University of Nebraska Medical Center

Health Educators and Academic Leaders

The Health Educators & Academic Leaders curriculum provides a foundation in best teaching practices, educational scholarship and academic leadership to UNMC's health professionals in training.

HEAL is the first competency-based interprofessional health educator track in the nation. With involvement from many UNMC colleges and departments, HEAL is designed to allow health professional trainees the opportunity to develop essential skills as educators before transitioning into their careers. 

Objectives & Overview

The objectives of UNMC's HEAL track include:
  • To facilitate clinical educator excellence through mentorship, coaching and self-determined learning
  • To foster an interprofessional community of practice among health professionals in training
  • To develop future leaders, scholars and change agents in health professions education

The HEAL curriculum is divided into two tiers to accommodate variability in learner interest, career aspirations, and time. 

  • The Foundations program includes four 1-credit courses comprised of a series of seminar-workshops, faculty mentorship, relevant readings, and contributions toward a teaching portfolio.
  • The Advanced program adds three asynchronous courses from the Masters of Health Professions Teaching and Technology program. Upon completion, participants will have earned the program’s Professional Certificate (12 MS credits). 

Application Information

Apply to the HEAL Track

Applications for the 2024 HEAL cohort are due March 20, 2024. Apply here.

Inquiries about application fee waivers can be emailed to Jill McIntosh-Carnes but must be done before you submit payment through the application link. A limited number of vouchers are available each year to offset this fee.

Contact Information

Program Coordinator: Jill McIntosh-Carnes


Current Health Educators and Academic Leaders

Nabil Al-Kourainy, MD

Infectious Diseases Fellow

Brett Begley, MD

Internal Medicine Resident

Dr. Brett Begley
Teddy Black, MD

Anesthesiology HOIII

Dr. Teddy Black
Conor Dass, MD

Emergency Medicine HOIII

Moe Eliliwi, MD

Pulmonary Fellow

Dr. Moe Eliliwi
Annie Pearson, MD

Emergency Medicine HOII

Elizabeth Reiche, DO

Emergency Medicine HOIII

Instructor, Division of Infectious Diseases


Jonathan Ryder
Shiva Vangimalla, MBBS

Gastroenterology Fellow

Dr. Shiva Vangimalla
Deb Wekesa, MD

Internal Medicine Resident

Dr. Deb Wekesa
Nick Yeutter, MD

Internal Medicine Resident

Dr. Nick Yeutter
Jose Zamora-Sifuentes, DO

Allergy & Immunology Fellow

Dr. Jose Zamora-Sifuentes
Austin Barry, MD

Internal Medicine Resident

Dr. Austin Barry
Madeline Cloonan, MD

General Surgery Resident

Nosakhare Edogun, MD

Internal Medicine Resident

Dr. Nosa Edogun
Alexandra Fiedler, MD

Internal Medicine Resident

Dr. Alexandra Fiedler
Gabriel Garbin, MD

Internal Medicine Resident

Dr. Gabriel Garbin
Evangeline Green, DO

Internal Medicine Resident

Dr. Evangeline Green
Kayla Heidbrink

Pediatrics Critical Care Medicine Fellow

Tyler Larson, MD

Internal Medicine Resident

Dr. Tyler Larson
Jen Legino

Pediatrics Neonatology Fellow

Annie Nyffler, DO

Emergency Medicine Resident

Pranav Renavikar, MBBS

Pathology Resident

RemyGrace Sass, MD

Internal Medicine Resident

Dr. RemyGrace Sass
Rachel Sundman, DO

Family Medicine Resident

Evan Symons, DO

Pediatrics Hospitalist Fellow

Dr. Evan Symons
Jonathan Trinh, MD

Internal Medicine Resident

Dr. Jonathan Trinh
Paul Witt, MD

Pediatrics Resident

Anna Woods, DO

PM & R Resident

Tristen Zimmerman, MD

Emergency Medicine Resident