University of Nebraska Medical Center

2023-2024 Past Program Reference

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Reference 2023-2024 Programming Calendar

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 Fall 2023 Programs


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Carrying Out the ITEACH Values: Supporting Students with Accommodations

Thursday, Aug. 17

Requests for accommodations in health sciences higher education have been on the rise. Often, accommodations are unfamiliar to faculty who have not yet had a student who has had accommodations in their courses. The implementation of accommodations often takes innovation, teamwork, excellence, accountability, courage, and healing. This session will discuss the complexities of accommodation requests in a variety of academic settings including classrooms, labs, and clinical—while also giving you tools to support your students with accommodations and beyond.

Presenters from UNMC Accessibility Services Center:
Jacque Knedler, MS and Lauren Reis, MA

Session co-sponsored by Office of Faculty Development, Offices of Inclusion and Equity, and Division of Student Success.


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Faculty Tech Workshop

Friday, Aug. 18

Academic Technologies are ever evolving. Regardless of your current understanding, we'll meet you where you are to help you and your students thrive. Bring your laptop/phone/devices for hands-on learning and 1:1 support. During this crash course on high-use technologies, you'll receive customized support to:
- Navigate UNMC technology support systems
- Perfect your presentations across different learning environments
- Design and organize accessible course content
- Engage your learners
- Improve overall productivity.

Give your tech skills a tune-up before the new school year begins.

Session co-sponsored & facilitated by UNMC IT Academic Technologies.



New Faculty Morning Mixer

Friday, Aug. 25

Join this morning mixer in the Faculty commons! You'll meet new faculty from across campus, and connect with key contacts for academic support.

Session co-sponsored by Office of Faculty Development, Interprofessional Academy of Educators, UNMC Ombuds Program, IT Academic Technologies, Offices of Inclusion and Equity, Center for Healthy Living, UNMC Strategic Communications, McGoogan Health Sciences Library.



Brains, Bots & Beyond: Exploring AI's Impact on Medical Education
Live Viewing of IAMSE Webinar Series

Thursday, Sept. 7, 14, 21, 28, Oct. 5

Artificial Intelligence is not coming, it is here. Join us in the Faculty Commons conference room as we tune in to a 5-session webinar series exploring the intersection of artificial intelligence and medical education. RSVP for any/all sessions. This is a live webinar series. Recordings of the complete series can be viewed in 2024 on the International Association of Medical Science Educators (IAMSE) website. Learn more about each session, or purchase your own access here.

  • September 7, 11 AM CDT - An Introduction to Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning with Applications in Healthcare presented by Homayoun Valafar
  • September 14, 11 AM CDT - Artificial Intelligence: Preparing for the Next Paradigm Shift in Medical Education presented by Cornelius James & Erkin Otles
  • September 21, 11 AM CDT - Transforming Healthcare Together: Empowering Health Professionals to Address Bias in the Rapidly Evolving AI-Driven Landscape presented by Sophia Bessias & Michael Paul Cary, Jr.
  • September 28, 11 AM CDT - AI Tools for Medical Educators presented by Vincent Capaldi, Dina Kurzweil, & Elizabeth Steinbach
  • October 5, 11 AM CDT - ChatGPT and Other AI Tools for Medicine and Medical Education presented by Bill Hersh



Power Presentations: 3-Part Series

Wednesday, Sept. 13, 20, 27

You will gain valuable presentation tips and real-time coaching and feedback from a team of faculty experts. This course is ideal for anyone looking to design better presentations, manage anxiety or learn engagement tips for more effective delivery. We’ll help you discover your core strengths and develop the key traits of the most memorable public speakers and teachers – whether on the conference stage, in the classroom, or in the virtual environment.


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Strategies for Adopting and Advancing Holistic Admissions Review

Monday, Sept. 18

This workshop will present the role of holistic review in mission-based admissions. Attendees will gain practical strategies for how to identify the core values of their program for the balanced assessment of academic and non-academic attributes. Presenters will share tools for developing standardized prompts and rubrics for use across various assessment techniques, such as virtual and in-person interviews. 

