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Little Patients, Big Medicine Podcast: Lactate in Pediatric Sepsis

The first recording from Little Patients, Big Medicine: the Pediatric Emergency Medicine (PEM) Podcast. This is an exciting interview with Dr. Halden Scott, a PEM physician at Children’s Hospital Colorado, about the use of lactate measurement in pediatric sepsis. Dr. Scott is one of the premier pediatric sepsis researchers, with a specific focus on the [...]

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Trick of the Trade: Using Linear Transducers for Point of Care Ultrasound in Intrauterine Pregnancy Evaluation

The volume of women presenting to the emergency department (ED) with newly diagnosed first-trimester pregnancies and suspected ectopic pregnancies sometimes seems like an infinitely growing number. As ED physicians, proper identification of an intrauterine pregnancy (IUP) in these patients is of paramount importance and the initial imaging test of choice for many has become bedside point-of-care ultrasound [...]

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IDEA Series: Use of Online Interactive Platform to Incorporate Board Review into Conference

The Problem Every year, emergency medicine (EM) residents take the In-Training Exam (ITE) to test their medical knowledge and predict the likelihood of passing their official written board examination upon completion of residency training. The Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) requires all EM residencies to include weekly didactics in order to build the knowledge [...]

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Donner and Mathews, co-PIs on antibiotic resistance grant

Wayne Mathews, MS, PA-C, DFAAPA, associate professor and associate director of physician assistant education, and Linsey Donner, MPH, CPH, MLS(ASCP)CM, assistant professor in medical laboratory science, received funding for a University of Nebraska Collaboration Initiative Seed Grant. The grant, “One Health: A systems approach linking human and livestock antibiotic resistance at the watershed scale,” looks at the relationship of human and agricultural antibiotic resistance. Congratulations,... Continue Reading

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Dr. Siu funded for 3D printing research grant

Ka-Chun (Joseph) Siu, PhD, Associate Professor in physical therapy education and director of the Chinese MS-DPT Program, was awarded a collaboration seed grant (among UNMC, UNO, UNL and UNK). Dr. Siu is Co-PI with Dr. Zuniga (PI) at UNO. This project is to develop and test low-cost 3D printed prostheses to restore and improve function of children with congenital or traumatic below elbow amputations. Congratulations, Dr.... Continue Reading

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Two new grants for Dr. Corri Hanson

The Center for Patient, Family, and Community Engagement in Chronic Care Management (CENTRIC) at UNMC funded a proposal, “Fiber Intake and the Microbiome in Asthma: the BREATHE Easy Trial,” from Corri Hanson, PhD, associate professor in medical nutrition education. Her team will analyze the microbiome, short-chain fatty acid production, inflammatory biomarkers and pro-resolving mediators in the BREATHE-Easy trial. Dr. Hanson also received a grant from... Continue Reading

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Kilstrom runs half-marathon – Dam to Dam

Last Saturday, Jon Kilstrom, MPAS, PA-C, assistant professor in physician assistant education, finished the 38th annual Dam to Dam half marathon. His sister, Erica White, ran it with him. The 13.1 mile race goes from the Saylorville Dam to downtown Des Moines, IA. If you’re counting, that’s roughly 27,700 steps, and this year’s race was the 7th warmest on record. Wow! Congratulations, Jon and Erica!

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Ultrasound For The Win! – 20F with First Trimester Vaginal Bleeding #US4TW

Welcome to another ultrasound-based case, part of the “Ultrasound For The Win!” (#US4TW) Case Series. In this case series, we focus on a real clinical case where point-of-care ultrasound changed the management of a patient’s care or aided in the diagnosis. In this case, a 20-year-old woman presents with first-trimester vaginal bleeding. Case Presentation A [...]

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10 Tips on How to Succeed Your First Year Out After Residency Graduation

If you are graduating from an EM residency this year, you may be feeling nervous (or petrified) about your first shift out on your own. You’re wondering how you can gain the trust of the nurses and doctors at your new hospital. Perhaps you are wondering how you will keep learning without the residency leadership [...]

