Medical school informatics performs well at the 2022 Academic Medical Informatics Conference in New York


The AAMC conference, sponsored by the Information Resources Group, took place in New York from June 1-3 and was attended by nine members of the IT School of Medicine. Computing colleagues presented on a variety of topics ranging from research to academic and medical teaching technologies and had the opportunity to network and collaborate with colleagues from reputable schools in the United States and Canada.


Nine of the UNC School of Medicine’s IT professionals attended the 2022 Information Technology in Academic Medicine conference sponsored by the Information Resources Group in New York City from May 1-3 June. They joined hundreds of other CIOs, CTOs, librarians, data innovators, and a host of other academic medical informatics specialists for three days of intensive sessions.

“These are medical and health affairs informatics from schools across the country,” says Sten Swenson, Director of Academic Technology Services, adding “This is by far the most valuable professional community I have ever come across. part.” Ken Langley, Director of Computing Research agrees. “It’s a great opportunity to meet, connect and learn from other really smart colleagues – to collaborate and bond to help solve the problems we face.”

The conference began with a tour of NYU Grossman School of Medicine and included tours of several areas of NYU Langone’s main campus, including lecture halls, seminar rooms, the NYU Sid and Ruth Lapidus Health Sciences Library, the new science at the cutting edge of technology. Building and the New York Simulation Center at Bellevue Hospital. Attendees also had the opportunity to meet and ask questions of Dr. Marc Triola, Associate Dean for Educational Computing at NYU Langone Health (who was also a keynote speaker at the conference). Dr. Triola shared his vision for “precision education,” using AI tools to personalize medical education for each unique learner in a specialized and efficient way.

During the conference, UNC attendees had the opportunity to learn and network with peers, and they presented a variety of topics in collaboration with colleagues from sister institutions across the country. Charles Thayer, infrastructure support analyst, and Ken Langley, along with speakers from Weill Cornell Medicine and Harvard Medical School, shared their insights into the early and middle stages of developing a disaster management program. research data. They described successes and challenges related to their experiences in developing policies and procedures, researcher buy-in, and opportunities for optimizing storage solutions for cost-effectiveness, computing, and research data sharing.

Amy Cole and Sten Swenson presented their insights and lessons learned on training users of enterprise digital solutions, which they did in coordination with speakers from the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and NYU Langone Health. When asked what it was like to collaborate with professionals from these respected institutions, Amy Cole, Project Manager at SOM IT, said, “We have so much in common, including our challenges. It was insightful hearing the stories and understanding the maturity level of other schools and getting to know them professionally and personally. »

Evan Marsh, Student Systems Manager, alongside professionals from Stanford Medicine, Washington State University, Albert Einstein College of Medicine and UCI School of Medicine, presented the topic Making It Work; Support strategies for small workforces during turnover. Evan then co-led another presentation with Wesley Leonhardt, Student Systems Analyst, sharing UNC School of Medicine’s successes and challenges in implementing a medical student iPad program in tandem with speakers from the UC San Diego School of Medicine, Washington State University Elson S Floyd Collage of Medicine and UC Irvine School of Medicine. “Our presentation focused on the tablet implementation and key data points from our technology survey, highlighting student feedback,” says Wesley, adding “It was great to hear other institutions’ unique approaches to managing and supporting their student iPad programs. UC Irvine School of Medicine has an iPad program for students from Apple unveiled the original iPad over a decade ago. After hearing the rich history of their iPad program, I was impressed with the progress the program has made, with students today having access to digital doctor bags that can be verified, allowing students to access medical devices that work directly with the iPad. , similar to butterfly ultrasonic devices available to UNC SOM students.

Topics varied across the spectrum of academic and medical education technologies, including sessions on research storage strategies, enterprise digital solutions, data science, cloud computing, and curricula. medical, to name a few. Amy Cole, who served on the GIR planning committee, also highlighted the importance of the work done within the Information Resources Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (GIRDI) Task Force. Amy Rogers, executive assistant to the chief information officer of the UNC School of Medicine, attended the conference with an eye to the work being done at medical universities across the country to make technology and education more diverse, inclusive and equitable healthcare. “It was great to hear so many speakers share their experiences in the DEI space over the past few years,” she says. “What my colleagues at GIRDI have demonstrated is that while technology is a tool that can help us make medical education more equitable, we need to be aware of the real risks and consequences that can result from things like faulty coding or algorithms. But the resounding message was whether you are a technologist or an administrator and whether you serve students, learners, researchers or clinicians, aligning your mission with DEI goals and strategies is a win-win situation for organizations and their communities.

This conference was a diverse representation of expertise whose collective knowledge enhanced mutual understanding of the technological challenges and solutions that exist in medical education. Academic medicine is unique and requires a unique set of IT skills and tools. The AAMC GIR brings together thought leaders from across the United States and Canada to tackle our industry’s toughest challenges. These collaborations generate real solutions that member schools take home to bring about positive change in their schools.

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