Science Café guest Greg Karst to discuss health professions reform


WHAT: University of Nebraska at Kearney Science Café

HOSTED BY: Sigma Xi The Scientific Research Society

TITLE: “Educational Reform in the Health Professions: Are we there yet?”

SPEAKER / PRESENTER: Dr. Greg Karst, executive associate dean, UNMC College of Allied Health Professions.

KARST BIO: A first generation college attendee from rural central Kansas, Karst is committed to reducing geographic and socioeconomic barriers to becoming a heath care professional. He was involved in all aspects of the planning and design of the Health Science Education Complex on the UNK campus, and in implementing the expansion of UNMC allied health professions programs from Omaha to Kearney.
He attended Kansas State and Wichita State Universities, receiving a Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy, then practiced physical therapy in Arizona before attending the University of Arizona for his Master of Science and Ph.D. in physiology, focusing his research on the neural control of human movement. He was on faculty at University of Wisconsin-Madison prior to coming to University of Nebraska Medical Center in 1992, and he served as associate director of Physical Therapy Education before taking his current position in 2007.

TIME: 5:30 p.m.

DATE: Monday, Jan. 23

PLACE: The Loft, Cunningham’s Journal, 15 W. 23rd St., Kearney

QUOTE: “Despite decades of attempts to reform health professions education, the frequently cited goals of making the educational process more effective and more learner-centered remain elusive. In support of that premise, I will discuss specific examples of issues hampering reform, along with some potential, perhaps controversial, solutions that I hope will stimulate a lively discussion.”

CONTACT: Allen A. Thomas, assistant professor of chemistry, 308.865.8452,