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Academic Update

Volume 2, Issue 3          October 21, 2011

FGO Hosted Annual Picnic

Thanks to everyone who attended our SBMI all-school picnic. It was a great success. Great food, beautiful weather, and a lot of fun! If you were unable to attend this year, we hope to see you next year! To view pictures from the picnic click here.

SBMI Picnic

Update Your Academic Advisor List

SBMI students,

Your academic advisors assist you with all aspects of your graduate studies and academic planning, and it is very important that you work with your advisors throughout your graduate studies for appropriate academic decisions.  

It is time to review your advisor list. If there are any changes to your academic advisors please remember to update your academic advisor list by sending an e-mail to the SBMI Office of Academic Affairs ( Thank you for your cooperation.

Moodle and Website Calendar

SBMI Calendar

Ever wish you had a centralized calendar for lectures, seminars, and other related academic events that are occurring at SBMI as well as around the TMC? Check our Moodle calendar events that are scheduled for the upcoming weeks and months. You can also go to our website to check our website calendar. Both calendars are updated timely to keep you informed of any events that we think you might be interested in. Besides research seminars, you can also find academic reminders and other school events on the calendar. If you want to add a calendar event please send your brief event description (under 100 words) to SBMI Distance Education (

Call for Postdoctoral Applications  

Jobs IconThis is a call for postdoctoral applications for the National Library of Medicine (NLM) Training Program in Biomedical Informatics. Applicants must be US citizens or US Permanent Residents already in possession of a Green Card who are currently enrolled or affiliated with a Gulf Coast Consortia member institution.

Each trainee must have two mentors who are members of the NLM Training Faculty. It is preferable, although not required, for the mentors to be affiliated with two separate institutions in the GCC.

These postdoctoral appointments will be for one year only.

Please check the NLM web site for the training faculty, applications, mentor recommendation forms, and further information and requirements.

Applications and all required materials are due before midnight on Monday, November 14 (midnight of Monday to Tuesday).

YouTube Series: Meet the Faculty

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Want to know more about our faculty and their respective area of research? Now you have the opportunity! Check out our “Meet the Faculty” YouTube video series. This month, we are featuring Amy Franklin, Ph.D., who talks about her research and the National Center for Cognitive Informatics and Decision Making.

Student InterCouncil

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The Student InterCouncil (SIC) is the UTHealth student governance organization and is the recognized forum of student opinion and the primary vehicle for student participation in the governance of UTHealth. The organization is comprised of representatives from each of the six schools. To know more about SIC, listen to SBMI representative, Student InterCouncil secretary, Matt Vagnoni, talks about what SIC is.

AMIA 2011 Annual Symposium

Held each fall, the AMIA Annual Symposium is the world’s most comprehensive annual meeting on biomedical and health informatics. The Annual Symposium provides a wide range of formats for education and discussion. AMIA’s Annual Symposium flourishes as the premier educational forum in clinical informatics, clinical research informatics, public health informatics, and translational bioinformatics. It attracts an impressive network of informatics experts spanning the spectrum of informatics foundations and applications, and is comprised of professionals and students from an array of occupational settings.

AMIA Symposium

The theme for AMIA 2011 is Improving Health: Informatics and IT Changing the World. The annual symposium will be held at Washington, D.C. from October 22, 2011 to October 26, 2011.

All SBMI students are encouraged to submit proposals for next year’s AMIA Annual Symposium. To check for the upcoming AMIA meetings and events, please click here.

Clinical Informatics Now a Subspecialty

Physicians will soon be able to add another medical subspecialty to their credentials: clinical informatics. The American Board of Medical Specialties in September approved clinical informatics as a board-certified medical subspecialty. Physicians will be able to take board exams beginning in the fall of 2011, with the first certificate awarded in 2013. To read more details, please click here.

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