General Internal Medicine

General Internal Medicine Education

Students in General Internal Medicine participate in an education experience that has been shaped by the late LeeRoy E. Meyer, M.D., a dedicated physician and extraordinary educator at UNMC from 1969 until 2005. Recognized repeatedly by colleagues and students for his teaching excellence, Dr. Meyer won the American Medical Student Association Golden Apple teaching award 26 times. In 1995, Dr. Meyer became one of only a handful to be named to the Golden Apple Hall of Fame, affording him lifetime recognition.

Today, Dr. Meyer's innovative methods and achievements have become standard practice at UNMC and at medical schools throughout the nation. The practices he pioneered include:

  • Small-group, case-based teaching (1970s)
  • Computer-based case management and diagnosis through simulations (1980s)
  • Distance learning using television to establish interactive teaching links, which has led to video-conferencing technology (1970s)
  • Objective Structured Clinical Evaluation (OSCE) utilizing patient-actors to assess clinical skills (1990)

Dr. Meyer's legacy of innovative teaching and critical thinking continues today. In March 2007, Dr. David O'Dell was named the first LeeRoy Meyer Professor of Medicine. A new Internal Medicine education suite has been named in honor of Dr. Meyer.

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