SBMI Academic Update - February 2021 - School of Biomedical Informatics
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Academic Update

Volume 11, Issue 7
March 25, 2021

SBMI Virtual Career Day on April 16

We invite current SBMI Students to participate in Career Day 2021 on Friday, April 16. The event will be 100% virtual and hosted on both GoToWebinar and WebEx. During Career Day, SBMI students will:

  • Discuss what tools are needed for the professional world
  • Develop professional networking skills
  • Discover professional business interview etiquette
  • Decipher what employers expect
Time Event Presenter
9:00 to 9:45 a.m. Job Search Process Jonathan Ishee, JD, MPH
10:00 to 10:45 a.m. Building a Resume Kimberly Smith, PhD
11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Interviewing Skills + how to prepare an elevator pitch Angela Ross, DNP, MPH
12:00 to 1:00 p.m. BREAK
1:00 to 1:45 p.m. Maximizing your LinkedIn Chelsea Overstreet, MA
2:00 to 2:45 p.m. Networking 101 Robert Murphy, MD
3:00 to 3:30 p.m. Interviewing practices/elevator
pitches (WebEx)
Various Faculty Members

Recordings will be accessible after the event for those unable to attend each session. Registration is now open and we invite all students to participate. Visit the GoToWebinar Registration page to sign-up.

SBMI Bragging Points

Members of the SBMI Community have recently achieved noteworthy accomplishments. We want to recognize and applaud their endeavors.

    Image of Dr. Hua Xu, PhD
  • Effective April 1, SBMI Professor and Director of the Center for Computational Biomedicine, Hua Xu, PhD, will start his new role as SBMI’s first Associate Dean for Innovation. Visit the SBMI News website to read more about his position.
  • AMIA has been provisionally approved to offer Continuing Nursing Education (CNE) by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). Assistant Professor & Alumna Julie Brixey, PhD, ’06, MPH, RN was instrumental in this effort and will be the lead nurse planner as AMIA seeks full accreditation.
  • Image of PhD Student Kang Lin Hsieh
  • Alumnus John D'Amore, MS, ‘11 & Professor Dean Sittig, PhD co-authored a newly published JAMIA article.
  • Three members of the SBMI community co-authored a new Journal of Biomedical Informatics article. The authors are PhD student Yuqi Si, Associate Dean for Research and Professor Elmer Bernstam, MD, MSE, and Assistant Professor Kirk Roberts, PhD.
  • The Center for Global Health at McGovern Medical School co-sponsored the Consortium of Universities for Global Health’s (CUGH) annual conference earlier this month. Associate Dean for Academic & Curricular Affairs and Professor Susan Fenton, PhD was a panelist during the event. This year’s event drew in nearly 2,000 participants from approximately 100 countries, making it the largest audience registered in CUGH history.
  • UTHealth’s Healthcare Innovation Challenge was held in late February and around 100 members of the UTHealth Community participated. Congratulations to these SBMI students who took part in the event.
    • Bolanle Adesanya (Audience Choice Award winner on Team 12)
    • Nour Alia (Executive Team that facilitating the event)
    • Robert D'Agostino
    • Poonam Desai
    • Efemena Diejomaoh
    • Aaisha Dossal
    • Sunitha Mogalla (3rd place winner on Team 10)
    • Daniella Ruiz (2nd place winner on Team 8)
    • Mengting Yu (Audience Choice Award winner on Team 12)
    • Jorge Zamora
    • Jing Zhang

SIC Positive Impact Scholarship and Disaster Relief Scholarship Opportunities

The Student InterCouncil (SIC) has developed a student scholarship for UTHealth students experiencing financial challenges due to recent disasters (COVID-19 and/or Winter Storm Uri); and for students who have made positive impacts during the recent disasters. These funds are provided by UTHealth's student government, in partnership with Auxiliary Services, for the sole means of helping and honoring students.

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Due to the cancelation of several SIC events during the 2020-2021 academic year, the SIC has decided to use their remaining available fund balance in support of students through these scholarships.

The scholarship selection will be based solely on the SIC Disaster Relief and SIC Positive Impact scholarship applications; how the scholarship funds will help them; and students’ personal narratives on how the disaster(s) affected them, or how they made a positive impact during one of the recent disasters. All students may apply for these scholarships, and there is no financial basis for applying. These funds will not affect your financial aid package, and are not related to the FAFSA. These funds may have tax implications.

Links to the applications:

The application deadlines are at 11:59 PM (CDT), Thursday, April 1, 2021.

TxHIMA Scholarship Application Now Open

Each year the Texas Health Information Management Association (TxHIMA) awards several education scholarships to students who demonstrate academic achievement and commitment to the field of health information management in Texas. TxHIMA promotes education and recruitment of new students as critical success factors for the HIM profession.

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TxHIMA currently has two scholarship opportunities available for eligible SBMI students. The deadline for applications is Friday, April 23, 2021.

UTHealth 2021 Student Perception Survey Now Open

All SBMI students are invited to participate in the 2021 UTHealth Student Perception Survey (SPS). The SPS is a comprehensive and confidential survey of the student experience at UTHealth with respect to central student services. Student input and feedback are important, and results provide campus and school-based leaders with information needed to assess and improve the overall quality of central student services.

The survey is open now through Sunday, April 11.


Upcoming Events: All are virtual

Mar. 31 Unintended consequences of HIT policy: The case of the Texas prescription drug monitoring program
PhD Student Nina Smith
Virtual SBMI Research Seminar, 12 PM
Apr. 7 Anchoring Bias in Clinical Decision-Making Involving Transitions of Care in the Emergency Department: Identification and Evaluation of Risk Factors
PhD Student Roni Matin
Virtual SBMI Research Seminar, 12 PM
Apr. 14 Predicting Drug Response and Synergy Using Deep Learning Models
PhD Student Yi-Ching Tang
Virtual SBMI Research Seminar, 12 PM
Apr. 21 PhD Students Alexandra Zingg and Tavleen Singh
Virtual SBMI Research Seminar, 12 PM
Apr. 28 State of the School
Dean Jiajie Zhang, PhD
Virtual SBMI Research Seminar, 12 PM

Important Dates

Apr. 9 MS - State of the science/capstone drafts to Advising Committee for review
Apr. 12 Summer 2021 registration opens in myUTH
Apr. 16 MS - Titles of state of science/capstone & dissertation due in Canvas Graduation Course
Apr. 30 Last class day for spring 2021
Apr. 30 Deadline for Removal of Incomplete Grades for fall 2020

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