New faculty spotlight: Jayme Hoch, DO

October 12, 2021

Image with caption: Jayme Hoch, DO

Jayme Hoch, DO

Jayme Hoch, DO, is a new faculty member at UNMC.

Name: Jayme Hoch, DO

Hometown: Oakland, Iowa

Title and department at UNMC: Assistant professor, UNMC Division of Geriatrics/Palliative Medicine

Professional interests:

  • Advanced communication with patients and their families
  • Medical education
  • Primary palliative care support and education

How I fell in love with medicine and palliative care:

I fell in love with medicine while working as a CNA at an extended care facility in rural Iowa. Having the opportunity to build trust and strong relationships with my patients and their families was one of the key motivations for my career in medicine. During this time, I also had the privilege of being involved in several meaningful end of life experiences, which initially sparked my interest in geriatrics as well as hospice and palliative care.  These initial experiences continue to motivate me when I reflect on my "why" in medicine.


  • BS, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa
  • DO, Des Moines University, Des Moines, Iowa
  • Residency, family medicine, Mayo Clinic, Eau Claire, Wisconsin
  • Fellowship, hospice and palliative medicine, University of Minnesota


  • American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine
  • American Academy of Family Physicians

Three things people may not know about me:

  • I have run 10-plus half marathons (and one full marathon) with my favorite running partner, my mom!
  • I grew up on a farm in rural Iowa and showed cattle and dogs in 4-H and FFA.
  • A career goal/dream is to train a therapy dog to provide support during palliative care visits in the hospital.

Tacy Slater
October 12, 2021 at 2:32 PM

Welcome, Dr. Hoch! I would also enjoy training a therapy dog to support/assist others. I hope to have the opportunity to meet and possibly work with you. Best, Tacy Slater, MSW, MPA, Nebraska Medicine Specialty Care Center

Rae Witt
October 12, 2021 at 12:27 PM

Welcome, Dr. Hoch! It was so nice to meet you today in the cafeteria. Excited to work with you in the future!

Karina Bishop
October 12, 2021 at 8:01 AM

Welcome Jayme! I could see an older golden retriever doing palliative rounds!

Jackie Nelson
October 12, 2021 at 7:01 AM

Welcome, Dr Hoch! From a fellow Riverside Alumni. :) -Jackie "Shellberg" Nelson