University of Nebraska Medical Center

Samantha Simet, PhD

Associate Professor, Department of Genetics, Cell Biology, and Anatomy
Co-Director, Masters in Medical Anatomy Program


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Dr. Simet's primary role in the department is teaching. She instructs courses in gross anatomy and embryology within the medical, allied health, and graduate school curricula, as well as histology for medical and graduate students. Dr. Simet is actively involved in the College of Medicine's Training Physicians of Tomorrow curriculum, participating in every foundational and organ-systems block. She serves as a Block Director for the College of Medicine Respiratory Block, teaches residents and fellows, and contributes to graduate education through training, mentoring, and advising graduate students. Additionally, Dr. Simet is the co-director of the Master of Medical Anatomy Program, Director of SHPEP College of Medicine activities, Director of the HSA Anatomy Program, and oversees several courses.

  • Post-doc, University of Nebraska Medical Center
  • PhD, University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Science

Dr. Simet’s research focus is on the scholarship of learning in graduate education. Her current project involves metacognition, evaluating and teaching students how to learn. In addition, Dr. Simet is interested in creating learning content, such as e-modules or dissection videos, and evaluating student use and outcomes.

Selected Publications
  1. Travis L McCumber (PhD), Keely M Cassidy (PhD), Kimberly S Latacha (PhD), Samantha M Simet (PhD), Matthew J Vilburn (DC), Nathanael D Urban, Carmen M Vogt, Joshua A Urban (MD). Accuracy of Ultrasound–Guided Localization of the Peripatellar Plexus for Knee Pain Management. Journal of Clinical Anesthesia. 2019 Apr.
  2. Samantha M. Simet and Keely M Cassidy. Analysis of a Congenital Hand Dysmorphology. Translational Research in Anatomy. Volume 25. 2021.
  3. Snow E, Gramer D, Joshi S, Simet S, & Vilburn M. Unusual Presentation of a Uterine Leiomyosarcoma with Predominant Metastasis to the Liver: A Case Report with Gross and Histological Validation. International Journal of Anatomical Variations. Vol. 16, Issue 9: 377-380. 2023
Honors & Awards
  • College of Medicine Class of 2025 Golden Apple Award, UNMC, 2023
  • Interprofessional Academy of Educators, UNMC, 2019
  • Student Senate Distinguished Teaching Award, UNMC, 2018