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March Alumni Spotlight

Aubree Ford is a 2015 SHS graduate who is currently a 3rd-year medical student at the University of Nebraska Medical School (UNMC) in Omaha, Nebraska. She will be applying for a 6-year integrated residency in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery after graduating in the Spring of 2023. Currently, she is the lead coordinator of the Sun Protection Outreach Teaching by Students (SPOTS) program at UNMC, a nationally recognized educational community outreach program designed to teach teens and school-aged children about the importance of early detection and prevention of skin cancer. She recently organized an event for UNMC medical students to virtually teach SHS pre-health students about sun safety and skin cancer prevention. She has prioritized expanding outreach events to western and rural students, as she knows that she would have enjoyed similar programs while in high school.

Additionally, Aubree is involved with he UNMC Student Senate and serves as a student representative for the UNMC Legislative Team. As the Nebraska legislature is currently in session, she advocates for UNMC-centric bills introduced for funding allocated by the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) to bring new opportunities to the University of Nebraska. She has also been involved with the Medical Student Section of the American Medical Association and represents UNMC at national meetings centered on health care policy issues. She has served as a mentor to younger medical students and high schools and previously served on he Student Board for the UNMC student-run free clinic. She completed a summer doing medical research in dermatology and has contributed to several publications on surgical outcomes for skin cancer treatments. Currently, she is evaluating surgical outcomes in plastic surgery and researching plastic surgery education in medical school.

For her undergraduate degree, Aubree attended college at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) and graduated in 2019 with Honors and Highest Distinction. She majored in Biochemistry with minors in Chemisrty and Humanities of Medicine. For one summer, she studied abroad in Italy to complete several classics and religious studies courses. She was 1 of 13 students selected for membership into the Innocents Society, an honors society unique to UNL that recognizes students based on superior academic achievement, unparalleled leadership, and selfless service that has been around for almost 120 years. Throughout her undergraduate education, she was also involved with Student Senate, served as a teaching assistant for chemistry and biology, completed a thesis in organic chemistry, was an active member of her sorority, Alpha Xi Delta, volunteered in the Emergency Department, and created the first pre-medicine mentoring program at UNL.

In high school, she was very involved and thoroughly enjoyed her time at SHS. She was an enthusiast for soccer and basketball and played on the varsity teams for both. A highlight was making it to the NE state tournament for basketball her senior year-something many people thought was an impossible feat given our losing record for the season! Aubree was the class president her senior year and graduated with a 4.0 GPA. She was on the SHS Math Team under the fearless guidance of Mr. Aaberg, was on the school newspaper staff, and participated in state journalism with the relentless Mr. Pitkin. Mr. Bogus was a great mentor while leading he pre-health club and providing her with a stethoscope at graduation. Now seven years later, she continues on that same path and is much closer to being Dr. Ford.

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