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UNMC e-modules expanding to national audience

by John Keenan, UNMC public relations | September 18, 2017 In 2015, Tanya Custer and Kim Michael of the College of Allied Health Professions helped a sonography student develop an e-module as part of the first cohort of student e-learning projects through the Academic Affairs E-Learning Program. They came away inspired. Nearly two years later, Michael, the program director of Diagnostic Medical Sonography Education and... Continue Reading

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ACMT Toxicology Visual Pearls: Drug-Induced QT Prolongation

Which over-the-counter medication can be associated with these EKG findings in overdose? Aspirin Guaifenesin Loperamide Pseudoephedrine Senna Loperamide and QT Prolongation Recently, there have been increasing cases of cardiotoxicity associated with high-dose loperamide ingestion.1 This EKG is from a patient who was taking handfuls of loperamide on a daily basis to combat the effects [...]

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PA program launches drive to help homeless veterans

The College of Allied Health Professions’ Physician Assistant Program is asking for donations of basic hygiene items, including toiletries, such as soap, shampoo, toothpaste, toothbrushes and deodorant, and seasonal clothing, such as hats, glove, mittens and scarves. The donations can be dropped off at a bin on the fourth floor of Bennett Hall, or departments can coordinate collections and contact Fran Higgins to pick up... Continue Reading

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Michael honored with fellowship

The Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonography (SDMS) inducted Kimberly Michael, MA, RT(R), RDMS, RVT, FSDMS, as SDMS Fellow. Fellow designation is the highest honor the Society can bestow on a member. An SDMS Fellow exhibits professional qualities and attributes by contributing to the advancement of sonography and supporting the SDMS. Kyle Meyer, PhD, dean of the CAHP said, “The College is extraordinarily proud of Kim’s... Continue Reading

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Hanson and Anderson Berry publish important findings, impact lives of preemies

  PLOS One, a leading peer-reviewed journal, published a study by co-principal investigators Corrine Hanson, PhD, associate professor in our medical nutrition education program and Ann Anderson Berry, MD, associate professor in UNMC’s division of newborn medicine. Their study means premature babies will receive twice the previously recommended dose of vitamin D, now. “This finding will clearly have a major impact on the health of... Continue Reading

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Welcome new faculty: Amanda Stastny

Amanda Stastny, MLS(ASCP)CM, MBCM, recently joined our Medical Laboratory Science (MLS) faculty. She graduated from our MLS program in 2014 and since then has been working in medical microbiology at Nebraska Medicine. “I have strong interests in technology, microscopy, and active learning, so I’m excited to begin working on the microscopy imaging project for the MLS department!” she said. “My significant other, Dan, and I... Continue Reading

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PA faculty and staff volunteered at Open Door Mission

With an eye for service to community, our physician assistant education faculty and staff spent a day volunteering at Open Door Mission last week. They organized and recorded prescription medications of residents and clients, and restocked and organized donated health care materials in the storeroom. PA program director, Michael Huckabee, PhD, said, “It was an amazing day seeing all that Open Door Mission is providing... Continue Reading

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UNMC e-modules expanding to national audience

by John Keenan, UNMC public relations | September 18, 2017 In 2015, Tanya Custer and Kim Michael of the College of Allied Health Professions helped a sonography student develop an e-module as part of the first cohort of student e-learning projects through the Academic Affairs E-Learning Program. They came away inspired. Nearly two years later, Michael, the program director of Diagnostic Medical Sonography Education and... Continue Reading

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Perfusion students, Swan and Glock, present research in CA

Two students in our clinical perfusion education program gave oral and poster presentations on Friday, September 29, 2017 at the 37th Annual Cardiothoracic Research and Education Forum (CREF) at San Diego’s Westin Gaslamp in San Diego, CA. Halle Swan presented on the technical development of a new type of suction apparatus improving safety in open-heart surgery. The paper was, “Improving Hemolysis Levels Associated with Cardiotomy... Continue Reading

