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Academic Update

Volume 2, Issue 6          January 13, 2012

Welcome, SBMI New Students!

WelcomeOn 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 that is important for you. Listed below are resources to help you jump-start your journey at SBMI:

  • Always check the student handbook for questions related to your program or forms (in the Appendix section) that you may need during your study at SBMI.
  • Check the SBMI Calendar regularly for research seminars and events that you might be interesting in attending in the Texas Medical Center area.
  • Check the Job Opportunities webpage for fellowships or open research/teaching assistant positions, and be sure to join our LinkedIn group to connect with your fellow students and alumni.
  • Be sure to check our course offerings and textbook list webpages at the end of each semester to get an idea which courses will be offered the next semester.
  • We offer a lot of technology and educational resources at SBMI. Don’t forget to check the Student Resources webpage for more information.
  • Want to be a student representative for our school? You can join the SBMI Student Government Organization.
  • Subscribe to our Twitter feed & friend us on Facebook for important updates.

Finally, the staff of the Office of Academic Affairs are here to help you with any questions you might have regarding your studies. You are welcome to stop by the 8th floor, UCT, to say hi, or look for our contact information on the website.

YouTube Series: Meet the Faculty  

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To learn more about our faculty and their respective areas of research, check out our “Meet the Faculty” YouTube video series posted on the SBMI website. This month we are featuring Dean Sittig, PhD, Associate Professor.

SBMI Course Highlight: HI 7301 Grant Writing

HI 7301 Grant Writing is a flagship course at SBMI and has been well received by our students in the past. In this course, students develop skills in planning and executing grant proposals. For Spring 2012, the course has been redesigned and will be offered by Lex Frieden, who has considerable experience in securing research grants. The course is offered annually and is required for PhD students. Do not miss this opportunity!

Applied M.S. Virtual Graduation

On December 15, 2011, SBMI celebrated its first Completion Ceremony for Master of Science in Applied Health Informatics’ students.  Graduating students included Laurie D. Clabough, Crystal l.Maitland-Jenkins, Cheryl M. Rubio, and Elizabeth L. Cuevas. These students were the first cohort to complete the 36 semester-credit-hour program, which is offered completely online. The Completion Ceremony was attended by Dr. Jack Smith, Dean, SBMI;  Dr. Hongbin Wang, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs; and Dr. Jiajie Zhang, Associate Dean for Research. Dr. Susan Fenton, Texas State University, spoke on current job opportunities for HIT graduates. Faculty teaching in the program, Drs. Brixey, Franklin, Hsu, Turley, and Vogler, were also present.

SL Graduation

Congratulations to our new graduates! We expect to have a continuing parade of graduates from the Master of Science in Health Informatics program over the next several semesters.

Check the SBMI Calendar


Ever wish you had a centralized calendar for lectures, seminars, and related academic events occurring at SBMI and around the TMC? Check our website calendar for events scheduled in the upcoming weeks and months. Besides research seminars, we will post 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.

Recording and Podcasting Your Course

PanoptoPanopto, a recording platform provided by the School of Biomedical Informatics, has been used widely by instructors for live class session recordings. The recorded class sessions can be posted to the Moodle courses automatically as audio or video podcasts. Students who were not able to attend classes or wanted to review the archived class sessions showed interest in this alternative distance learning delivery methods and gave it positive feedback. For more information please contact Marcos Hernandez.

TA Positions Available

There are two Teaching Assistantship (TA) positions available at SBMI during the Spring 2012 semester for the following courses:

  • HI 5300 - Introduction to Health Informatics, Instructor: Dr. Robert Vogler
  • HI 5310 - Foundations of Health Information Science I, Instructor: Dr. Sriram Iyengar

As a TA, you are expected to assist the course instructor in many aspects of teaching, including providing support to students, grading homework, and leading lab sessions etc. Teaching assistants will receive their in-state tuition and fees paid for the Spring 2012 semester up to 9 credit hours.

The positions will be filled immediately and SBMI students are welcome to apply. To become a TA, you must:

  • be currently enrolled and in good standing at SBMI;
  • have previously taken the course in which you are applying to be the TA for, an equivalent or higher level course and have gained a grade of "A” to be eligible for consideration;
  • priority is given to SBMI PhD students.
  • familiarity with Moodle is recommended.

If interested, please send a short email outlining your qualifications and CV to Huyen Tran by close of business on Monday, January 16th. Please include which course you prefer to be a TA for in your email. The selected candidates will be notified by the end of the week.

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