University of Nebraska Medical Center

2023 Innovation Awards

Each year, iEXCEL recognizes and celebrates faculty and health care professions who created and implemented new ideas for teaching, research and scholarship using simulation technologies and the unique capabilities of the Davis Global Center.

Congratulations to the 2023 iEXCEL Innovation Award Winners!

 iEXCEL Innovation Awards 2023


Academic Award

Winner: Cory Rohlfsen, MD, assistant professor, UNMC College of Medicine

Development of HEAL OSTE, an innovative training preparing students on the teaching track through human simulation activities involving peer evaluation and self-reflection.


Honorable Mention: Jesse Umbra, MHPTT, RDCS, RVT, College of Allied Health Professions

Supported simulations on ultrasound-guided IVs, VR ultrasound trainers and other high-fidelity training.


Clinical Award

Winner: Emily Delaughter, BSN, RN, CNOR, Erica Dowling, BSN, RN, Lisa Drew, BSN, RN, Amanda Ellis, BSN, RN, Amanda Jensen, BSN, RN, Jacquelyn Kellar, BSN, RN, CNOR, and Kari Nosal, BSN, RN, Nebraska Medicine

Implementation of procedural nursing simulations through the creation of innovative iWall modules.           

 Innovation Awards Clinical

Honorable Mention: Dr. Jon Thompson, MD, Department of Surgery, College of Medicine

Strategic planning and implementation of an innovative vascular surgery curriculum while also applying for grants to secure funding, growth and sustainability for this valuable teaching module.

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Collaborative Interprofessional Education Award

Winner: Nicole Carritt, MPH and Kelli Jones Schneegass, MS, UNMC Office of Rural Health Initiatives

Creation of an interprofessional activity involving UNMC rural pathways students, who connected from several UNMC campuses simultaneously using iWall technologies.

 Innovation Awards IPE

Honorable Mention: Nikki Sleddens, PT, MPT, CEEAA and Tessa Wells, PT, DPT, CEEAA, GCS, Department of Health & Rehabilitation Sciences, College of Allied Health Professions

Implementation of PT/OT EASE training involving Nebraska Medicine nurses and innovative human simulation that prepares learners for hospital rotations.

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Impact Award

Winner: Sean Figy, MD, assistant professor, UNMC College of Medicine

Development and implementation of interdisciplinary surgical simulations involving ENT and urology for complex cases.

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Honorable Mention: Kaitlin Dougherty, MD, Department of Emergency Medicine, College of Medicine

Development and implementation of novel scenarios for the Residency Prep Course, as well as coordination and delivery of monthly simulations for Emergency Medicine.

Nebraska Medicine Award

Winner: KP Gesch, BSN, RN, Nebraska Medicine Women and Infant Service

Advancement of simulation within the Davis Global Center, including Nebraska Medicine nurse orientation, UNMC High School Alliance and UNMC College of Nursing interprofessional obstetrics simulations.

Honorable Mention: Chandrakanth Are, MD, MBBS, MBA, FRCS, FACS, Jordan Peiper, MPH, MHA, and David Cloyed, MD, RN-BC, Nebraska Medicine

Development of an inter-departmental project involving Nebraska Medicine, GME, and the Instructional Design teams that significantly increased both the quantity and quality of telehealth training.

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Teaching Technologies Award

Winner: Lisa Fuchs, EdD, MHA, RRT, CTTS, CHWC, FAARC, associate professor, UNMC College of Allied Health Professions

Ongoing collaboration with iEXCEL to produce 3D interactive visualization modules that leverage multiple visualization technologies to establish a Master’s in Respiratory Care program at UNMC.

 Innovation Awards Fuchs

Honorable Mention: Kari Nelson, PhD, Department of Surgery, College of Medicine, Beth Morris, BA, and Sallie Weathers, BS, Neurological Sciences, College of Medicine

Innovative utilization of interactive touch walls throughout the Davis Global Center for student poster sessions, enhancing the presentation quality, interactivity and impact of the research presented through the incorporation of experiential teaching technologies.

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Student Award

Winner: UNMC Student Interprofessional Society, UNMC Interprofessional Education and UNMC Academic Affairs

Development of training modules highlighting bias in health care through realistic and engaging simulation scenario videos.

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