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Biomedical informatics professionals use computational tools to assess and manage medical and public health information for patient care and research programs. Professionals have the knowledge and skills to help improve human health through their own research and by aiding other researchers in the use of large amounts of data that are beyond the ability of commonly used software tools to process and manage. The Department of Biomedical Informatics at UAMS offers several opportunities for education and training in the field of biomedical informatics.

 

Biomedical Informatics Research & Application Seminar

This seminar provides exposure to current research and application in Biomedical Informatics and the faculty, trainees, and other experts conducting it. Topics include ongoing research, research results, and translation of findings into practice and reflect the breadth of ongoing work across Biomedical Informatics as a discipline. The seminar is open through to the general public. It is available online and on campus. Click here for more information.

UAMS Sponsored Clinical Informatics Study Group and Board Review Course

A weekly on-line and in-person Board Preparation course group will be start at UAMS on June 6, 2017. Participation is free to Arkansas physicians. We recommend that participants register for the AMIA practice exam package. The study group will cover the exam content (one or two topics per week) and will review and discuss practice questions. Click here for more information.

Graduate Degree Programs in Biomedical Informatics

The Arkansas Department of Higher Education recently approved the three graduate degrees — Doctorate of Philosophy, Master of Science and Professional Master’s — and a Graduate Certificate Program in biomedical informatics at UAMS.

“Biomedical informatics is a driving force behind personalized medicine, enabling innovative, customized treatments for individual patients,” said Executive Vice Chancellor and College of Medicine Dean Pope L. Moseley, M.D. “The state’s approval of these advanced biomedical informatics degrees will position UAMS to be a national leader in one of the fastest growing research fields.”

“Our vision is to build a nationally recognized graduate program in biomedical informatics,” said Fred Prior, Ph.D., chair of the Department of Biomedical Informatics in the College of Medicine. “We will do so by first focusing on understanding and meeting the significant biomedical informatics workforce needs of our state.”

As the state’s only academic medical center, Prior said, UAMS has an obligation to serve Arkansas in this way. Meeting this goal will forge a strong, biomedical informatics graduate program that will contribute to meeting state and national workforce needs across the major sub-areas of biomedical informatics, including:

  •  Translational bioinformatics. This degree program is for researchers using data in cellular- and molecular-level studies such as a study of genes producing a protein that has a role in disease. The field also includes pre-clinical data as development and testing begins for new drug targets, compounds or devices.
  • Imaging informatics. Training in imaging informatics, offered only a few places nationally, includes the latest methods of managing and interpreting images used in research. It also includes coursework for imaging professionals, such as those who run a hospital’s picture, archiving and communication (PAC) system where images such as CT scans, X-rays, and MRIs are stored.
  • Clinical informatics. This program is for those interested in generating, managing and using information in health care settings, such as predicting patients who are likely to respond well to treatment.
  • Clinical research informatics. UAMS is the first program in the country to offer both specific training and graduate degrees in Clinical Research Informatics, which involves use of data to design, conduct and report clinical studies.

“Adding these biomedical informatics degrees strengthens our curriculum and will be a significant draw for students nationally,” said Graduate School Dean Robert E. McGehee Jr., Ph.D. “Both master’s options can be completed in two years with full-time enrollment, and the Ph.D. can be completed in four years, though for most individuals we anticipate five years.” Click here for more information.