by: Fatima Barnes, Ed.D, MPH, MSIS; Library Director, and Assistant Professor Graduate Studies and Research, Meharry Medical College Library, Nashville, TN.
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Fatima Barnes was one of the few librarians selected to participate in the Fall Biomedical Informatics course sponsored by the National Library of Medicine (NLM) and Georgia Regents University. Located two hours or so from the Atlanta Airport, Brasstown Valley in Young Harris is surrounded by the North Georgia Mountains, making the environment conducive for this fast-paced, enlightening, and fun, one week course. During the workshop lectures and discussions, time was allocated for social interactions with renowned scientists and researchers. In addition, this resort facility provided the opportunity for swimming, good food, and appreciating the beauty of nature through the hiking trails.
Other selected applicants worked in health industries and government owned medical agencies. The workshop covered numerous introductory and complex topics ranging from Genetics, Big Data and the Cloud, Telehealth and Imaging Informatics. Familiar topics to librarians included NLM resources, Genomics, and Consumer Health/Social Media databases. One unique topic which I particularly enjoyed was testing the technologies associated with Disaster Informatics. The diverse nature of librarians, nurses, researchers, and scientists made discussions and group collaboration fascinating.
Dr. Seago and her staff are well deserving of this Bioinformatics Workshop Contract Award. I encourage librarians to consider this opportunity and apply for this workshop to enhance their educational background. An important criteria in selection of applicants is the willingness for participants to apply acquired knowledge with their institutions. Since her return from this workshop, Fatima and her staff are developing “best practices” of supporting clinical and translational research at Meharry Medical College.
Applications for the Spring and Fall 2015 programs are currently being accepted.
Application information can be found at http://gru.edu/library/greenblatt/informaticscourse/apply.php
Course information can be found at http://gru.edu/library/greenblatt/informaticscourse/index.php
Application Deadline for Spring 2015 and Fall 2015: December 15, 2014, 8:00 AM EDT.