McGoogan News

From the Archives: Medical Technology First Program in Allied Health

By John Schleicher

The medical technology education program at the University of Nebraska College of Medicine was started in 1932.  It was organized in cooperation with the clinical laboratory of the University of Nebraska Hospital (now Nebraska Medicine), which had been established in 1923. 

Medical technology (now Medical Laboratory Science) was the first program in the area becoming known as the allied health professions to be started at UNMC.  Several other programs quickly followed.  With the growth of these various programs, a School of Allied Health Professions was formed within the College of Medicine in 1972.  In 1973, the physician assistant program was started, and other new programs would follow in the last decades of the 20th century.

In 2007, Bennett Hall (built in 1918) underwent an $8.9 million renovation (46,000 square feet of space), and in August 2008, all ten of the educational programs of School of Allied Health were finally housed together, for first time ever in one location, having previously been located across the UNMC campus in various buildings.

On July 1, 2015, the School of Allied Health Professions ceased being administered by the College of Medicine, and became the College of Allied Health Professions, the sixth college established at UNMC.

Search tips: Searching for healthy can be easy

By Cindy Schmidt

If you have ever searched PubMed for the details of the range of a healthy human organ’s functions or some other aspect of normal human function, you have probably experienced some frustration.   Articles about unhealthy variations in function seen in diseased organs usually far outnumber articles about normal organ function.

The good news is that EMBASE, one of the literature databases licensed by McGoogan Library, indexes the “normal human” concept making searches for “normal” easy.  Give it a try:

Go to the Library’s homepage

Click on the “Literature Databases” button (right side of the page).

Click the “EMBASE” link.

Click on the “EMTREE” link.

Search for – health human – or – normal human.

Click on the heading that appears.

When the heading’s tree appears, look to the right to find and click the “Take this query to Advanced Search” button.

Add your additional search terms to the query and hit the “Search” button.


Pet therapy, snack break, and extended hours planned

To help students relax while finishing out the semester, the McGoogan Library of Medicine will host relaxation breaks during the weeks of April 23 and 30. All are welcome.

Events include:

Pet therapy: Volunteers from Paws for Friendship, a local pet therapy organization, will bring dogs to the library to help students and others de-stress, on the sixth floor of Wittson Hall on Tuesday, April 24, from 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

Healthy snack break: Grab a healthy snack in the Linder Lounge located on the sixth floor of the library. Snacks will be available (while supplies last) starting at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, May 1.

Relax with animals: Enjoy calming views of puppies and kittens livestreaming on a monitor in the library’s sixth floor lobby area.

Wellness Corner and the Reflection Room: For additional relaxation, don’t forget to spend time in the library’s Reflection Room located on the eighth floor, or the Wellness Corner, located on the northwest side of the sixth floor. Massage chairs are located in both areas.

Extended hours: The library will be open extended hours – 7:30 a.m. to midnight — each day from April 30-May 3.