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Academic Update

Volume 2, Issue 12          July 16, 2012

AMIA Core Competencies

The American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) published the definition of biomedical informatics and specification of core competencies for graduate education in the discipline. The core competencies will have far-reaching influence on the SBMI’s curriculum development and course design. AMIA

"The AMIA biomedical informatics (BMI) core competencies have been designed to support and guide graduate education in BMI, the core scientific discipline underlying the breadth of the field’s research, practice and education. The core definition of BMI adopted by AMIA specifies that BMI is ‘the interdisciplinary field that studies and pursues the effective uses of biomedical data, information, and knowledge for scientific inquiry, problem solving and decision making, motivated by efforts to improve human health."
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Change in Student Health Insurance

BCBSTXFor the upcoming 2012-2013 academic year, UT System is switching to a new student insurance plan.  Academic Health Plans, underwritten by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas (AHP/BCBSTX), will be the new carrier of student health insurance for all UT components. While gearing up for this new plan, Auxiliary Enterprises is also introducing a change to the student registration procedure at UTHealth.  Effective this fall, students will not be able to register for classes until they have completed the health insurance certification process through their myUTH account. For more information please click here.

Forms for Summer Graduates

Master’s students need to complete the items on the Master’s Student Checkout Instructions.
Two important items that students need to complete before graduating are the Student Clearance Form and the Student Information Exit Survey. Please email (as an attachment) or fax the completed forms to the Office of Academic Affairs.

Fax: 713-500-0360

For more information regarding graduation checkout procedures please click here.

UTHealth SBMI & AMIA 10x10 Distance Learning Course

Jiajie ZhangSBMI will begin to offer the Healthcare Interface Design distance learning course as part of the AMIA 10x10 program on July 23. This online course, taught by Jiajie Zhang, PhD, focuses on electronic health records (EHRs), HIT usability, human-computer interaction and human factors. Students range from graduate students to professionals with a background in computer science, informatics, health sciences or other similar areas. For more information please click here.

NIOSH & CDC Request for Information

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) of the CDC would like to receive feedback from primary care providers, occupational and public health specialists, EHR vendors and other relevant sources about its approach to recommend the inclusion of work information in EHRs. Please submit your comments before August 28; detailed instructions for submitting comments are available at For the full article please click here.

"What's in Your Health Record?" Video Challenge (Prize Money)

Video Challenge
The Office of the National Coordinator launched this video challenge to encourage patients to access their personal health records (PHRs). The winning video that best illustrates a personal story about the benefits of accessing a PHR will win $3,000! The deadline for submission is August 20, for details please click here.

SBMI Alumni Spotlight

Alumni IconSBMI Alumnus and adjunct faculty member, Dr. John Frenzel, was appointed Chief Medical Officer at MD Anderson in late June, and will continue teaching there as a professor of anesthesiology and perioperative medicine. He graduated from SBMI with a master’s degree in health informatics in 2002. For the full story please click here.

YouTube Video: What is Biomedical Informatics?

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John Frenzel, MD, MS, Chief Medical Information Officer at MD Anderson, discusses how advances in Biomedical Informatics will drive the future of healthcare.

Compared to the rest of our culture, medicine is behind in technology utilization, but those in Biomedical Informatics are working to progress technology in healthcare and redefining "what we understand as clinical medicine and what we need in computational resources."

Recent Personnel Changes at SBMI

James Turley, PhD, RN, has been with SBMI for 14 years. He was instrumental in the creation of the school and the applied master’s program. Turley’s recent research dealt with the visual display of complex clinical data and the impact of data display on decision making by clinicians and laypersons. He is retiring as a faculty member and will stay on with the school as an adjunct faculty member, advising students and helping out with other activities. For the full story please click here.

Cheryl Chinen recently left SBMI as the Associate Dean for Management to accept a position at MD Anderson. Thank you for all you did, and good luck at MD Anderson!

Nancy McNiel, PhD, Associate Dean for Administrative Affairs at the Medical School, and Claire Brunson, Director of Management Services at the Medical School, will jointly provide administrative support for Cheryl Chinen’s previous position as the Associate Dean for Management.
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Sarah Chesley is the new Communications Assistant. Chesley will be creating communications materials to generate interest in SBMI and understanding of Biomedical Informatics; increasing alumni support and student involvement; recruiting new students; and elevating the perceptions of SBMI.

Tingting Lu, PhD, assumed the Manager of Distance Education position. Lu will be involved in instructional design projects and assist students, faculty, and staff with their online learning and teaching needs.

Important Dates

June 16-Aug 24     Fall '12 Registration
July 20                  Final installment payment due
July 20                  Last day to drop course & receive 'WP' or 'WF' - 12 week & second 6 week
Aug 3                    Students completed work to faculty for incomplete grades from spring '12
Aug 10                  Faculty grade changes to Registrar for spring '12 incompletes
Aug 13                  Last class day - 12 week and second 6 week session
Aug 13                  State of the science & dissertation papers due to Academic Affairs
Aug 13                  SBMI Poster Session
Aug 13-14             Final Exams - 12 week and second 6 week session

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