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Student Governance
2012-2014 Student Handbook

Student Governance Organizations Student Membership in Professional Organizations

Student Governance Organization

The SBMI Student Governance Organization is made up of SBMI students. Both master and doctoral students are represented in the Student Government Organization. Any degree program student enrolled in the School is eligible to become the elected representative of his or her program.

The purpose of the Student Governance Organization is:

  1. to provide students of the School an organized feedback and advisory mechanism to administration and faculty;
  2. to provide students a mechanism by which they may have an impact on the decision-making process;
  3. to provide social, cultural and recreational activities for students of the School; and
  4. to provide representation to the UTHealth Student InterCouncil (SIC).

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Student Membership in Professional Organizations

Professional organizations promote interest in the profession with specific aims toward service and fellowship for the social, intellectual, and professional benefits of each member. Membership generally entitles one to the publications of the profession and the right to attend its meetings.

SBMI students may obtain student memberships in discipline specific organizations. Discipline specific organizations include AMIA (American Medical Informatics Association), ACM (Association for Computing Machinery), IEEE (The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc.), HANIA (Houston Area Nursing Informatics Association), HIMSS (Hospital Information and Management Systems Society), and UTHealth BioEngineering Group. The Associate Dean for Academic Affairs can provide information about student memberships available in these organizations, and further information may be found at

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