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Digital Pulse
iEXCEL's Newsletter 
Volume 4 Issue 3
August 2018
The Visionary Series
Co-organized by iEXCEL and KANEKO
EON Reality VR Innovation Academy (VRIA)
Launch and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
UNMC and community leaders cut the ceremonial ribbon on July 25 th to celebrate the launch and inaugural class for the EON Reality VR Innovation Academy (VRIA). This event recognized the visionary influences of UNMC - iEXCEL and its industry collaborator, EON Reality. Pamela Boyers, Ph.D., associate vice chancellor and moderator of the ceremony, welcomed the class of 18 VRIA students and expressed gratitude for the essential support provided by the iEXCEL Advisory Board and community partners.

Keynote speakers included Jeffrey Gold, M.D., UNMC/UNO chancellor; Ken Swain, chairman, EON Reality UK; Dee Baird, senior vice president - economic development, Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce; and Jisella Dolan, global advocacy officer, Home Instead Senior Care. Each presentation touched on the benefits of establishing a virtual reality training program in Omaha, Neb., including workforce development, career enhancement opportunities, the creation of accurate and engaging health care learning content, and ultimately, improved patient care. The VRIA is one of only five in the U.S. and one of 15 worldwide.

Housed on the UNMC campus in Omaha, the VRIA offers 16 weeks of theoretical and practical training plus 33 weeks of project-based learning. Upon successful completion, students receive an EON Reality AR/VR Developer Certification.

National Modeling & Simulation Coalition
NM&SC 2018 National Meeting at UNMC
September 25-26, 2018
MARK YOUR CALENDARS for the National Modeling & Simulation Coalition (NM&SC) 2018 National Meeting, hosted by UNMC iEXCEL and NSRI.

To ensure an exceptional meeting, we have engaged global leaders in simulation and visualization as keynote speakers and moderator panel leads.

A special registration rate for University of Nebraska faculty and staff has been negotiated. Additionally, students are welcome to register and attend at no cost (excluding meals).

To learn more about the meeting, please visit the link below. The link will take you to the NTSA website - NM&SC is a branch of this organization. You will find the agenda as well as registration details. Additional information regarding speakers will be added shortly.

We are looking forward to seeing you at NM&SC!
KANEKO Reality Exhibition

The KANEKO  Reality  Exhibition features iEXCEL as a major program component showcasing advances in visualization and simulation in health care. The blending of science, technology and art to stimulate creativity permeates the iEXCEL portion of the Reality exhibition. Participation and support are being graciously provided by various industry collaborators and UNMC innovators. To learn more, visit

J une 1 - Sept. 26, 2018
Tuesday – Friday, 12 pm – 8 pm & Saturday, 11 am – 5 pm

FREE - Open to the Public
Recent KANEKO Visionary Series lecture provided by Dr. Gold and Dr. Boyers on transforming health care professions education.
Introducing Jenni Bouckhuyt
Jenni joins the iEXCEL team as the advanced surgical simulation specialist. She graduated with an Associate Degree in Applied Science specializing in surgical technology. She is certified by the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting and has recently celebrated her 15-year anniversary as an active member of the organization. Prior, she was at Nebraska Medicine, where she worked in the operating room and was involved with the startup of the outpatient surgery center at Village Pointe. Her experience is in both outpatient and inpatient facilities where she worked with several specialties and was a preceptor for students and new employees.
Featured Publications
iEXCEL in the Wall Street Journal

iEXCEL was mentioned in a recent Wall Street Journal online publication. Entitled "How Holograms are Helping Medical Training" , the article is available to view with your paid online subscription to the Wall Street Journal.
Open Positions Available with iEXCEL at UNMC
The iEXCEL web developer is responsible for designing, coding and modifying web applications to enhance health care education modules. Programming, testing and development are key activities for this role.

To learn more or apply, Click Here
3D generalists execute designs in a fast-paced, rapidly-changing environment.
Artistically and technically, 3D generalists participate in creative briefs and complement the custom visualization design process to deliver high-quality products.

To learn more or apply, Click Here
The instructional designer works with the iEXCEL team, UNMC and Nebraska Medicine subject matter experts, faculty and staff for the development and successful implementation of unique learning experiences using advanced visualization content delivery. 

To learn more or apply, Click Here
In Closing...

As always, thank you for your continued interest, support and engagement with iEXCEL. 

Sincere Regards – Pam Boyers, PhD, Associate Vice Chancellor, iEXCEL

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