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Pediatric Physical Examination: Tips & Techniques

In pediatrics, the history and physical examination is paramount. But even the most seasoned professional can have a challenge when facing a wiley 2-year-old. What strategies can you use to get in, get out, get the information you need, and maybe even make a (very small) friend in the meantime? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IIDd47KJRKw Physical Examination Tips & [...]

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SAEM Clinical Image Series: Facial Burn

A 50-year-old female with a history of bipolar disorder, ADHD, anxiety, depression, and alcoholism presented to the ED after her family found her at home agitated, restless, and with a “large black burn” on her face. Her husband reported that she had been “picking” at this area of her face earlier in the day; [...]

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SAEM Clinical Image Series: Chest Wall Mass

A 71 year-old patient with a past medical history of hypertension, percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty 7 years ago, and robotic coronary artery bypass grafting of the left internal mammary artery to the left anterior descending artery 9 years ago presents with worsening dyspnea on exertion. He had a biopsy of the upper lobe of [...]

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SAEM Clinical Image Series: Mysterious Blood Sample

34-year-old female with a history of hypertension, diabetes mellitus, and pancreatitis presents for epigastric and left upper quadrant abdominal pain. Her symptoms started yesterday evening and have been worsening since onset. She reports chronic epigastric pain that waxes and wanes for several years since her first episode of pancreatitis in 2014. Yesterday she had [...]

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APPLY NOW: 2020 Essentials of Emergency Medicine Education Fellowship Program

The 2020 Essentials of Emergency Medicine (EEM) conference is in May 2020, but opportunities start NOW. This conference is one of the largest live EM educational conferences in the world with over 2,000 attendees. The conference organizers, led by Dr. Paul Jhun, are again offering an amazing opportunity for EM residents anywhere in the world [...]

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Measles 2019 Updates: The Comeback Kid

The child with a fever and rash in your Emergency Department (ED) may actually have measles. This year, there have been 1,182 cases of measles in the U.S., and counting. This is the highest rate in the past 27 years [1]. Globally, measles kills over a hundred thousand children [2]. In the U.S., one child [...]

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Grammer named director of physician assistant education

by Kalani Simpson, UNMC public relations | November 01, 2019 The UNMC College of Allied Health Professions has hired Shaun Grammer as director of the Division of Physician Assistant Education, effective today, Nov. 1. Grammer has served as associate professor in physician assistant education since July 2018. He came to UNMC from the College of Saint Mary (CSM), where he worked from 2013-18 and was... Continue Reading

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PA student qualifies for U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials

Is professional school anything like running a marathon? Tessa Stoltenburg knows for sure. Tessa’s a first-year student in the UNMC Physician Assistant program and recently qualified for the Olympic marathon trials. Hailing from Watertown, South Dakota, she received her undergraduate degrees in Exercise Science and Human Biology from South Dakota State University. While applying for physician assistant programs, Tessa also applied to race the Chicago... Continue Reading

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First UNMC genetic counseling class shares about first week

by Emily Toering | First-Year Student, Genetic Counseling In 1969, the first genetic counseling program was started at Sarah Lawrence College in New York. The director described the first class of ten students as “a most unusual bunch” because they were motivated, driven to serve, and highly intelligent. Now, 50 years later, UNMC has welcomed their own similarly unusual bunch of genetic counseling students with... Continue Reading

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SAEM Clinical Image Series: Eye Trauma and Vision Loss

[Click for larger view] Chief complaint: “Doc, I can’t see” History of Present Illness: The patient is a 44-year-old male with a past history of end stage renal disease on hemodialysis, diabetes, and hypertension who presents with acute visual disturbance after assault 2 hours prior. He was struck in the eye by his partner’s [...]

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SplintER Series: A Toddler’s Missed Step

A mother and father bring their 2-year-old boy to the Emergency Department after the child tripped over the family dog while running across the living room after a ball. He will not walk and points at his right lower leg and says it hurts (photo credit). This is a radiographically [...]

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SAEM Clinical Image Series: Double Vision

Image 1 Click for larger view Chief complaint: Double vision History of Present Illness: 61 year old female with history of HTN, DM, hyperlipidemia, and chronic low back pain presenting with double vision. She received an epidural spinal injection yesterday for the 4th time for low back pain. She was sedated for [...]

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SAEM Clinical Image Series: Bumps and Balls

[Click for larger view] Chief complaint: Painful bumps and balls on left upper leg History of Present Illness: A 31 year old African-American male, with a history of HIV, non-compliant with medications, presents with 3 months of painful “balls and bumps” on his left thigh. He was evaluated at another hospital prior to this [...]

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Trick of the Trade: Save the Ultrasound Probe Cable

You need to perform an ultrasound on your patient. You walk up to the ultrasound and upon grabbing the machine, you notice it’s stuck! You look down and realize the ultrasound probe cable (particularly the linear probe) is impeding the wheel from rolling. You push the machine back, pick the cable up off the floor [...]

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Pediatric Physical Examination: Tips & Techniques

In pediatrics, the history and physical examination is paramount. But even the most seasoned professional can have a challenge when facing a wiley 2-year-old. What strategies can you use to get in, get out, get the information you need, and maybe even make a (very small) friend in the meantime? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IIDd47KJRKw Physical Examination Tips & [...]

