Academic enrichment courses are taught by faculty UNMC, UNO and other local institutions from area colleges, universities, and healthcare facilities. Lectures are supplemented with small-group interactive learning discussions led by UNMC medical students. Dental scholars travel each Friday to the College of Dentistry in Lincoln where they are presented a focused dental curriculum. Medical scholars have an anatomy course and lab experience in the Clinical Skills Center each Friday.

Monday - Thursday, 8:00 am - 12:00 noon

Mathematics. Case Study approach to bio statistics and epidemiology. Topics include: (1) formulation of hypotheses, study design, and interview questions; (2) choosing samples and controls; (3) data collection methodology, interpretation, evaluation, presentation, and translation; (4) recommending interventions; and (5) obstacles to prevention.

Physics. Topics include: kinematics, forces, energy, fluids, pressure, sound, optics: reflection/refraction and mirrors/lenses, and electricity.

Biology. Topics include: genetics, macular degeneration, Huntington’s Disease, cancer stem cells, evolution, medical genetics, complex traits, adolescent depression, breast cancer, and cell cycle regulation and cancer.

Chemistry. Topics include: organic compounds; balancing equations; acid/base chemistry; Lewis Structures; aldehydes and ketones; carboxylic acids and derivatives; amino acids and proteins; enzymes and vitamins; chemical messengers: hormones, neurotransmitters, and drugs; generation of biochemical energy, carbohydrates, carbohydrate metabolism, lipids, lipid metabolism; nucleic acids and protein; synthesis; genomics; protein and amino metabolism; body fluids; functional categories of proteins; diagnostic serum or plasma enzymes.

Monday - Thursday, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Writing Skills. Topics include: Why do writing skills matter? How can we improve?; anatomy of a sentence; pronouns and more; punctuation matters and writer’s miscellany; the personal statement and the MCAT and DAT writing sample.

Learning Skills. Topics include: Developing a learning plan, time management and goal setting; learning styles; reading comprehension, memory strategies and test-taking techniques; and stress management.

Health Disparities/Health Policy. Topics include: Class status and health outcomes; racism and health; social and economic policies; birth outcomes and racism; racism and chronic stress; racial justice and civil engagement; economic mobility and health; social networks and hopefulness; poverty, oppression, disempowerment and "futurelessness"; diabetes rates; self-determination; built space and social environment; neighborhood conditions; globalization; social changes and living standards; policy making and health policy; health care financing; policy analysis and implementation.

Ethics and Humanities. Topics include: Medical ethics, humanities, and professionalism; physician-assisted suicide; literature and medicine; law and medicine; environmental ethical reflections and evaluation.


Friday, 8:00 am - 4:00 pm

Each Friday, dental scholars travel to the College of Dentistry in Lincoln for focused dental curriculum, including anatomy, special topics, and practice in the clinical skills lab. Students also have the opportunity to shadow in the dental clinic. Dental scholars have additional shadowing opportunities in the oral surgery clinic in Omaha.

Medical scholars remain in Omaha on Fridays and participate in either clinical shadowing experiences, work in the clinical skills lab, or participate in panel or topical discussions during the morning session. In the afternoon, 1:00-4:00 pm students have anatomy class.


Financial Planning Seminar


Students participate in a financial planning seminar designed to prepare, inform, and guide students in financial planning for their educational expenses. The seminar presents students with tools useful throughout their higher learning educational experience and beyond.