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UNMC e-modules expanding to national audience

by John Keenan, UNMC public relations | September 18, 2017 In 2015, Tanya Custer and Kim Michael of the College of Allied Health Professions helped a sonography student develop an e-module as part of the first cohort of student e-learning projects through the Academic Affairs E-Learning Program. They came away inspired. Nearly two years later, Michael, the program director of Diagnostic Medical Sonography Education and... Continue Reading

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Meyer and O’Neil present shared governance at conference

CAHP dean, Kyle Meyer, PhD, and assistant dean for finance and administration, Pat O’Neil, presented at the Central Association of College and University Business Officers (CACUBO) conference last week in Columbus, Ohio. Their presentation, “A Model for Reconciling Competing Demands between Shared and Administrative Governance,” discussed the creation and implementation of our collaborative governance committee structure – intended to engage more faculty and staff in... Continue Reading

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SplintER: A New Series on Orthopedic Injuries and Splinting

The purpose of the SplintER series is to teach the fundamentals and introduce advanced concepts of splinting to the Emergency Medicine (EM) professional. Humans have been splinting their injuries since 1300 B.C.1 Although the fundamentals have not changed, splint selection and application require some thoughtful consideration. A 2017 prospective, observational study in the Journal of [...]

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IDEA Series: Teaching ECGs through a Written Competition

The Problem ECG interpretation is a cornerstone of Emergency Medicine (EM). It requires both rapid identification of life-threatening abnormalities and fastidious attention to detail. This pairing can intimidate some junior learners, and identifying an effective and engaging method for teaching ECGs is important to resident education. We report a teaching method that addresses this problem [...]

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SplintER Series: Splint Principles 101

Why do we splint? Splinting is one of the fundamental procedures of the Emergency Department (ED). How well-versed are we with it? Why do we even splint? By the end of this post, you will know the reason why we splint, when to splint, and just as importantly — when NOT to splint in the ED. [...]

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Wonder Woman Wellsandt

What did you do on your summer vacation? For Liz Wellsandt, PT, DPT, PhD, OCS, assistant professor in our division of physical therapy education, it was an exciting and busy few months! The American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) named Liz an APTA Emerging Leader, she received an APTA New Investigator grant, and she just had a baby (her third) on July 16, 2017. The Emerging... Continue Reading

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UNMC e-modules expanding to national audience

by John Keenan, UNMC public relations | September 18, 2017 In 2015, Tanya Custer and Kim Michael of the College of Allied Health Professions helped a sonography student develop an e-module as part of the first cohort of student e-learning projects through the Academic Affairs E-Learning Program. They came away inspired. Nearly two years later, Michael, the program director of Diagnostic Medical Sonography Education and... Continue Reading

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Sonography students represent four sites

This year, for the first time, the diagnostic medical sonography program has one student from each of the four UNMC radiography sites. Tori Bailey did her radiography courses in Columbus, Mayra Barbosa in Grand Island, Sarah Turner in Omaha, and Emily Buck in Kearney. Tori, Mayra, and Sarah are now at the Omaha campus, and Emily is at the Kearney campus for their sonography programs.

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26 Best Wellness Apps for Emergency Physicians | A Wellness Think Tank Initiative

If you have spent any time working in an emergency department in the last 10 years, you have undoubtedly come across a conversation about wellness and burnout in medicine. Despite increasing awareness, the data is bleak: Emergency Medicine (EM) physicians experience burnout more than any other specialty.1 As we consider that EM was the second [...]

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Update on the ED Management of Intracranial Hemorrhage: Not All Head Bleeds Are the Same

Robust and comprehensive studies now support specific management guidelines for patients presenting with different intracranial hemorrhages (ICH). From the Emergency Department perspective, the primary dilemmas involve specific blood pressure goals and whether seizure prophylaxis with phenytoin is necessary. The Brain Trauma Foundation provides an excellent summary of the current guidelines.1 Summary Table on the Management [...]