Maggie Winnicki, MPH, Sarah McBrien, PhD, Melissa Thompson, BA, and Kyle Meyer, PhD


 Session Slides

Leveraging Strengths at Work

Thursday, Oct. 5
Online Event, Register for Zoom Link

In this session, we will use the CliftonStrengths assessment as a resource for learning to leverage your strengths at work. The CliftonStrengths assessment measures the intensity of your natural talents – abilities which you use achieve excellence and satisfaction – in 34 distinct Themes. Using Gallup’s “Name it, Claim it, and Aim it” framework, Dr. Ethan Snow, a Gallup-Certified Global Strengths Coach, will lead participants through the foundational components of the 34 CliftonStrengths Themes and facilitate how to leverage your strengths at work. Topics that will be covered include learning about your personalized CliftonStrengths reports and using them to write/talk about your strengths/weaknesses, improve effective decision-making, and invest in more productive teamwork.

Ethan Snow, PhD, Certified Gallup Strengths Coach


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The Words We Say Matter: Empowering Students in the Classroom

Monday, Oct. 2 & Friday, Oct. 6

In these turbulent times, it can be a challenge to navigate classroom dialogue. What can I say? What can’t I say? How do I facilitate meaningful conversation? The facilitators will lead active conversations exploring strategies that support open dialogue in the classroom.
Jeff Knapp, LICSW
Ferial Pearson, EdD
Session co-sponsored by Office of Faculty Development, Offices of Inclusion and Equity.


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Taming Your Email

Monday, Oct. 9

Come away with strategies to gain (and keep!) control of your email inbox!

Amelia Nelson, PhD
Karen Gould, PhD
Mike Kozak, IT Academic Technologies


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Amplifying Truth in Noise: Success Communicating with Media

Wed, Nov. 8

Representatives from the UNMC Office of Strategic Communication will discuss best practices when corresponding with the media, including when to agree to an interview, recognizing the changing media landscape, how to prepare your key talking points, preparation tips for TV or Zoom interviews, social media engagement and other topics.

John Keenan, Karen Burbach, Bill O'Neill, UNMC Strategic Communications


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Promotion & Tenure Essentials

Friday, Nov. 10

It's never too early to start preparing for your advancement. Hear from institutional experts on how to succeed in the promotion and tenure process. We’ll review the need-to-know, good-to-know, and answer your questions about the promotion and tenure process at UNMC. This session is open to all faculty of any rank and is the ideal refresher to make sure you’ve got the basics covered.

Featuring expert guidance from the COM P&T Committee:
Teri Mauch, MD, PhD, Chair
Wally Thoreson, PhD, Vice Chair


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Manage Your Calendar Like A Pro

Monday, Nov. 13

Are you tired of feeling like you're drowning in your Outlook calendar? Do you find yourself double-booking or missing important meetings? Fear not: with this workshop, you'll manage your Outlook calendar like a pro in no time! We'll talk about the secrets and settings in Outlook that will give you more control over your time and productivity in your personal and professional life.

Mike Kozak, IT Academic Technologies


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Communicating Your Value: The STAR Model

Thursday, Dec. 7

A key skill in today's work world is the ability to tell the story of your accomplishments. Using the STAR framework is one way of developing this skill--whether you are in an interview, developing a formal report or presentation, talking with your chair at your annual performance review, in an elevator pitch, or a grant application.

Guest Facilitators:
Sue Pollart, MD, MS, University of Virginia Faculty Affairs & Development
Harriet Hopf, MD, University of Utah Faculty Development & Academic Affairs



Spring 2024 Programming


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"I'm a Fraud!" Coaching Students through Imposter Phenomenon as a Strategy to Increase Diversity

Thursday, Jan. 11

Countering the narrative of imposter syndrome to build upon students' self-worth is relevant today more than ever. A recent study claims that approximately 30% of medical students and residents perceive themselves as imposters. It becomes critical for faculty to promote psychological well-being in the classroom, as it paves the way to support student development and experiences.

Facilitators: Riley Machal, MD, Jeana Benton, MD & Dana Raml, MD
Department of Psychiatry


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Creating Inclusive High-Performing Academic/Healthcare Teams in the Age of Hybrid Work

Monday, Jan. 29

In the new normal of hybrid teamwork, leaders and managers are tasked with the development of methods for improving connection and engagement among employees. This workshop will provide you the tips and tools to improve team cohesion, decision-making effectiveness, and performance.

Facilitator: Mira Brancu, PhD

Session co-sponsored by Office of Faculty Development, Offices of Inclusion and Equity.


