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Academic Update

Volume 2, Issue 10          May 18, 2012

Duration of Your UTHealth Email Account

SBMI students,

According to the university policy, if you are graduating, your UTHealth email account (ending with will be deleted 90 days from the end of your final term of enrollment. We feel your pain. The good news is that now you can request a life-long UTHealth alumni email address ending with Pretty cool. If you are interested in having one, please contact the SBMI Office of Academic Affairs ( for username and password information.

Please note that if you will be transitioning within these 90 days to employee status within UTHealth or registering for Summer 2012 to pursue another degree at UTHealth, your email account will remain active.

Changes in the New myUTH System

  • myUTHClass numbers are not the same as course numbers. Compared to UTLink, class numbers are call numbers.
  • Permission codes issued by our office SHOULD NOT be shared with your fellow classmate. Each student is given a unique permission code that they can only use. If you have been circulating your permission, whoever enters the code first will get the enroll in the course and you will need to request another permission code from our office. Compared to UTLink, permission codes are approval codes.
  • Holds – if you cannot enroll in class because you have a hold, please check the Student Service Center in myUTH and look in the Hold box. It will list any items that you need to clear in order to register.
If you have any questions comments or concerns about these issues, please contact the Office of Academic Affairs at 713.500.3591.

How To Order Your Graduation Videos

Congratulations again to our SBMI graduates! We will have videos and pictures of the commencement available for you shortly. If you would like a copy of the commencement ceremony and photographs taken during the momentous occasion, please submit an order via email to Huyen Tran ( with your name and mailing address. Each DVD will cost $10 (including shipping and handling). Please make checks payable to the School of Biomedical Informatics.

Welcome New Faculty - Yang Gong, Ph.D.

Yang Gong PhDPlease welcome Yang Gong, Ph.D. who recently joined SBMI as an Associate Professor. Dr. Gong is a proud SBMI Ph.D. graduate (Class 2006). After receiving his Ph.D., he worked as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Health Management and Informatics, School of Medicine, the University of Missouri-Columbia, before he moved back to Houston this month. Dr. Gong’s research interests include clinical informatics, human factors, patient safety, and human-centered design in healthcare. He brings with him his signature course Decision Support Systems for Healthcare, which he will be teaching this summer.

Get to Know Your New Student Governance Officers

The Student Governance Organization (SGO) consists of students in all SBMI academic programs.  Any degree-program student enrolled in SBMI is eligible to become an elected SGO officer. The new SGO officers for the next fiscal year were recently elected.

Jonathan Wolfarth     SGO President and SIC Representative
Melissa Resnick          SGO Vice-President and SIC Representative
Anand Allam               SGO Secretary
Rafeek Yusuf              SIC Representative

Congratulations, and we are looking forward to working with you all to serve our students.

We would also like to take this opportunity to thank the outgoing SGO/SIC officers for their hard work in the past years, including Matthew Vagnoni, Ram Vedam, and Ning Shang. Your contribution and sacrifice are greatly appreciated.

Dr. Juliana Brixey Received the McGovern Teaching Award

Juliana BrixeyCongratulations to Dr. Juliana Brixey, who received this year’s McGovern Teaching Award. This award is immensely important recognition for a teacher at UTHealth.

The award is presented to the teacher who not only provides information, but also contributes to the students' ability to think independently. The recipient must cultivate the students’ confidence in the roles for which they are being educated, while stimulating their further quest for knowledge and continued professional development. A student committee interviewed candidates from the faculty in the School of Biomedical Informatics and selected Dr. Brixey as the recipient of this award.

YouTube Video: Advancing Your Career in Health Informatics

If the video does not appear, please click here.

The 2012 SBMI Career Panel was a great success! Our alumni panelists brought fresh, positive energy to share with fellow colleagues and students. Many of our students thought the panel presentations were informative, thought-provoking, and inspiring. In this YouTube video, Dr. Adol Esquivel gives current students and future graduates five points of advice for advancing their careers in Health Informatics.

Patients Pick Hospitals for Their Social Media Presence

According to a hospital market research firm’s new survey result, there is a positive correlation between social networking and hospital selection. To read more, please click here.

Important Dates

May 18                Tuition & Fee payment due to avoid late fee
May 21                Summer classes begin - 12 week & 1st 6-week session
May 21-24           Late Registration
May 21-24           Add/Drops for students who have already registered
May 24                Application for Summer Graduation - submit to registrar's office
May 28                Memorial Day Holiday

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