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Our “User’s Guide to the EM Match Advice Web Series” is published in WestJEM

It’s that time of year again… when the sun is shining, the flowers are in bloom… and new senior medical students are preparing for next year’s Match. Emergency Medicine (EM) remains a very popular specialty choice. EM enjoys a 99% annual fill rate in the National Residency Matching Program (NRMP) Main Residency Match, with approximately 80% of [...]

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Beyond the Abstract | Shared Decision-Making in the ED: 3 Factors That Matter

Shared decision-making seems to be more popular than Snapchat these days. Everyone in emergency medicine is talking about it… but who is actually doing it properly? In our recent concepts piece published in Annals of Emergency Medicine, we describe 3 key factors that must be present for shared decision-making (SDM) to be appropriate in the emergency [...]

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Traumatic Bleeding in Anticoagulated Patients: 5 Other Sources Beyond the Brain

When a patient is started on anticoagulant therapy, the purpose is to prevent clot formation or propagation. Anticoagulants can improve morbidity and mortality by maintaining cardiac stent patency, reducing the propagation of pulmonary emboli, or preventing formation of intra-cardiac thrombi.1,2 Unfortunately even after minor trauma, these medications can cause major problems. When a patient on clopidogrel [...]

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I am Dr. Daniel Lakoff, Associate Residency Director: How I Promote Wellness in EM

Promoting wellness is a team sport. It takes more than one individual to champion it at any institution. In medicine, when a team is formed to effect change, it is called a committee. Dr. Dan Lakoff was one of the founding leaders of the council of residency wellness committee, and has also helped lead wellness [...]

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Welcome new faculty: Jannelle Reynolds

Jannelle Reynolds, MPAS, PA-C, is a new faculty member in the division of physician assistant (PA) education in Kearney. Here’s more about Jannelle in her own words: “I grew up in Loveland Colorado and obtained my bachelor’s degree in Health and Exercise Science in the neighboring town of Fort Collins at Colorado State University. It was here I found both my passion for medicine and... Continue Reading

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Welcome new MLS faculty: Ashley Eichelberg

Ashley Eichelberg, MLS(ASCP),  recently joined our medical laboratory science program as clinical education coordinator and UA instructor. She graduated in 2012 from UNMC’s clinical laboratory science program after earning a Bachelor of Science degree from NWU, with a major in Biology and minors in Chemistry and Psychology. Ashley started her career in Core Lab at Nebraska Medicine for three years before taking a clinical instructor... Continue Reading

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ACMT Toxicology Visual Pearls: Exotic Viper Envenomation

A man was bitten twice on the dorsal radial aspect of his right hand while feeding his pet West African Bush Viper. The patient immediately tied multiple tourniquets around his right arm before presenting to the emergency department. During examination he is complaining of swelling and severe pain in his right upper extremity, but has [...]

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PEM Pearls: Search & Rescue of Ear Foreign Bodies – Picking the Right Tool

While ear foreign bodies can happen at any age, the majority occur in children less than 7 years of age.1 The younger the patient, the less likely they are cooperative with the exam and, therefore, the less chance of successful foreign body removal. The first attempt at removal is the best, so it is important to make it count. [...]

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2016-17 Faculty Incubator Year End Report: An incredible inaugural year

In 2016, we launched a little experiment in faculty development with an elite group of junior and mid-career faculty members from North and South America. Twelve months later, we are happy to report that we all survived… and thrived! It’s been one heck of a year! Read about what we did in our 2016-17 Faculty Incubator [...]

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Real heroes of medical education

The Omaha World Herald recently ran an editorial, Real heroes of medical education, written by Wayne Mathews, MS, PA-C, DFAAPA, associate program director in physician assistant (PA) education. In it, Mathews described the extraordinary value to students in health professions of simulation patients and anatomical donors. Those heroes generally go unrecognized, but not so last week. Michael Huckabee, PhD, PA-C, director of the PA program,... Continue Reading

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Busy weekend of awards for MITS students and faculty

Submitted by Tanya Custer As in past years, the 86th Annual Nebraska Society of Radiologic Technology Annual Conference in Kearney, NE, was very successful for our Medical Imaging and Therapeutic Sciences (MITS) students and faculty. Photos on Flickr>> Tanya Custer, Christina Gregg, Ellie Miller, Kim Michael, Tammy Webster, Stephanie Vas, Jim Temme, Greg Karst, PhD, Russell Buzalko, PhD, along with all of the senior radiography... Continue Reading