Difficult People Made Easy

Monday, Feb. 19

Handling difficult people can be an arduous task, especially when it can impact your personal well-being and team dynamics. This workshop will explore practical solutions that you can utilize in those situations with specific actions and words 1) Set firm and healthy boundaries on what you will and will not accept from aggressive or spiteful people, 2) Only use words that elicit a response instead of a reaction, and 3) Look and sound confident no matter who you are dealing with.

Facilitator: Eleanor Shakiba, Leadership Trainer & Skills Coach



The Art of Thinking on your Feet

4-part series
Monday, Feb. 26, Thursday, Feb. 29
Monday, Mar. 4, Thursday, Mar. 7

Michael Smith, MD, UNMC’s own “Improv Doc” is back by popular demand to facilitate 4 workshops where mistakes are encouraged, and failure is NOT an option… (because you can’t!). In the SAVE advanced communications skills series, we’ll explore Stories, Authenticity, Vulnerability, and Engagement as tools to say “Yes, and…” to yourself in a world that often demands perfection. Using skills from improv theater, we’ll turn our inner voices into an inner coach without adding time to our busy schedules. Combat fatigue and burnout from the demands of life and work. Attend these workshops to bring fun, laughter, and joy to your path and to SAVE yourself from stagnation and plateauing.

Facilitator: Michael Smith, MD


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A Seat at the Table: Strategies to Advance

Wednesday, Feb. 28

This session will help participants 1) Review the current state of women in medical leadership, 2) Identify potential barriers for getting to "the table", and 3) Learn to establish yourself as a valuable member of the table, use your voice, and advocate for others.

Facilitator: Ashley Wysong, MD, MS

Session co-sponsored by Office of Faculty Development, Offices of Inclusion and Equity.


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Mitigating Bias in Narrative Assessment and Recommendation Letters

Wednesday, Mar. 13
Online Event, Register for Zoom Link

Letters of Recommendation are essential components of applications throughout academia. They are also written by and about humans, making them inherently prone to bias. Through this session, faculty members will learn to mitigate bias in letters of recommendation, understand available tools and resources to minimize bias in our letters, and define best practices in writing impactful narrative assessments.

Facilitator: Abby Spencer, MD, MS, Washington University of St. Louis

Session co-sponsored by Office of Faculty Development, Offices of Inclusion and Equity.


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The Women who Built Omaha

Thursday, Mar. 14

Eileen Wirth, professor emeritus of journalism at Creighton University and senior writer for Legacy Preservation in Omaha, recently released a new book. The Women who Built Omaha shares the history of groundbreaking women, especially in health care, who have shaped our city and lives. Eileen's session will inspire you today - and not just women!

Facilitator: Eileen Wirth

Session co-sponsored by Office of Faculty Development, Offices of Inclusion and Equity, McGoogan Health Sciences Library.


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How to Handle Emotional Conversations with Students

Thursday, Apr. 4

"Actually I am not doing so well." Supporting students is an essential component of educational leadership. In this training, you will learn how to use emotionally supportive language to validate and empower your students.

Facilitator: Dr. Teresa Peterson


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Navigating What's Next: Mid- and Late-Career Transitions

Thursday, Apr. 18 (*Note new date!)
In-Person Event, MSC 1005

Academia often talks about early stages of faculty life, but rarely about retirement. This session will feature a panel of UNMC faculty + retirees to discuss the unspoken considerations about navigating this chapter. You should plan for retirement earlier than you might think! Faculty from all career stages are encouraged to attend.



24th & Glory: History Comes Alive

Thursday, June 6
In-person Event, Register for Location Details

Dirk Chatelain, local author and speaker, shares the inspiring story of 5 Black professional athletes and the Omaha neighborhood that lifted them to success.

Facilitator: Dirk Chatelain, author & speaker

Session co-sponsored by Office of Faculty Development, Offices of Inclusion and Equity, Office of Community Engagement, McGoogan Health Sciences Library.



Power of LinkedIn: Establish Yourself as a Thought Leader

Monday, June 10
Online Event, Register for Zoom Link

Social media provides a great opportunity to demonstrate the impact you make and connect with other medical professionals. This session will provide you a holistic view on how to have a better presence on LinkedIn by making the most out of your profile.

Facilitator: Yuki Weinberg