College of Medicine

Volume 10, Number 1


July 2001

Educational Support Office Newsletter

First Year Orientation

The Class of 2005 will begin classes this August. A three-day medical school orientation (August 20th - 22nd) will precede the start of classes. At Orientation, students will participate in a Problem-Based Learning session and attend a library orientation.

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 24th at the Strauss Performing Arts Center on the UNO campus. Studentsí 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.


Faculty Recruitment

A request for faculty participation in first semester Problem-Based Learning sessions will soon be sent to you. Faculty are asked to participate in this important part of medical student education. Special training sessions are available for those who have not previously facilitated.

Facilitators will be asked to participate for 1-2 hours weekly during one of the first or second year cores. Total time commitment would be approximately 10-15 hours.

Classes for M1 and M2 students begin on Monday, August 27th.

If you are interested in obtaining more information, call Carrie Lee Venable in the Educational Support Office at 559-7521.

TIME - Technology in Medical Education

In the near future, a task force will be created to study the use of technology in medical education. This group (or several groups) will be asked to identify future technology needs for classroom teaching, laboratory teaching, patient care simulations, and evaluation of students and faculty.


If you are interested in being involved, please contact Many individuals have already expressed interest in the project and need not resubmit their names.

Core Director Changes

Margaret Heidrick, Ph.D. is retiring after many years of valuable service to the College of Medicine. She was instrumental in the curriculum revision in 1992 and served as Year One Director until recently. She also was Function of the Human Body Core Director. Her valuable contributions to the curriculum and medical student education will be missed.

Kurt Cornish, Ph.D. has agreed to replace Dr. Heidrick as core director.

Jim Gulizia, M.D./Ph.D. has been appointed co-director of the GI-GU Core in the second year. He will be assisting Jim Newland, M.D.