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Welcome new staff: Elizabeth Stout

Liz Stout, MBA, recently joined the CAHP staff in Kearney at the Health Science Education Complex as education program/admissions coordinator. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from Midland Lutheran College (now Midland University) in 2006 and a Master of Business Administration degree from UNK in 2009. Heres’ more about Liz in her own words: “Before joining CAHP, I worked as Assistant Director of... Continue Reading

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2017 Annual CAHP Awards Ceremony and Forum

The annual College of Allied Health Professions Awards Ceremony will take place on Wednesday, May 3, 2017 from 1:05 p.m. to 2:00 p.m in MSC 3002. Dawn Venema, PT, PhD, assistant professor in physical therapy education, and Ben Greenfield, MPS, LP, CCP, adjunct assistant professor in clinical perfusion education, will be honored for Excellence in Teaching. Nominees for this award must have a faculty appointment... Continue Reading

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Celebrating the Past, Embracing the Future – 2017 Alumni Reunion

Register now for the 2017 UNMC College of Allied Health Professions Alumni Reunion, Saturday, June 10, 2017 in Omaha. It’s our sapphire anniversary, as the College (formerly a School) is celebrating 45 years. The reunion theme, Celebrating the Past, Embracing the Future, pays homage to that. Please consider joining your fellow alumni for exciting reunion activities, including: Continuing Education CAHP Program Open Houses Evening reception... Continue Reading

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Honoring Linda J. Flowers

We hope you are planning to participate in the American Heart Association Heart Walk, May 13. Please consider walking and/or donating to the Heart Walk in honor of Linda Flowers. Linda, who retired from UNMC EVS two years ago, worked in Swanson Hall when our CAHP offices were there and moved to Bennett Hall with us after the renovation. Sadly, she recently was taken by... Continue Reading

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ACMT Toxicology Visual Pearls: Suicide plant

The seeds of the Suicide Plant, when ingested, may result in significant toxicity, including the ECG findings shown. Which kind of toxicity does it cause? Anticholinergic poisoning Cardiac glycoside poisoning Cardiac sodium channel blockade Cholinergic poisoning Nicotinic poisoning ECG Findings   The “Suicide Tree” (Cerbera odollam), also known as “pong pong,” is related to [...]

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EM Match Advice Series: Advice for the Non-EM Resident Applying To EM

Match season came to a close last month – and with that, some 17,000 U.S. medical school seniors earned a PGY-1 position. Most will go on to complete these programs and have happy, successful careers in their chosen specialty. But for a small number, second thoughts will creep in during residency. Maybe a life event changes [...]

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The Post-ROSC Checklist

In emergency medicine, we are so heavily trained in resuscitation that any senior resident could recite the ACLS algorithm to you after being woken up at 3 am. However, the real work begins after the pulse return. Up to two-thirds of patients with return of spontaneous circulation (ROSC) will not survive to discharge.1,2 This approach, [...]

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MEdIC Series: The Case of the Lazy Learners – Expert Review and Curated Community Commentary

The Case of the Lazy Learners outlined a scenario of an emergency attending, Chris, who questions the work-ethic, dedication, and professionalism of his residents after an on-shift teaching interaction. This month, the MEdIC team (Tamara McColl, Teresa Chan, Sarah Luckett-Gatopoulos, Eve Purdy, John Eicken, Alkarim Velji, and Brent Thoma), hosted a discussion around this case with insights from the [...]

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Dr. Meyer honored with UNO alumni award

Kyle Meyer, Ph.D., dean of the College of Allied Health Professions, recently was honored with a 2017 University of Nebraska-Omaha College of Public Affairs and Community Service Alumni Award for Excellence in Public Service. The award is presented to alums who have distinguished themselves through contributions to the public good. “I am honored and humbled, knowing the outstanding reputation of the School of Public Administration... Continue Reading

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Karst uses humor to recruit for Heart Walk

Gregory Karst, PT, PhD, our executive associate dean and CAHP Heart Walk team captain showed fun team spirit in order to recruit walkers. Take a minute, have a laugh, and follow him through downtown Omaha in this short promo video! Afterward, you’ll surely want to help the American Heart Association and join the team!

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