On behalf of the Office of Academic Affairs at SBMI, we’d like to welcome you to our school. Our website has a lot of useful information for you. Listed below are resources to help you jump-start your journey at SBMI:
Mingle with fellow students at the SBMI Spring Back to School Social on Monday, Jan. 28th from 1 -2 p.m. in the university center tower (UCT) room 1410. There will be pizza, games, prizes and more!
The Office of Academic Affairs staff can help you with any questions or concerns regarding your studies. Visit the Academic Affairs staff in UCT Suite 650, email the staff at SBMIAcademics@uth.tmc.edu or call them at 713.500.3591.
SBMI Mobile Apps Available for Moodle
Would you like to enroll in a Moodle course, check assignment due dates or review your grade book from your smartphone or tablet? You can perform these tasks and more in Moodle on an iPhone, iPad, iPad mini, iPod Touch or Android-powered device. These apps are designed to enhance student mobile learning experience and not meant to replace the SBMI Moodle site. Instructors may also enjoy the convenience, although editing a course may be challenging on a small screen. Please send your feedback (positive and negative) about the apps to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The USA-Brazil consortium for biomedical informatics education grant is jointly administered by the Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE) and the Brazilian Ministry of Education, which provide grants for up to four years to consortia of at least two academic institutions each from Brazil and the United States. To apply, email a statement of interest to Dr. Sriram Iyengar.
Ryan Ray, SBMI student in the public health dual master’s degree program, stayed in Sao Paulo, Brazil for ten weeks where he worked at the University of Sao Paulo (USP) Medical School. While there, Ray researched how psychiatric clinicians viewed electronic health record implementation and learned about the technology behind the university’s mobile health initiatives.
Ray had to say many positive things about his experience in Brazil:
“In the states, I interact with a diverse group of people, but to be a visitor in a foreign country, I really gained another perspective of how to live. I believe the fellowship experience has contributed to my overall growth as a healthcare professional because it allowed me to gain multiple perspectives on issues that impact the healthcare industry in general.”
Wenjin (Jim) Zheng, PhD, comes to SBMI from the Medical University of South Carolina, where he was an assistant professor of bioinformatics. His research interests include genomic research, systems biology and biological knowledge integration and representation. Zheng currently has three funded projects, which he hopes to more fully develop at SBMI as a contribution to the longer-term goal of personalized medicine.
Developing a 3D Browser to Explore Genomes (abstract)
Bridging Genomics and Medicine by Ontology Fingerprints
Modeling and Analysis of Roles of Yeast Sphingolipid
Dr. Zheng will be joining us on Feb. 1, 2013 as an associate professor of biomedical informatics. In the fall, he’ll teach Introduction to Bioinformatics; subsequently, he plans to teach more courses at SBMI, which may cover areas in advanced computer science, bioinformatics and translational bioinformatics.
Peter Killoran, MS, MD, comes to SBMI from the University of Texas Medical School at Houston, where he will continue as an assistant professor of anesthesiology. He will divide his time between the two schools and join us as an assistant professor of biomedical informatics on March 1, 2013. At SBMI, Killoran will continue to pursue his interest in improving healthcare quality and safety through Health IT and biomedical informatics with the goal of achieving a positive impact on clinical decision making and, ultimately, patient outcomes. In addition to his ongoing involvement in the work of SHARP-C, Killoran plans to increase his involvement with HIT and augment informatics collaborations between UTHealth and Memorial Hermann Healthcare System.
Bioinformatics Postdoctoral Positions Available
Two bioinformatics postdoctoral positions with the School of Biomedical Informatics are available starting on Feb. 1, 2013.
The bioinformatics postdoctoral fellow (1) will work with a group of bioinformaticians, biostatisticians, computer scientists and biologists to employ text mining, ontology and genome information to infer novel gene networks and to apply computational skills to analyze large data sets involved in human disease.
The bioinformatics postdoctoral fellow (2) will receive training in modeling and visualizing human genome in 3-dimension, and in large scale genome information integration and analysis. The ideal candidate should have exposure and past experience in structure biology, with solid C++/object oriented programming skills and the understanding of design patterns.
The American Board of Preventative Medicine is now offering certification in the subspecialty of Clinical Informatics. The first examination to be certified will be offered from October 7-18, 2013. It will be a one day, multiple-choice exam administered at Pearson VUE Professional Centers throughout the U.S. and several International sites. The online application will be available from March 1 through June 1.
Yang Gong has been awarded a $10,000 grant by the campus-wide Program in Interprofessional Ethics within the McGovern Center for Humanities and Ethics for his investigation of the ethical dilemmas associated with reporting medical errors. The purpose of this proposed project is to investigate the ethical dilemma between physicians who lead practice and nurses who usually report incidents in practice through a user-centered survey. The survey will describe the dilemma and propose technical solutions to facilitate medical incident reporting through a trustful e-reporting and e-learning environment. The survey results will serve as a foundation for an intelligent reporting system that can mitigate the system difficulty and inefficiency regarding ease of use, ease of understanding and their relations with the level of details in reporting.
SBMI Spring Back
to School Social
Monday, Jan. 28, 1 - 2 p.m, UCT 1410, RSVP
Join us for pizza, drinks, games, prizes and tasty treats!
TMC Student Social
Thursday, Jan. 24, 4 - 6 p.m., Trevisio 6th floor commons
Hor d’oeuvres – Drawings for prizes – Special guests
Health 2.0 Houston Launch Event
Tuesday, Jan. 29, 7 p.m.,
Houston Technology Center (410 Pierce St.) Event Information
2013 AMIA Joint
March 18-22, Parc 55 Hotel, San Francisco, CA
SBMI Professor Elmer Bernstam: Summit on clinical research informatics chair
Jan 12-18 Late registration - Late registration fee assessed
Jan 14 Spring classes begin
Jan 21 SBMI - Orientation (online)
Jan 21 Martin Luther King Jr. holiday - university closed
Jan 21-25 Class add/drop - For students who are already registered
Jan 30 Application for spring graduation - submit to Registrar's office
Jan 30 Tuition & fee payments should be made to the Bursar's office
Feb 18 Second installment payment due