As Nebraska delegate, Dr. Balasanova authors resolution to promote use of clinically accurate terminology

Alёna A. Balasanova, MD, FAPA is the Nebraska delegate to the Young Physicians Section of the AMA, where she also serves on the Strategy and Leadership Committee. At the AMA Interim Meeting November 8-13 in National Harbor, Maryland, Dr. Balasanova authored a resolution to promote the use of clinically accurate, nonjudgmental terminology related to substance use disorders and addiction. The resolution was passed as amended… Continue Reading

SPOTLIGHT: Arica Lerdahl

Arica Lerdahl Research Assistant What are your duties as a research assistant? We are currently working on two studies. I work on recruiting subjects for each study and coordinating their appointments. I also score the forms that the subjects fill out and organize the data we collect. For one of the studies, I also assist with the MEG and fMRI scans as needed. Why did… Continue Reading

Staff celebrates Batey’s long career

Bill Batey has retired after working 28 years as a psychotherapist for UNMC/Nebraska Medicine. Batey started in 1990 and worked for four different chairs during his time. His final day was Nov. 16. “I stayed because it was a nice, stable situation. I always enjoyed the patients, and I’m going to miss them the most,” Batey said. On Nov. 9, the Department of Psychiatry celebrated… Continue Reading

Dr. Dana Raml will join UNMC faculty in August 2019

Dr. Dana Raml has accepted a faculty and clinical position in the UNMC Department of Psychiatry. Raml, who is currently in her fourth year as a Creighton/UNMC resident, will join the faculty in August. The decision to remain in Omaha was an easy one for Dr. Raml, who attended Lincoln East High School and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln before arriving at UNMC in 2011. ”I… Continue Reading

UNMC doctors discuss postpartum depression

Dr. Sharon Hammer, Dr. Marley Doyle, and nurse practitioner Leigh Cook led a discussion on postpartum depression as part of UNMC’s Science Café Series. The panel discussion was held on Nov. 13 at The Showdown in Omaha. Joining the panel was Nebraska Medicine nurse Lisa Blair, who discussed her struggles and treatment of postpartum depression. Dr. Doyle applauded Lisa’s bravery and hopes that more women… Continue Reading

Little Free Library offers books for young patients

Starting in October, when patients arrived on the third floor of Poynter Hall, they noticed something new. Right in the middle of the Child and Adolescent Clinic waiting room sits a Little Free Library. The wood box with a glass front door holds books for young  patients to read, take home, or donate new books. “The goal was to get some children’s books that reflected… Continue Reading

Dr. Hwang presents findings on Oxytocin research

UNMC Department of Psychiatry Research Director Dr. Soonjo Hwang presented his latest research findings on Oct. 10-11 at the Great Plains IDeA-CTR Second Annual Scientific Meeting at the Truhlsen Campus Events Center at UNMC. The research project enrolled 24 adolescents with disruptive mood and behavior disorders. Dr. Hwang says irritability is a significant mental health issue in the pediatric population and occurs in children and… Continue Reading

Spotlight: Liz Wiese

Office Assistant II Department of Psychiatry Liz has worked at UNMC since 2005. Her duties have included clinical reception, billing, administration, and student education. She has served in many key roles on the GME steering committee, including taking minutes, organizing meetings, and award presentations. Liz helped in the creation of the Program Information Form as well as Program Letter of Agreement. Could you start by… Continue Reading

Flores tackles “Color of Medicine”

On Oct. 10, Laura Flores discussed challenges specific to under-represented populations in medical school as part of a presentation titled, “The Color of Medicine.” Flores, a first-year graduate student in the Medical Degree/ Ph.D. Scholars Program, was honored in the Walls Do Talk Challenge sponsored by She Leads Healthcare and Harvard University. She was one of two winners. Flores won the public vote for her… Continue Reading

Psychiatry plans for new Residency Program

The UNMC Department of Psychiatry is building its own residency program, which will blend academic excellence and front-line clinical experience. UNMC Department of Psychiatry Interim Chair, Dr. Howard Liu, said the goal is to design a new residency program, which will begin in July 2020 and serve Nebraska’s needs for decades to come. “The goal is to not design the best residency program in Nebraska,… Continue Reading