Jillian Fickenscher - 2012 Pisacano Scholar

One of UNMC's own has just been awarded a prestigious scholarship by the Pisacano Leadership Foundation. Jillian Fickenscher Jillian Fickenscher, a 4th-year medical student was recognized as one of five students nationally who are noted to be exemplary medical students and who have made a commitment to enter the field of Family Medicine. 

The scholarships, valued up to $28,000 each, are awarded to students attending U.S. medical schools who demonstrate a strong commitment to the specialty of Family Medicine.  In addition, each applicant must show demonstrable leadership skills, superior academic achievement, strong communication skills, identifiable character and integrity, and a noteworthy level of community service.  Since 1993, the PLF has selected 110 outstanding medical students.  Approximately 2100 applicants representing more than 120 medical schools competed for these scholarships.

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More about Jillian

Jillian Fickenscher, a 2012 Pisacano Scholar, is a 4th-year medical student at the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC), where she is also completing her Masters in Public Health in Community-Oriented Primary Care.  She graduated Summa Cum Laude with High Distinction from Hastings College, in Hastings, Nebraska, with a Bachelor of Arts in Biology.  Jillian received numerous awards and scholarships at Hastings, including Hastings College’s highest and most prestigious award, the Hastings College Walter Scott Scholarship, a 4-year scholarship awarded for superior academic achievement and expected contributions to the Hastings College campus.  Jillian was named to the Dean’s list each year and to Who’s Who at Hastings College during her senior year.  During college, Jillian was also employed for three years as a ballet, tap, and pointe teacher and choreographer at a performing arts studio. 

As a medical student, Jillian has received many additional scholarships and awards, including the Service Learning Experience Student Leadership Award, the Nebraska Medical Association/COPIC Insurance Scholarship, and the Nebraska Academy of Family Physicians Foundation’s Student Scholarship and DeRoin Scholarships.  Recently, Jillian was elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society.  She has been a member of the Family Medicine Interest Group since beginning medical school, and for the past three years, has served on UNMC’s College of Medicine Admissions Committee.

Jillian was one of the first student members and President of “Do JuSTIce,” an interprofessional, student-run program that formed in 2009 as a partnership between the Douglas County Jail in Omaha and UNMC.  This program works to address the epidemic rates of sexually transmitted infections in Douglas County, which are some of the highest in the nation, by providing education, testing, and treatment to high-risk individuals in the jail.  She has also been an avid volunteer for other underserved populations both home and abroad, participating in various community service programs, UNMC’s “SHARING” Clinic for the underprivileged, and medical service trips to Guatemala and Nicaragua.

Jillian is now a sub-intern in the Advanced Rural Training Program, as part of the Family Medicine Residency Program at UNMC.  This program is offered to selected senior medical students, allowing entrance to UNMC’s Family Medicine training in their fourth year.  Jillian’s selection to this program highlights her potential as a Family Physician, as it demonstrates her commitment to the specialty and will provide her with the advanced training needed for practice in a rural area.  Jillian is dedicated to both Family Medicine and Public Health and plans to integrate their ideals to provide quality, respectful health care, education, promotion, and advocacy, to her future patients and community.