UNMC flagship programs and institutional partnerships:
The Office of Global Engagement (OGE) promotes and facilitates global engagement through the management and evaluation of international partnerships, the mapping of UNMC's global footprint, recognition of faculty, students, and staff in the area of international research and global engagement, and providing a broad spectrum of resources for travel, research, and other globally-focused endeavors.
The OGE’s partnership activities include review and documentation of past international agreements, strengthening of relationships with existing partners, and development of new strategic partnerships. A process for the signing and tracking of international Memorandums of Understanding (MOUs) and Agreements was instituted in April 2019 with the Office of the Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs.
UNMC currently has almost 50 active or pending international agreements for education, research, and business collaborations in 23 countries. In 2020, four new agreements were signed with partners in Brazil, Japan, Rwanda, and South Korea and one agreement was renewed with our partners in Oman.
Please contact the OGE if you would like to learn more about a current agreement.
Universidad Anáhuac Xalapa
UNMC has a partnership with the University Anáhuac Xalapa (UAX) College of Medicine in Mexico to encourage academic and research collaborations. In 2016, one of the first outcomes of this partnership was the creation of a joint course for students at both universities. UNMC’s Dr. Armando De Alba taught the “Foundations of Public Health” course to second-year medical students at UAX and online to UNMC Public Health students. More than 40 students were able to exchange ideas and share both academic and professional experiences during the semester.
The Office of Global Engagement (OGE) organizes a Medical Spanish and Global Health course in Xalapa. While UNMC students are given priority, the application process is open to all medical & health students, residents, and faculty across the U.S. and Canada. This course is offered multiple times a year.
Xalapa became a sister city of Omaha in 2005.
Family Medicine training program
UNMC has collaborated with Xi’an Jiaotong University in the field of Family Medicine since 2008 and Shanghai Tongji University since 2010. The two joint-training centers, Sino-US Training Center for General Practitioners in Xi’an and Shanghai Sino-US Family Medicine Exchange and Training Center, were established in the spring of 2009 and the spring of 2011, respectively. An annual symposium has been held in China since 2009 with thousands of trainees from around China participating.
Furthermore, an annual leadership course has been held at UNMC since 2012, training more than 80 Chinese family medicine leaders every summer. Dr. Jeffrey Harrison is the host of UNMC's U.S.-Sino Family Medicine Leadership Course, in which a group of family medicine practitioners and medical residents from Shanghai, Xi'an, and Beijing, China, come to UNMC to learn advanced U.S. training techniques and models, such as how to use simulation. China has a weak primary care infrastructure, so it has identified expanding and strengthening its family medicine physician pool as a priority for improving health care delivery. The program teaches team-based care, interviewing skills, strategies for dealing with angry patients, and how UNMC faculty gives feedback and evaluates learners.
In October of 2019, the 10th Shanghai Sino-U.S. Family Medicine Forum was held in Shanghai. The forum brought together family medicine and primary care physicians in China with several faculty members from the UNMC Department of Family Medicine and the College of Medicine. Several faculty from McGill University in Montreal also participated.