By Francisco J. Fajardo, Clinical Engagement Librarian; Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine Medical Library, Miami FL.
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After a short flight to Atlanta, Georgia, Dr. Brenda Seago and staff at Augusta University greeted participants before embarking on a drive to the Brasstown Valley Resort located in Young Harris, Georgia. This quiet setting in the North Georgia Mountains provided the perfect atmosphere for an intensive weeklong course in biomedical informatics. Some of highlighted topics (familiar to librarians) included disaster informatics, NLM resources, controlled vocabularies, genomics, and electronic medical records. The top researchers in these fields facilitated all the workshops, which provided excellent discussion and supplemental materials to the participants.
The course is an excellent way to immerse yourself into the field and learn from experts. One particular workshop I enjoyed was the Clinical Research Informatics workshop, taught by the creator of the REDCap Research Electronic Data Capture program, Dr. Paul Harris, PhD. Dr. Harris presented on the uses of this software in clinical research and data management in the health sciences. I thought this was a useful tool when working with clinical staff. Attendees then had a hands-on workshop using the software. We participated in many other hands-on workshops in the evenings throughout the week that included exercises in information retrieval, big data, cloud computing, and the future of informatics in other fields.
The selected participants came from a diverse pool of applicants. Among the 26 selected, you have librarians, physicians, nurses, hospital administrators, and researchers with varying years of experience in their fields. This group grew closer as the week passed while enjoying the surroundings of this mountain resort. Between these workshops, the group was treated to great food and hospitality by staff. It was a great opportunity to network with other professionals and bring back skills to your institution.
For more information regarding this program, please visit: http://www.augusta.edu/library/greenblatt/informaticscourse/.