents” by Andrea Jones, MD; Birgit Khandalavala, MBBS; Sara Marlatt
  • Scholarly Topic Roundtable Discussions:
    • “Our Future and the Family Medicine Student and Resident: Teaching, Exercise, Healthy Nutrition and Lifestyle Redesign (STU)” by Jo Reilly, MD, MPH; Jessica Thai; Max Lydiatt; Susan Evans, MD; Birgit Khandalavala, MBBS
    • “Obesity Bias- Blindspots and Blatancies: Strategies and Educational Interventions for Medical Students” by Birgit Khandalavala, MBBS; Jessica Koran-Scholl, PhD
    • “Preventive Health for Underserved Youth: Public Health Strategies, Community-Based Ventures and Medical Student Education (STU)” by Andrea Jones, MD; Jennifer Liu, MD
    • “Using Aquifer Family Medicine Cases to Solve Unique and Common Curricular Challenges, 10 Years In (NFAC)” by Elizabeth Brown, MD, MPH; Dana Nguyen, MD; Jacob Prunuske, MD, MSPH; Kenneth Wise; Dolapo Babalola, MD, FAAFP, FAAFP; William Hay, MD
    • “Interprofessional Community Engaged Activities of an Interprofessional Student-Run Clinic” by Jennifer Liu, MD; Kristen Cook, PharmD, BCPS; Jenenne Geske, PhD; Wayne Mathews; William Hay, MD; Andrea Jones, MD; Megan Timmerman, RD; Sean Feehan
  • Completed Research Project:
    • “Strengthening Medical and Pharmacy Interprofessional Collaboration at a Student-Run Free Clinic: The GOODLIFE Model” by William Hay, MD; Kristen Cook, PharmD, BCPS
  • Symposia:
    • “There Will Be Food: Teaching Nutrition Skills to Medical Students Through Cooking” by Susan Evans, MD; Jessica Thai, Bonnie Jortberg, PhD, RD, CDE; Jo Reilly, MD, MPH; Birgit Khandalavala, MBBS; Max Lydiatt; Cathy Curtis; Brian OMalley

FMIG hosts annual NAFP event

The Family Medicine Interest Group recently hosted their annual meeting with the Nebraska Academy of Family Practice.

This year featured a panel discussion with NAFP President Dr. Steven Williams, board chair of the American Academy of Family Physicians, Dr. Robert Wergin, UNMC Family Medicine Resident Program Director, Dr. Kimberly Jarzynka, and current Family Medicine residents Dr. Zach Wordekemper and Denai Gordon.

The current FMIG officers were also introduced and recognized.

Hay, Paulman acknowledged for SSRFC conference event

A article in the Journal of Interprofessional Care recently acknowledged Department of Family Medicine faculty, Dr. Bill Hay and Dr. Audrey Paulman for their support of the 2018 Society of Student-Run Free Clinics Annual Conference.

Hay and Paulman served as faculty mentors for the 2018 Society of Student-Run Free Clinics conference event, an abridged hackaton, piloted at the conference.


Dr. Zach Meyer honored at annual Koefoot Awards

DFM Rural Residency Director, Dr. Jeff Harrison, DFM Medical Student Education Director, Dr. Mindy Lacey, Koefoot Award recipient, Dr. Zach Meyer, and DFM Chairman Dr. Michael Sitorius.

Students describe Family Practice of Grand Island clinic physician, Dr. Zachary Meyer, as caring, genuine, and approachable. Their experience with the UNMC graduate during a third-year family medicine clerkship earned him recognition as the 2019 recipient of the Marion D. and Theodore H. Koefoot, Jr., M.D. Outstanding Preceptor in Rural Family Medicine Award.

“He took the time to get to know me and my interests, and made sure I was intimately involved in any case that could help me learn and achieve my personal goals,” one student said in his nomination form.

It is the examples set through teaching, mentorship, and as a community role model that led to honoring Dr. Meyer with the Koefoot Award at the 14th annual banquet on April 24. The evening including recognition of Dr. Meyer from UNMC Department of Family Medicine Medical Education Director, Dr. Mindy Lacey, department chairman, Dr. Michael Sitorius, and Gretchen Vondrak, daughter of Marion and Dr. Theodore Koefoot.

The Koefoot Award was created in 2005 in memory of Dr. Theodore Koefoot. He was a charter preceptor for University of Nebraska Medical Center’s rural family medicine preceptorship. The award is granted to a rural Nebraska family physician who provides outstanding teaching and mentoring of medical students during their Family Medicine rural preceptorship and serves as an outstanding community physician. The award was established through a gift made to the University of Nebraska Foundation by the Koefoot family.

Gretchen and husband Nick Vondrak, and Dr. Koefoot’s grandchildren, Sarah Gernhart, M.D., Nicholas Vondrak, and Suzanne Hansen attended the banquet, along with their families, to honor this year’s recipient and acknowledge the influence of a preceptor’s family to the medical student experience.

The highlight of the evening included an acceptance speech from Dr. Meyer where he shared his experience as a family medicine preceptor and expressed his gratitude.

“Thanks to the students who nominated me and to all the students who come out to Grand Island for being willing to learn and engage with the practice of medicine outside the Omaha area,” Meyer said.

“Thank you for challenging me and keeping me on my toes. There are some neat people in this world and a lot of them happen to be medical students. It’s a great honor to get to work with them.”

Several medical student were also honored at the annual banquet.

  • Zachary Wordekemper received the James L. Leahy Award, given to an outstanding senior medical student who will enter the Family Medicine House Officer program at this medical center.
  • Ryan Muehling received the Fay Smith award given to a graduating UNMC medical student who has completed a family medicine clerkship and who will be entering a family medicine residency program.
  • John Bader received the Rodney A. Sitorius, M.D., and Virginia H. Sitorius Scholarship.
  • Katelyn Jelden was the recipient of the Audrey and Paul Paulman Scholarship