Author: Derek Sullivan

Spotlight: Zoe Feilner, MPAS, PA-C

Physician Assistant, Adult Zoe was born and raised in Omaha. Before joining the Department of Psychiatry, she worked as an Undergraduate Research Assistant at UNO Biomechanics Lab for studies on Autism Spectrum Disorder.  She earned a B.S. in Psychology and an M.S. in PAS from College of Saint Mary. She also worked five years as […]

May 2, 2022

Bull honored with Silver ‘U’

Jennifer Bull was honored with the Silver ‘U’ award for her work as the communication coordinator for the Behavioral Health Education Center of Nebraska (BHECN). BHECN Director Marley Doyle, MD, nominated Bull and said she played a huge role in BHECN’s success in 2021-22. “Jennifer is an integral part of BHECN,” Dr. Doyle said. “This year, she […]

May 2, 2022

Gliko honored by the University of Iowa

Dominic Gliko, RN, was awarded the Dean’s Achievement Award from the University of Iowa, where he graduated in 2021. Gliko received the award for his work in diversity, equity and inclusion. He was nominated for making significant contributions to promote healthcare equity for the LGBTQIA+ communities and for the mental health interventions he helped develop […]

May 2, 2022

New residents are ready to get started

On March 18, five first-year residents matched with the UNMC Department of Psychiatry. The new interns bring the number of psychiatry residents to 15. The new residents will arrive in June and start rotations in July. George Blankenau, MD; Jacob Givens, MD; and Harrison Greene, MD, matched after graduating from the UNMC College of Medicine. […]

May 2, 2022

Mark Aksamit, MPAS, PA-C, was named NAPA Physician Assistant of the Year

Mark Aksamit, MPAS, PA-C, was named the Nebraska Academy of Physician Assistants (NAPA) Physician Assistant of the Year. While Aksamit, APP Ambulatory Supervisor for the Department of Psychiatry, admitted he didn’t believe he would win the prestigious award, his colleagues thought he was very deserving. He was nominated by Maggie Emerson, DNP, APRN, PMHNP-BC, who […]

May 2, 2022

Dr. Varun Sharma accepts two new roles

On March 7, 2022, Varun Sharma, MD, was named APP Collaboration Director in the UNMC Department of Psychiatry. This role includes overseeing ongoing professional development for APPs, promoting productive interprofessional relationships, developing efficient workflows, and identifying competencies that tie to levels of supervision and triage.  Dr. Sharma will also co-lead the exploration of, and possible […]

April 5, 2022

SPOTLIGHT: Margaret Elmore, RN, BSN

Margaret “Mags” Elmore was born in Georgia and moved to Nebraska in 2017. She graduated from UNMC with her BSN in May 2020. Mags worked in the medical surgical division at the VA before moving on to work inpatient psychiatry at BTNRH. She joined the UNMC/Nebraska Medicine Department of Psychiatry in November 2021. Mags is […]

April 5, 2022

UNMC Psychiatry welcomes five new residents

On March 18, five first-year residents matched with the UNMC Department of Psychiatry. The new interns bring the number of psychiatry residents to 15. George Blankenau, MD; Jacob Givens, MD; and Harrison Greene, MD, matched after graduating from the UNMC College of Medicine. Casey Reihe, MD, will join the department after graduating from the University […]

April 5, 2022

Dr. Balasanova honored for her work with residents

UNMC Psychiatrist Alëna Balasanova, MD, FAPA, received the 2020‐2021 Irma Bland, MD, Certificate of Excellence in Teaching Residents by the American Psychiatric Association (APA) and its Council on Medical Education and Lifelong Learning. The certificate recognizes Dr. Balasanova’s outstanding and sustaining contributions in educating residents. This award was established in honor of the late Irma […]

April 5, 2022

Residency Program celebrates accreditation, looks forward to Match Day

On February 11, the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) announced that the three-year-old UNMC Department of Psychiatry Residency Program had reached continued accreditation, an important milestone. In 2019, the Department of Psychiatry received provisional accreditation, and, under that status, they matched the initial four interns. For the next match class, the program expanded […]

March 2, 2022