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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 here.  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 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 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: February 9, 2023 | 12:00-1:00pm | via Zoom  Request the zoom link

Presentation Information: "Designing a complex neonatal ICU database for internal QI and research network reporting"

 Keith Burrell and Samuel Wong


Keith Burrell, BA,  Senior Application Developer, Health Care Information Systems

Samuel Wong, DO, MS, Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatrics-Neonatology, Stead Family Dept. of Pediatrics

Keith Burrell is a Senior Application Developer at the University of Iowa in Iowa City, Iowa. UI Health Care is a fully integrated academic medical center that includes University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics (UIHC), UI Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine and University of Iowa Physicians. Keith has 9 Years of experience in reporting and analytics and uses this expertise to help Departments, Providers and researchers with their data needs. Keith earned his bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from University of Iowa.

Sam Wong is a Board-Certified Pediatrician and Neonatologist with academic interests in teaching, quality improvement, data science and health informatics.  Sam also completed a Master’s in Clinical Research at Indiana University with an emphasis in informatics.  His scholarly work addresses expired tidal volume variation in ELBW and VLBW infants on volume-targeted ventilation utilizing multi-parameter, non-parametric data techniques.

This presentation will address the creation of a division specific patient database using EMR abstraction to assist in the tracking internal metrics and participation in data reporting to multiple research networks.  We will discuss the unique nuances of the data in the neonatal intensive care unit and hurdles in abstracting highly granular data from the EMR.  We seek to solicit feedback and suggestions on future growth and directions for the database. 

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.


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