"At least a dozen, if not more," he said. "And in each community I encounter thoughtful, engaged people who seek only the best for their families, their community and each other as it relates to their local economy and health care."
Representing UNMC, UNO
Joining Dr. Gold on the trip were:
- Juliann Sebastian, Ph.D., dean of the UNMC College of Nursing;
- Michael Sitorius, M.D., chairman of family medicine in the UNMC College of Medicine;
- Howard Liu, M.D., director of the Behavioral Health Education Center of Nebraska (BHECN);
- Bob Bartee, vice chancellor of external affairs at UNMC; and
- Erin Owen, executive director of university communications at the University of Nebraska at Omaha.
Cultivating young minds is one of the greatest things a rural community can do, Nebraska State Sen. Matt Williams told the crowd in Gothenburg.
"And UNMC is doing just that through the health professions opportunities they provide our youth," he said in his closing remarks, thanking the leadership delegation from UNMC and UNO.
Sen. Williams along with his wife Susan hosted the community event in Gothenburg, which was highlighted by a public tour of one of the Simulation-in-Motion Nebraska trucks parked outside the Gothenburg Fire Station. Susan Williams is a member of the UNMC Board of Counselors.
|Dr. Gold speaks at a community event in Gothenburg.|
The importance of rural participation in a student's health professions education cannot be overstated, Mike Sitorius, M.D.., chairman of the department of family medicine, told several groups.
"Thank you for what you do in providing our students and yours the clinical learning opportunities they need," Dr. Sitorius said, noting the presence of UNMC alumni, medical students on rural rotation and in one case a resident, present at the hospitals, dental practice and Rotary lunch.
While the visits are always an enjoyable opportunity to reconnect with alumni and meet new friends, Dr. Gold said it also reinforces the mission of UNMC in creating a healthy future for all individuals.
"You hear it in the questions we were asked about the future of health care, new technology, and you hear it in their concerns about having enough providers in their hometown," he said. "It really sets the stage for strengthening our rural strategy."