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Newland , James R.



  • Existence: Born 1940


James Robert Newland, M.D., was born January 25, 1940, in Thief River Falls, Minnesota. He graduated from Central High School, Grand Forks, North Dakota, and received a B.A. (cum laude) from the University of North Dakota in 1962. He received a B.S. (cum laude) in Medicine from the University of North Dakota School of Medicine in 1963, and an M.D. (with distinction) from the University of Nebraska College of Medicine in 1965.

He did a rotating internship at the University of Oregon Medical School Hospitals, 1965-1966, and a residency in anatomic and clinical pathology, at the University of Nebraska Hospital, 1966-1970. He served in the U. S. Army, 1970-1972, at the 121st Evacuation Hospital, Seoul, Korea; and Fitzsimons General Hospital, Denver, Colorado.

He was an Instructor in Pathology, 1969-1972; an Assistant Professor of Pathology, 1972-1977; an Associate Professor of Pathology, 1977-1990; and a Professor of Pathology, 1990-2001, all at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. In 2001, he was appointed Professor Emeritus of Pathology and Microbiology.

He served as director of education in the department of pathology and microbiology, medical director of the division of medical technology, director of the sophomore year medical curriculum, and year 2 core director of gastrointestinal/genitourinary. He developed small group discussions in the 1970s and became director of the clinical pathology course.

He served on the National Board of Medical Examiners as a member of the pathology committee, and as chief of the medical staff at University Hospital, 1991-1997. Also in 1997, he was the founding chair of UNMC's Educational Development Institute, which presents various topics to faculty on how to be better teachers. He is a past president of the Group for Research in Pathology Education (GRIPE), and was editor-in-chief of the journal, Pathology Education. He is a past board chair of the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (medical technology education).

He has received numerous teaching awards, including the University of Nebraska's 1996 Outstanding Teaching and Instructional Creativity Award (OTICA). He served as president of the UNMC faculty senate, 1985-1986; and was a member of the College of Medicine Admissions Committee, 2007-2015. He served as a facilitator for the Integrated Clinical Experience (ICE) and Problem Based Learning (PBL), in the College of Medicine, for many years. He has also been an active member of the Metropolitan Omaha Medical Society and the Nebraska Medical Association. He has served as president of the Friends of the McGoogan Library of Medicine.

Found in 1 Collection or Record:

James Newland Interview, 2018

Scope and Contents

Oral history interview: born-digital file of the recording and a transcript.

Dates: Majority of material found in 2018