College of Medicine

Volume 11, Number 2

August  2002

Educational Support Office Newsletter


First Year Orientation

The Class of 2006 will begin classes this August.  A three-day medical school orientation (August 19th – 21st) will precede the start of classes.  At Orientation, students will participate in a Problem-Based Learning session.

Any faculty member who is interested in participating in First Year Orientation should contact the Educational Support Office at 559-8682.  

Entering students will also participate in the White Coat Ceremony.  This year, it will be held on Friday, August 23rd at the Strauss Performing Arts Center on the UNO campus.  Students= families will have an opportunity to take a tour of the medical center on the day of the White Coat Ceremony. At the Ceremony, Dean Armitage will present a talk on Professionalism, and Bob Wigton, M.D. will present The History of the College of Medicine.  The students will take a professionalism oath before receiving their first “white coats”.  Following the Ceremony, a reception for the incoming students and their families will be held.

Class of 2006

One hundred twenty new students will matriculate (39% female, 61% male).  The average overall GPA of the class is 3.71 with a science GPA of 3.64  Their MCAT scores averaged verbal reasoning - 9.45, physical sciences - 9.49, and biological sciences - 9.79.

Nebraska schools represented:

!UNL - 26

!Creighton - 17

!Nebr. Wesleyan Univ. - 9

!UNO - 8

!UNK - 4

!Chadron - 4

!Hastings - 3

!Wayne - 3

!UNMC - 3

!Doane – 2

!Concordia - 1

!Dana - 1

!Midland - 1


Forty-one of the students attended undergraduate school at institutions outside the State of Nebraska.  States and institutions represented  include:

!AR – Arkansas State

!AZ – Arizona State

!CA – Azusa Pacific

!CO – Colorado State (2)

!D.C. - Georgetown

!IA – Cornell, Iowa State, Loras, Northwestern (2), U of IA (3), Northern Iowa, Wartburg

!IL – Loyola, Northwestern

!IN – Notre Dame

!KS – Kansas State, Kansas (2)

!MA – Massachusetts Inst. of Tech.

!MN – University of Minnesota, St. Thomas

!MO - Evangel College (3), St Louis University, Washington University

!NC – Duke

!NJ - Princeton

!PA – Grove City College

!SD – Univ. of South Dakota

!TN - Vanderbilt

!TX – Rice

!UT – Utah State

!VA – VA Polytechnic

!WI – U of Wisconsin (2)

 The majority of the students have undergraduate majors in the sciences.  Other areas represented include English, Finance, Foreign Language, Liberal Arts, and Marketing.


New Educational Support Office Coordinator

 Roxann Pierce, M.B.A. will become the new ESO curriculum coordinator on Monday, August 19.  Roxann has worked for the Hematology/Oncology section for many years.  Other individuals providing curriculum support are Kathryn Dybdall and Elizabeth Metzger.


PBL Facilitator Open House to be held Wednesday, August 28th.