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Program in Biomedical and Health Informatics

During the past two years, the Carver College of Medicine (CCOM) and Office of Strategic Investments has sponsored training programs for developing informatics skills among early career faculty, residents, fellows, and selected staff, through coursework known as the AMIA 10 x 10 program.  The CCOM aims to build an Informatics community to develop a cadre of faculty, residents, fellows, and staff practicing at University of Iowa Health Care (UIHC) with Informatics skills to improve their clinical practice and advance scientific scholarship in this field.

The AMIA 10x10 course

The course provides a detailed overview of biomedical and health informatics to those who will work at the interface of healthcare and information technology (IT). It also provides a broad understanding of the field from the vantage point of those who implement, lead, and develop IT solutions for improving health, healthcare, public health, and biomedical research. 

An overview of the AMIA 10x10 program with a brief video of William Hersch, MD is available at https://www.amia.org/amia10x10/ohsu.  Dr. Hersh was a principal in creating the program with the American Medical Informatics Associateion (AMIA) during 2005.  Links are provided on this page to course descriptions, an introductory video by Dr. Hersh, and frequently asked questions (FAQs).  

CCOM faculty member Dr. Matthew Rysavy (Pediatrics) states "The AMIA 10x10 program allowed me to better appreciate the scope, terminology, and major questions and focus areas of biomedical and clinical informatics.  As a physician and clinical researcher, the program provided insights and practical skills to help with my own work." 

Interested in completing this coursework?

We are funding a limited numnber of faculty, residents, and fellows to complete this coursework during the period of April 7 through July 21, 2021.  An application form is available online which must be submitted by March 24.  In addition to completing the online coursework, participants are expected to write and present a final paper which may be considered for publication or presentation. 

The CCOM Informatics Community

We have established a community of CCOM Informaticists who are applying these skills in their work at UIHC.  You are invited to join us with presentations, journal clubs, and other activities.


January 14, 2021: Presentation by Mark Santillan, MD, PhD, Associate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology
February 11, 2021: Meeting with Jim Blum, MD, UI Health Care Chief Medical Information Officer 
March 11, 2021: Presentation by Jacob Michaelson, PhD, Associate Professor of Psychiatry
April 8, 2021: Presentation by Christina Cifra, MD, Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
May 13, 2021: Presentations by Kenneth Nepple, MD, Clinical Associate Professor of Urology, Donghai Dai, MD, PhD, Visiting Associate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, and Matthew Rysavy, MD, PhD, Fellow Physician in Pediatrics
June 10, 2021: Presentation by Nick Street, PhD, Professor of Business Analytics, Tippie College of Business
July 8, 2021: Presentation by Betsy Chrischilles, PhD, Professor and Head of Epidemiology, College of Public Health
August 12, 2021: Presentation by Boyd Knosp, MS, FAMIA, Associate Dean for IT, and Heath Davis, MS, MLIS, Assistant Director for Biomedical Informatics (ICTS)
September 9, 2021: Presentation by Mary Vaughan-Sarrazin, PhD, Associate Professor of Internal Medicine



For more information, contact Dr. Kirk T. Phillips, Director of Biomedical and Health Informatics Development at kirk-phillips@uiowa.edu or (319) 430-9566.