Sara E. Pirtle, M.B.A., Program Manager
International Health and Medical Education (IHME) serves the students, faculty and staff of UNMC through a variety of programs and services. Individual assistance is offered to students who wish to study or volunteer abroad. Over 100 UNMC students annually go abroad for global health experiences, ranging from one week to nine months, to destinations as close as Canada and as far away as Russia.
Services include the following: information on medical/health electives and programs offered in dozens of sites around the world, information on travel insurance, information on financial assistance, assistance in selecting an appropriate program, assistance in correspondence/application arrangements and pre-departure orientation information. IHME, along with the Student Alliance for Global Health (SAGH), organize annual medical service spring break trips abroad for UNMC students and offer informative presentations related to global health and medicine. IHME and SAGH also sponsor a philanthropy project every year and offer Medical Spanish classes.
For international participants, services offered include non-immigrant visa processing and support of various social and cultural activities. These include a three-day international student orientation program for new-to-the-US students, coordinated prior to the start of the fall semester courses and the Ambassador program to support new international students. US tax preparation assistance is offered to F and J visa holders (who are considered non-residents for tax purposes) each year in March and early April. For further information regarding IHME activities, call 402-559-6414.