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Academic Update

Volume 13, Issue 7
March 23, 2023

SBMI Hosts Career Day on March 31


We invite all SBMI Students to register for Career Day 2023. After hosting the event virtually over the last two years, Career Day will be hosted on campus on Friday, March 31.

We ask that all students who plan to attend register by March 29. To register or see the full Career Day agenda, please visit

GET PHIT Internship Application Currently Open

THE GET PHIT program is currently accepting applications for a 160-hour part-time paid internship program. Students who are eligible for financial compensation will receive a stipend ranging from $2,440 - $3,000, based on education and skill. The Summer 2023 internship begins in early June and ends in mid-August and the application is now open. The deadline to apply is April 1, so please visit this link to review necessary application materials and submit an application.


Eligibility requirements include:

  • Must be a student at a GET PHIT institution (UTHealth Houston is included)
  • Must participate in a GET PHIT boot camp, approved program and/or course
  • Have a strong interest in public health informatics and data science
  • Students from underrepresented minorities are strongly encouraged to apply

For practicum-eligible students, this internship can be used for practicum credit. Please contact [email protected] for more information.

Additional information on the GET PHIT program is available online. For more information, email [email protected].

UTHealth Houston Student Perception Survey

The UTHealth Houston Student Perception Survey for this academic year is now open. We encourage all SBMI students to respond and share your feedback with the university.

Students can use the QR Code below to access the survey.

UTHealth Survey QRcode

Community Action Poverty Simulator

UTHealth Houston School of Dentistry, School of Public Health, Cizik School of Nursing, and School of Biomedical Informatics are seeking participation in upcoming interprofessional, Community Action Poverty Simulations. Dates for the simulations are Wednesday, April 26, and Friday, April 28, with each taking place from 1 to 4:30 p.m. in the Denton A. Cooley, MD and Ralph C. Cooley, DDS University Life Center. Enrollment is open to all UTHealth Houston employees, students, and trainees. However, there is an 80-participant limit per session and enrollment closes the morning of each respective simulation.

The Poverty Simulation is an interactive, immersive experience in which students assume the role of an individual or family member who is living in an impoverished state. The purpose of the simulations is to increase student awareness of and empathy for those living in poverty.

For questions, please email Course Coordinator Beverly Blaske at [email protected] or Dr. Theresa Tran at [email protected]. Faculty and staff should confirm with their supervisor or department chair for permission before committing to enroll or volunteering for the simulation(s).

UTHealth Houston Giving Day is April 4, 2023

UTHealth Houston is celebrating Giving Day on Tuesday, April 4. This event includes 24 hours of generosity that will provide powerful support for both the university and the School of Biomedical Informatics.

Giving Day

The goal is to have 750 donors make a git so mark your calendar and check out all the ways you can celebrate at

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.

TxHIMA currently has two scholarship opportunities available for eligible SBMI students. The deadline for applications is Friday, April 21.

HL7 Free Virtual Student Academy

Health Level Seven International (HL7) has released the 2nd edition of its free Virtual Student Academy. This program is a series of educational modules designed for students at the beginning of their studies in health IT.

HL7 Academy

Visit the HL7 website to learn more about the academy.

  • SBMI’s Student Governance Organization (SGO) hosted a Culture Day Event earlier this month to highlight the school’s diverse student community. A UTHealth Houston news story about the event is available on Inside UTHealth Houston.

Save the Date

March 29 Fetal EHR presentation by Eric Bergh, MD
12 PM CT online and at 7000 Fannin Street, 6th floor
(UCT E-612 & E-614)
April 5 Research Seminar presentation by PhD Student Zhao Li
12 PM CT online and at 7000 Fannin Street, 6th floor
(UCT E-612 & E-614)v
April 12 Transition to Epic presentation by Peter Killoran, MD
& Ryan Walsh, MD
12 PM CT online and at 7000 Fannin Street, 6th floor
(UCT E-612 & E-614)
April 19 Research Seminar presentation by Student Yuntao Yang
12 PM CT online and at 7000 Fannin Street, 6th floor
(UCT E-612 & E-614)
April 26 State of the School presentation by Dean Jiajie Zhang, PhD
12 PM CT online and at 7000 Fannin Street, 6th floor
(UCT E-612 & E-614)
Important Dates

April 7 MS - Capstone Report drafts to Practicum Advisor for review
April 12 Summer 2023 registration opens in myUTH
April 28 Last class day for spring 2023
April 28 PhD - Last Day to Defend Proposal
April 28 Deadline for Removal of Incomplete Grades for fall 2022
May 1 SBMI Spring Poster Session
May 1-5 Final Exams/Evaluations