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Academic Update

Volume 6, Issue 5
December 22, 2015

Happy Holidays from SBMI

Happy Holidays

SBMI would like to wish everyone a happy and healthy holiday season. The university will be closed Dec. 24 & 25 and Jan. 1. SBMI will be open on Dec. 28 through 31 with limited hours and limited staff so please call 713.500.3900 if you need any assistance during those days.

Click to read the Dean’s holiday message

Dr. Killoran Begins New Role at Memorial Hermann

Assistant Professor Peter Killoran, M.D., M.S. was named the Director of Medical Informatics for the Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center (TMC) Campus last month.

In his role, Killoran will serve as the physician leader for the management and support of the professional use of Memorial Hermann’s EHR.

Fall 2015 Poster Session Winner

Poster SessionOn Dec. 14, SBMI hosted its fall 2015 poster session in the Fayez S. Sarofim Research (IMM) Building. 29 student posters were presented and the distinction of best poster went to master’s student Adetomiwa "Tom" Oguntuga.

Tom’s poster is titled “Opinion Mining of Clinical Notes: An Exploratory Study” so please congratulate him on winning the fall 2015 Paul C. Boyle Award for Excellence in Research.

SBMI Accepting Competitive Scholarship Applications

SBMI is currently accepting applications for several scholarships to be awarded for the spring 2016 semester.

Seeking Student Aid

In order to meet the eligibility requirement, applicants must be currently enrolled in a SBMI graduate program and in good academic standing. Other considerations include:

  • Pattern of academic achievement
  • Teaching and mentoring experience
  • Leadership experience
  • Community service
  • Success in overcoming adversity
  • Previous and recent publications in the discipline (if any)

To apply, please submit a current resume or CV and a one-page essay justifying why you are deserving of a scholarship. The essay should address the considerations listed above and be single spaced using 12pt font.

Please submit both documents via email to by close of business (5 p.m. CST) on Jan. 4, 2016. All submissions must be electronic as paper submissions will not be accepted. The submitted documents should be in one PDF file with the student's name in the filename.

If you have questions or need additional information, email or call 713.500.3591.

Adjunct Faculty Member Appointed to ONC Task Force

Jorge A. Ferrer M.D., M.B.A. is an adjunct assistant professor with SBMI and was recently appointed to the Federal Advisory Committee Certified Technology Comparison Task Force.

The 10-member group, which was created by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT earlier this year, provides recommendations on ways to create a new certified health IT comparison tool that providers can use to help them choose EHRs.

In addition to his appointment on the task force, Ferrer is a biomedical informatician with the Veterans Health Administration Office of Informatics & Information Governance.

Upcoming SBMI Recruiting Events

Several SBMI faculty and staff members will be traveling in the coming months to visit universities and attend conventions to promote our degree programs. We invite any prospective students or alumni in the area to visit us during these events.

SBMI Recruitment

  • Feb. 29 - Mar. 4 - HIMSS16 in Las Vegas, NV

SBMI In The News

  • While on a trip to Australia, Associate Professor Robert Murphy, M.D. discussed clinical engagement with the North South Wales (NSW) Ministry of Health eHealth team. His commentary was featured in the eHealth newsletter.
  • Professor Dean Sittig, Ph.D. was named to the HealthData Management's top 50 list of health information technology experts.
    • Sittig also commented on the importance of making e-health record systems compatible in a recent article.
  • KTRH recently interviewed Associate Dean for Research & SBMI Professor Elmer Bernstam, M.D., M.S.E. on the accuracy of online health information.
  • Assistant Professor Peter Killoran, M.D., M.S. discussed the workload aging anesthesiologists have in a recent article.

Mark Your Calendar

Important Dates

Dec 24 & 25 December holiday – university is closed
Jan 1 New Year’s Day holiday – university is closed
Jan 8 Spring 2016 regular course registration closes in MyUTH
Jan 11 First class day for spring 2016 semester
Jan 18 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day – university is closed

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