UNMC Family Medicine Connect

Koran, Khandalavala present in E-Learning showcase

The UNMC Office of Academic Affairs hosted the annual E-Learning showcase on Tuesday, April 16. The 2019 E-Learning Showcase, “Innovators in Education”, spotlighted faculty and student collaborators making transformations in UNMC curricula.

Family Medicine faculty, Dr. Birgit Khandalavala and Dr. Jessica Koran presented their e-module “Obesity Bias”.

“We worked with students from several UNMC colleges to create this e-module which will be housed and open for anyone to complete in the UNMC E-Gallery.  It was a fun morning and we were excited to share our work with the other groups and the campus faculty,” Dr. Koran said.

Visit the E-Gallery to learn more.

Obesity Bias

Faculty involved with SRFC committee

Department of Family Medicine faculty members have always played an active role in the Student Run Free Clinic Faculty Association (SRFCFA). Assistant Professors, Dr. Melanie Menning and Dr. Jennifer Liu are now on the SRFCFA Research Committee.

“As the organization is quite new, research has not yet played a large role but we are hoping to help increase this,” Dr. Menning said.

The Society of Student Run Free Clinics is made up of 96 clinics from four different countries. The research committee hopes to form collaborations between the clinics to allow for larger scale research to be conducted.

Additionally, the committee hopes to develop a mentorship program for students and junior faculty who are looking to take a more active role in research and the Journal of Student-Run Free Clinics.

The SRFCFA held their annual meeting March 1-2, 2019 in Kansas City, Missouri.


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

Resident attends Pediatric Hospitalist Medicine Conference

Second-year resident, Michael Dobson, MD, attended the Pediatric Hospitalist Medicine Conference in Atlanta, Georgia from July 19-22.

Dr. Dobson presented his poster, “More Than Just Epistaxis: an 11-Year-Old Female with Recurrent Epistaxis”.

The annual Pediatric Hospital Medicine Meeting is an educational conference for pediatric hospitalists and other clinicians involved in the care of hospitalized children.

5th Annual Resident Research Symposium

The 5th Annual Resident Research Symposium on March 21, featured poster presentations and oral presentations from Department of Family Medicine residents. The top presenters are recognized at the annual event attended by faculty, residents, and staff. This year’s winners were:


  • First Place: Dr. Krista Stoecker for “When Anxiety is More than Just Anxiety: A thyroid Storm Case Report”
  • Second Place: Dr. Kaitlin Hahn for “Morbidity & Mortality Conference: Cultivating a Culture of Safety”

Oral Presentation:

  • First Place: Dr. Melanie Menning for “Measles Risk in Central Nebraska”
  • Second Place: Dr. Haleigh White for “Correlation of 250HD Levels and Patient-oriented Outcomes at 12 month Well Visit”