Book explores generational differences in health care

by Karen Burbach, UNMC public relations | October 18, 2017

Image with caption: Geoff Talmon, M.D., left, and Gary Beck Dallaghan, Ph.D., are co-editors on

Geoff Talmon, M.D., left, and Gary Beck Dallaghan, Ph.D., are co-editors on "Mind the Gap: Generational Differences in Medical Education."

Geoff Talmon, M.D., listened as a colleague shared how he'd gone from winning teaching awards each year to receiving ho-hum evaluations, despite the fact that he had "changed nothing."

Dr. Talmon wondered: What happened? Had students changed? Had the professor's, or the student's, expectations changed?

About the book

Nearly 30 authors, representing different medical disciplines across the country, contributed chapters that address the different stages of health care from preclinical years to rotations, residencies and early years in practice. Centered around vignettes, the conversations will sound familiar to, and provide practical tips for, any health care provider, Dr. Talmon said.

Chapters are "short and to the point," Dr. Beck Dallaghan said, noting they can be read in 15 minutes and provide quick insights that can enhance understanding and positively impact learning and clinical relationships.

Intrigued, he approached his College of Medicine colleague Gary Beck Dallaghan, Ph.D., about co-editing a book.

The result is "Mind the Gap: Generational Differences in Medical Education," which is offered through the Alliance for Clinical Education.

"There's no book out there like this," Dr. Talmon said.

The 160-page book, which discusses the generational differences that play a role in medicine, may be ordered online.

From baby boomers to Generation Z, five generations make up today's health care arena, Dr. Beck Dallaghan said. Understanding differences among each is critical, he said, to creating more cohesive and productive environments. "If you want to have cohesion, you need to know how to navigate the waters with multiple generations."

Understanding that intergenerational differences exist benefits everyone, Dr. Talmon said. "Perspectives may be different," he said. "And, it's helpful to remember that before you ascribe something as a character flaw, consider it may be a generational perspective."

Dr. Beck Dallaghan agrees. "With any type of characterization there are stereotypes involved, but there's a lot that hits the nail on the head. I've learned a lot just from editing the book. It's been extraordinarily helpful to me."

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Heidi J Keeler
October 21, 2017 at 9:31 AM

Incredible work, both of you!

Rick MacDonald
October 19, 2017 at 12:55 PM

I will be ordering and look forward to reading your book! Congrats.

Kim Latacha
October 18, 2017 at 10:30 AM

Congratulations. I am excited to read it!

Donna K. Czarnecki
October 18, 2017 at 9:01 AM

Nice job!!! Congrats!

Sarah McBrien
October 18, 2017 at 8:43 AM

Congrats! I know you both put a ton of time and effort into this project.

Emily McElroy
October 18, 2017 at 7:47 AM

Congratulations!!

Greg Karst
October 18, 2017 at 2:44 AM

Geoff and Gary: Congratulations on your contributions to this book dealing with an intriguing topic of relevance to many of us on the UNMC campus.