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Academic Update

Volume 2, Issue 7          February 10, 2012

SBMI Student Survey

SBMI is committed to continue enhancing its academic programs. This year SBMI's Office of Academic Affairs and the Student Government Organization (SGO) joined together and developed a survey to solicit student feedback on a variety of academics related issues. You have received an email about how to access the survey, which remains open until February 17, 2012. It takes 10-20 minutes to fill out the survey, and your anonymous responses will be confidential and secure. If you haven’t done so, finish the survey by clicking here.

Whatever concerns and/or suggestions you might have, we are eager to hear from you.

Call for Nominations: UT Regents' Outstanding Teaching Awards

UT Regents have initiated a new program to recognize excellence in teaching. This year UTHealth is allowed to nominate up to 15 faculty members in all its 6 schools to compete for the awards. According to the award guidelines, nominees must have clearly demonstrated their commitment to teaching and a sustained capability to deliver excellence to the learning experience in a variety of settings and through multiple principal criteria, including peer evaluation, curricular innovation, and extracurricular activities. For more information about the award, please contact SBMI Office of Academic Affairs. If you would like to nominate your favorite SBMI faculty member for the award, please feel free to discuss it with the faculty member or directly send your nomination (faculty name and a brief nomination summary) to Elissa Lofgren by February 13, 2012.

Graduation Webpage

GraduationAre you graduating this semester? Do your friends and family need more information? Are you a faculty member with questions about graduation? If so, find all your answers by clicking here.

If you plan to graduate in the spring 2012 term and participate in this year’s ceremony, you must complete all requirements for the degree by the end of the workday, Friday, April 27, 2012.

The M.S. graduation checkout procedure can be found here. The Ph.D. graduation checkout procedure can be found here.

2012 Regional HIMSS Conference Scholarship for Students

Are you interested in attending the 2012 HIMSS Texas Regional Conference on April 12-13 in Galveston? Now you have the opportunity.

The Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS), South Central Texas chapter, is offering four student scholarships to deserving students interested in healthcare and healthcare information technology. The scholarship includes conference registration, a 2-night hotel stay, most meals, tickets to Moody Garden attractions, and a stipend to cover ground transportation. More information is available here.

If you are interested in applying, we would be happy to assist with your video creation. Please contact Marcos Hernandez to set up a video shooting appointment.

YouTube Series: Meet the Faculty

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Want to know more about our faculty and their respective areas of research? Now you have the opportunity! Check out our “Meet the Faculty” YouTube video series. This month we are featuring Allison McCoy, PhD.

Alumni Spotlight: Himali Saitwal, BHMS, MS

HimaliFeatured in this month’s alumni spotlight is Himali Saitwal, a 2010 graduate of SBMI. Himali Saitwal joined SBMI in 2008 for her Master’s in Health Informatics with special interests in Cognitive Informatics, Electronic Medical Record (EMR), and Terminology and Data standardization. During her study at SBMI, she worked as an intern at Memorial Hermann Hospital and immediately after graduation, she joined Apelon, Inc. as an informaticist. To read Himali Saitwal’s full story, click here.

If you graduated from SBMI or you know anybody who graduated from here and would like to be featured in our alumni spotlight, please e-mail Ms. Huyen Tran for more information.

YouTube Video: HIT Completion Ceremony

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The School of Biomedical Informatics at UTHealth celebrated its first Completion Ceremony in Second Life. The celebration ceremony recognized the first cohort of students to complete the 36 semester credit hour Master's in Applied Health Informatics.

Lex Frieden Receives 2012 NOESA AwardLex Frieden

Please join us in congratulating SBMI professor Lex Frieden, MA, LLD (hon) for receiving the 2012 NESA Outstanding Eagle Scout Award (NOESA). The NOESA is a recognition granted by the local council of the National Eagle Scout Association to Eagle Scout alumni who have demonstrated outstanding achievement and service at the local, state, or regional level.

HIMSS12 - Healthcare IT Conference & Exhibition

HIMSS is a cause-based, not-for-profit organization exclusively focused on providing global leadership for the optimal use of information technology (IT) and management systems for the betterment of healthcare. HIMSS represents more than 30,000 individual members, of which two-thirds work in healthcare provider, governmental, and not-for-profit organizations. HIMSS also includes over 470 corporate members and more than 85 not-for-profit organizations that share the mission of transforming healthcare through the effective use of information technology and management systems.

HIMSS Conference

The 2012 HIMSS annual conference & exhibition will be held from February 20 to 24, 2012, at the Venetian Sands Expo Center in Las Vegas. If you are unable to attend HIMSS12 but still want to experience the excitement of transforming health IT, you can bring the conference to your desktop by attending Virtual HIMSS12.

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