College of Medicine

Volume 11, Number 3

October  2002

Educational Support Office Newsletter

First and Second Year Curriculum

The first and second year students are nearing the end of their initial ten week cores. First year students will finish Structure and Development of the Human Body Core and move on to Cellular Processes next month. Second year students finish Introduction to Disease Processes and will go on to Cardiology/Pulmonary/ Endo/ENT Core.

Planning is underway for the second semester curriculum. If you are interested in being involved, please contact the ESO at 559-8682.


AAMC National Meeting

The theme of the 2002 Associate of American Medical Colleges meeting is “Improving the Nation’s Health”. The meeting will be held in San Francisco from November 8-13, 2002.

Selected keynote speakers include Elias Zerhouni, M.D., Director of the National Institutes of Health; David Lawrence, M.D., Chairman Emeritus of the Kaiser Foundation Health Plan; Deborah Prothrow-Stith, M.D., Director of Harvard School of Public Health; and Anthony Fauci, M.D., Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.


Educational Support Office and Educational Development Center

Two different areas provide help for faculty members with educational responsibilities.

The Educational Support Office is available to support faculty members who participate in the first two years of the curriculum. Core directors and students can contact the office to obtain assistance or answers to any questions related to the curriculum. Call 559-8682 for assistance.

Roxann Pierce is responsible for the overall supervision of the office. Bonnie Povondra provides logistical support for the core directors. Elizabeth Metzger is responsible for problem-based learning support.

The Educational Development Center is staffed by Kathryn Dybdall. She can assist faculty who wish to place educational material on the web (Blackboard courses as well as Internet and Intranet pages). Please call 559-8093 if you need help.


USMLE Results for 2001-2002

Nebraska students continue to do well on both Step 1 and Step 2 of the licensing examination. More than 95% of students passed each examination on their first attempt. The average score for both Step 1 and Step2 is above the national average.


Recruitment for Second Semester Problem-based Learning Sessions

You will soon receive a request for volunteers to participate in problem-based learning sessions for second semester. Time commitment is generally 5 hours every two weeks for 6-10 weeks. Faculty members that are interested in participating should contact Elizabeth Metzger at 559-4900 to obtain more information.

A faculty development program on problem-based learning is scheduled for November 15, 2002 from 8:00 A.M. - 4:00 P.M. at Westside Community Conference Center. Please call 559-9065 for more information or to register. Further information is available at