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PT students answered common questions from other practitioners

When should I refer my patient for physical therapy? What specialties and settings do physical therapists work in? What type of patients do physical therapists treat? What are the focus and goals of physical therapy treatments? Physical therapy students from Students of the University of Nebraska − American Physical Therapy Association (SUN-APTA) answered these questions and more when they presented, “How does Physical Therapy Fit... Continue Reading

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Diagnosing with the Cyto Stars: UNMC Cytotechnology faculty at annual meeting

Amber Donnelly, PhD, MPH, SCT(ASCP), will be the moderator for one of the biggest and most entertaining sessions at the American Society of Cytopathology annual meeting in Salt Lake City, UT – the Diagnostic Cytology Seminar, November 14-17, 2019. This year’s ASC Diagnostic Cytology Seminar (DCS) will have the theme “Diagnosing with the Cyto Stars.” “Although it may not have the glitz and glamour of... Continue Reading

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First UNMC genetic counseling class shares about first week

by Emily Toering | First-Year Student, Genetic Counseling In 1969, the first genetic counseling program was started at Sarah Lawrence College in New York. The director described the first class of ten students as “a most unusual bunch” because they were motivated, driven to serve, and highly intelligent. Now, 50 years later, UNMC has welcomed their own similarly unusual bunch of genetic counseling students with... Continue Reading

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SAEM Clinical Image Series: Left Shoulder Pain

[Click for larger view] Chief complaint: Arm pain History of Present Illness: A 30-year-old obese male presents to the ED after a ground level fall onto his left arm with immediate isolated left shoulder pain. He did not lose consciousness and denies dyspnea, numbness, weakness, vomiting, and chest pain. [...]

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Procedural Sedation Guide

Mastering procedural sedation can make your shifts safer, more efficient, and more comfortable for your patients. But what defines a sedation? What and who do I need? Does my patient need to be fasting? How should I choose and dose my medications? Below is a brief guide to help you be more confident in your [...]

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Trick of the Trade: Save the Ultrasound Probe Cable

You need to perform an ultrasound on your patient. You walk up to the ultrasound and upon grabbing the machine, you notice it’s stuck! You look down and realize the ultrasound probe cable (particularly the linear probe) is impeding the wheel from rolling. You push the machine back, pick the cable up off the floor [...]

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ACMT Toxicology Visual Pearls: Getting Caught Yellow-handed

Which bodybuilding supplement is associated with hyperthermia and this clinical image? 2,4-dinitrophenol (DNP) Beta-carotene Caffeine Creatine Dimethyl amylamine (DMAA) Answer: 1 2,4-dinitrophenol (DNP) What is DNP? 2,4-Dinitrophenol (DNP) is a yellow organic compound which, when ingested, causes mitochondrial uncoupling, loss of adenosine triphosphate (ATP) production, unregulated hyperthermia, and possibly death [1, 2, 3]. DNP is [...]

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SAEM Clinical Image Series: Seeing Stars

[Click for larger view] Chief complaint: Left eye pain, redness, and foreign body sensation History of Present Illness: 39 year old man presents after metal grinding without protective eyewear three days prior. He had felt something strike his left eye. He developed “burning” pain, tearing, and redness. Pain worsens with extraocular movements. He notes that [...]

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Beyond the Abstract | Resident Motivations and Experiences in Listening to Educational Podcasts

Podcasts are all the rage these days, and it is not surprising that some residents spend more time with podcasts than any other educational resource.​1–3​ But why? And how do podcasts fit with other forms of learning, like lectures, textbooks, and clinical teaching? In our recent article published in Academic Medicine, we explored these questions. [...]

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SAEM Clinical Image Series: A Page Turner

[Click for larger view] Chief complaint: Abdominal pain History of Present Illness: A 36-year-old male with a history of alcohol abuse, hypertension, hyperlipidemia, and myocardial infarction with a subsequent stent on ticagrelor and aspirin presents with abdominal pain. He reports 3 days of epigastric and periumbilical pain and multiple episodes of non-bloody, non-bilious [...]

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First UNMC genetic counseling class shares about first week

by Emily Toering | First-Year Student, Genetic Counseling In 1969, the first genetic counseling program was started at Sarah Lawrence College in New York. The director described the first class of ten students as “a most unusual bunch” because they were motivated, driven to serve, and highly intelligent. Now, 50 years later, UNMC has welcomed their own similarly unusual bunch of genetic counseling students with... Continue Reading

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SplintER Series: A Case of Knee Pain

A 45-year-old male presents with right knee pain after he pivoted and felt a “pop” while making a move playing pickup basketball. You obtain knee x-rays and see a lateral irregularity in the AP view (photo courtesy of Dr. Gerry Gardner at Radiopaedia.org). What is the most likely diagnosis, commonly associated injury, and appropriate [...]

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Welcome new faculty: Betsy Knobbe

Betsy Knobbe, BS, RT(R), recently joined the Medical Imaging and Therapeutic Sciences Department as clinical education coordinator for radiography and computed tomography. Here’s more about Betsy in her own words: “I am originally from Snyder, NE. I always knew I wanted to pursue a career in health care. After completing a work study program in high school, I quickly realized that radiography was the profession... Continue Reading

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Walking the Talk – at Kearney HSEC

The UNMC-Kearney Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) Class of 2020 live the values of their chosen field by “walking the talk,’’ according to professor Pat Hageman, PT, PhD, FAPTA. Dr. Hageman recently taught from HSEC-Kearney with transmission to UNMC-Omaha. During a scheduled break between her lectures, students invited Pat to power-walk with the class on their outdoor trail for 4 minutes of the 10-minute, between-lecture... Continue Reading

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Welcome new PT faculty: Mike Wellsandt

Assistant professor Mike Wellsandt, PT, DPT, OCS, recently joined our Division of Physical Therapy Education faculty. Here’s more about Mike in his own words: I grew up in Diller, NE, and am a 2009 graduate of UNMC’s Doctor of Physical Therapy program. After working as a contract physical therapist throughout the western United States, I completed an orthopedic residency program at the University of Delaware... Continue Reading

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