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IDEA Series: Video Review as an Experiential Model for Difficult Airway Education

The Problem Difficult airways, including those that are edematous, burned, soiled, or traumatic, pose one of the greatest procedural challenges for emergency physicians. Furthermore, unanticipated difficult airways represent 5-15% of intubations in the ED. Emergency medicine residents gain experience with difficult airways largely through hands-on practice while caring for critically ill patients. The relatively low [...]

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Using Eye Anatomy to Recall Key Diagnoses: The Rule of 2’s

Our latest ALiEM Card introduces the “Rule of 2’s,” a simple method that uses eye anatomy to help you recall some of the major ocular diagnoses! It builds a framework for your physical exam and will help you include or eliminate some of the more common ocular conditions. The Rule of 2’s is easy to remember: [...]

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Extensor Tendon Lacerations to the Foot

A young man is brought into an emergency department after an electric lawn edger cut through his work boot and into the dorsum of his right foot. He has a clearly contaminated 5 cm x 1 cm laceration on the lateral side, and an underlying tendon is exposed. Sensation is diminished around the wound and [...]

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Growth brings new roles in the CAHP

The College of Allied Health Professions (CAHP) has seen tremendous progress and change over the past few years, and that growth has brought some role transitions. Most recently, Pat O’Neil has transitioned from director to assistant dean for finance and administration, a position reflective of the increased scope and depth of her responsibilities since we became a college. Pat holds a BS in Finance from... Continue Reading

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Welcome new faculty: Kellie Gossman

Kellie Gossman PT, DPT, CLT, recently joined the Physical Therapy Education faculty as an Assistant Professor, with primary assignment at the Kearney campus. Originally from Kansas, Kellie earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Medicine and her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from the University of Nebraska Medical Center in 2012. She began her practice with pediatrics in Lincoln before moving to rural northeast Nebraska.... Continue Reading

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Announcing a Crowdsourced Wellness Initiatives Database for EM Residency Programs

“The part can never be well unless the whole is well.” – Plato The rigors of post-graduate training can strain even the most stoic of residents – the next task, the next project, the next shift. These reduce our resiliency to stressful situations. The likelihood is that your program has worked very hard to develop new [...]

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ALiEM Awards 2017: A Call for Nominations

We are proud to announce the return of the Annual ALiEM Awards! Started in 2016, this was the first in its kind to officially recognize the hard work and creative energy that is required in the generation of social media educational content. We are excited to bring it back to shine the spotlight on another year’s [...]

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MLS student’s licensure opinion article published

Kathleen Cheney, one of our Medical Laboratory Science (MLS) Degree Advancement Option (DAO) students, recently published a short article in the Colorado Clinical Laboratorian ASCLS quarterly publication. The article, “To Licensure or Not to Licensure,” is an opinion paper about personnel licensure for laboratory professionals. “This was a follow-up to an assignment,” said assistant professor and MLS education coordinator, Sandy Latshaw. “Students must investigate the... Continue Reading

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Announcing the new ALiEM Cards website

The PV Cards are getting a new name and their own website! Beginning today you can find the complete point-of-care reference library on its own standalone, mobile-enabled website: ALiEM Cards at www.aliemcards.com. The PV Cards have been in various formats whether they be apps and websites. Hopefully building a single repository, accessible on any device, will make the PV [...]

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Team-Focused CPR: Bringing Prehospital Success to the ED

High-quality chest compressions and early defibrillation are the cornerstones of effective cardiac arrest care.1 When implemented correctly these two interventions enhance patient outcomes and improve overall survival.2 However, despite simplified advanced cardiac life support (ACLS) algorithms and extensive training of providers, cardiac arrest scenarios in the emergency department (ED) are still high-stress and mortality rates [...]

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Building a Cohesive Residency Program: Top 10 Strategies to Engage Residents

Welcome to the beginning of the most exciting and terrifying time in your residency — the start to a new year! To help start the year off right a group of chief residents from across the country, through the ALiEM Chief Resident Incubator, have gotten together and compiled a list of ways for chief residents [...]

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