President’s Advisory Council experiences UNMC’s ‘vision of excellence’

President's Advisory Council members Dori Bush, at left, and Jane Schuchardt, at right, see a simulation manikin during their tour of iEXCEL and the Davis Global Center.

The University of Nebraska President’s Advisory Council met at UNMC in late October. The event included updates from University of Nebraska System President Ted Carter and UNMC Chancellor Jeffrey P. Gold, MD, as well as a federal research presentation delivered by Ken Bayles, PhD, UNMC vice chancellor of research.

The day concluded with a tour of the cutting-edge technology at iEXCEL in the Dr. Edwin G. & Dorothy Balbach Davis Global Center.

The President’s Advisory Council serves in an advisory capacity to the University of Nebraska president. It meets twice yearly to hear updates about the NU System, share advice with the president and learn how to effectively advocate for the university and its students with the state-level policymakers.

Dr. Gold said it was an honor for UNMC to host the council’s visit.

“The President’s Advisory Council has an important role in the university system, and it was an honor to host their meeting and spotlight some exciting outcomes, initiatives and technologies at UNMC,” he said.

During the interactive tour, council members were able to explore the heart in the Laser CAVE, a first-of-its-kind laser-illuminated, fully immersive space. They also experienced the realistic clinical setting of a labor and delivery room in a simulation lab and learned how this advanced, hands-on training benefits students.

Council member Jane Schuchardt said she was impressed by the advanced, immersive technologies at iEXCEL.

“There’s so much high technology, but then the trainees also learn how to have clinically appropriate interactions with patients that are also caring and considerate,” Schuchardt said.

Travis Miller, also a council member, said he made the seven-hour drive from Hemingford, Nebraska, to learn what’s happening at UNMC and the University of Nebraska System overall.

“It’s clear that there’s a vision of excellence and an intentionality in making all the components work together to help the excellent vision come to fruition,” Miller said. “The level of care for students, future patients and the community is evident.”