University of Nebraska Medical Center

Mini Sabbatical Program

The Mini Sabbatical program allows clinical and translational research faculty to participate in short-term professional development immersion opportunities.

The goal of the program is intended to meet professional development objectives based on the individual’s previous knowledge, experience, specific interests, research and/or training goals.

These awards, of up to $5,000 each, must be spent with the sabbatical completed by June 30, 2025. Number of awards given may be capped based on available funding. 

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Hear From Our Awardees

Skills and Networking

"The skills learned from my experience at Brigham & Women’s Hospital in Boston and the networking opportunities it facilitated have greatly increased my confidence in pursuing a career as an independent clinician-investigator and will be invaluable as I aim to apply for my next source of extramural funding. I am incredibly grateful to the IDeA-CTR for providing a program that uniquely suited my needs." – Tate Johnson, MD, UNMC

Multi-Site Team

"I found that spending devoted and concentrated time with my multi-site team led to many informal discussions that were incredibly helpful in terms of the ideas that were generated. The conversations also led to ideas that are relevant for additional future research projects and grant proposals. This experience was very fruitful, and I would whole-heartedly recommend it to anyone." – Christopher Conway, PhD, Boys Town National Research Hospital

Transition to P.I. Role

"The mini sabbatical award provided the perfect opportunity to develop knowledge and relationships to enhance collaboration performance with PCORnet and strongly supported my transition into a local P.I. role. Thank you for your support." – Carol Geary, PhD, UNMC

Valuable Opportunity

"The experience at Vanderbilt University was very valuable to my work and professional development. I would strongly encourage other colleagues to participate, and I would like to thank the Great Plains IDeA-CTR Network for this opportunity." – Zeljka Korade, PhD, UNMC

In-Person Visit

"Having the chance to visit Point Loma Nazarene University in person accelerated the process for the team to develop ideas and a defined plan for our collaborative research project. The experience was very valuable for professional development and strengthening partnerships." – Sarbinaz Bekmuratova, PhD, Creighton University


Stokes-Shackleford Professor of Rheumatology
Professor, Division of Rheumatology
Director, Professional Development Core, Great Plains IDeA-CTR

Dr. Ted Mikuls
Lani Zimmerman, PhD, RN, FAHA, FAAN

Charlotte Peck Lienemann and Alumni Distinguished Chair in Nursing
Professor, UNMC College of Nursing
Director, Center for Patient, Family & Community Engagement in Chronic Care Management
Great Plains IDeA-CTR Operations Director, Professional Development Core

Lani Zimmerman, PhD, RN