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Program in Biomedical and Health Informatics

During the past three 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 Hersh, MD is available here.  Dr. Hersh was a principal in creating the program with the American Medical Informatics Association (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 number of faculty, residents, and fellows to complete this coursework.  An application form is available online.  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 Biomedical and Health 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. Previous meeting information and links to recorded presentations can be found here.

Next Meeting: December 14, 2023 | 12:00-1:00pm | via Zoom 

Presentation:  "Computable Phenotyping in Pragmatic Clinical Trials and Learning Health Systems"

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Rachel Richesson, PhD, MPH, FACMI


Rachel Richesson, PhD, MPH, FACMI
Professor of Informatics & Learning Health Sciences
University of Michigan Medical School, Department of Learning Health Sciences



Learning Health Systems thrive with use of real-world data from electronic health record (EHR) systems in both observational and interventional research to generate real-world evidence. Computable phenotypes are specified definitions that can be used to identify patients with particular clinical conditions through computerized queries to EHR systems or data repositories using defined data elements, codes, and logical expressions. Computable phenotypes can facilitate research and learning by supporting the identification of patient populations, the delivery of clinical interventions, and the assessment of outcomes. The sharing and re-use of computable phenotypes can enhance the efficiency of pragmatic research and the dissemination of evidence-based interventions into real-world settings. This talk will discuss current platforms for identifying existing computational phenotypes as well as challenges and strategies for their implementation and validation in learning health systems.

If you are interested to present at future meetings in 2024, please contact Lindsey Knake

Program Director

Dr. Lindsey Knake, MD, MS


Dr. Lindsey Knake, MD, MS
Director, Biomedical & Health Informatics Development
(319) 353-6368


Clinical Informatics Journal Club

The Clinical Informatics Journal Club, hosted by Dr. Lindsey Knake, meets the 3rd Tuesday of every other month. The next Journal Club meeting is scheduled for December 2022, from 3 - 4 pm via Zoom or in person in 7830-C JPP.  To receive a Zoom link, please contact Marian Carson.