Awards and Honors for OHSU at AMIA 2021

Informatics faculty, students, and alumni from the Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) informatics program were delighted to attend the AMIA 2021 Annual Symposium, held in person in San Diego from October 29-November 3. The in-person conference attendance was about half its usual level due to the pandemic, but there were many presentations and awards, including a number involving OHSU faculty, students, and alumni.

The awards included OHSU informatics graduate student Sarah Florig (see right), who won the Student Paper Competition for her paper, Chart Completion Time of Attending Physicians While Using Medical Scribes. Her research assessed a purported benefit for the use of scribes in outpatient settings to increase completion of patient documentation by physicians. She found that there was a high level of variability among physicians and their specialties in rates of chart completion when scribes were available to them. Faculty mentors for Ms. Florig’s work include Nicole Weiskopf, PhD, Jeffrey Gold, MD, and Vishnu Mohan, MD, MBI.

Recent postdoc graduate Adam Rule, PhD was a finalist for the Distinguished Paper Award for his paper, Comparing Scribed and Non-scribed Outpatient Progress Notes. Dr. Rule was mentored by faculty Michelle Hribar, PhD.

A program alumnus, Adam Wright, PhD (see right), now a Professor in the Department of Biomedical Informatics at Vanderbilt University, was awarded the AMIA Donald A.B. Lindberg Award for Innovation in Informatics. Of note, DMICE Chair William Hersh, MD won this award in 2008.

Finally, Joan Ash, PhD was honored as a Distinguished Fellow of the American College of Medical Informatics (ACMI), the honorific society for the academic informatics field.

“It was so wonderful to be back in person with our best professional colleagues and friends for the first time in nearly two years,” said Dr. Hersh. “I am also proud of the awards won by our faculty, students, and alumni.”

OHSU also hosted its usual Dessert Reception, with 18 faculty, students, and alumni in attendance shown in the group photo below.

Below is a list of all presentations by OHSU faculty and students at the conference.

Friday October 29
Steven Chamberlin, ND, MS
Teaching applied data science and machine learning model development and implementation to health and clinical informatics students

Saturday, October 30
Nicole Weiskopf, PhD
Exploring mechanisms to examine racial biases within a LHS framework
William Hersh, MD
10×10 with OHSU In-person Session (10×10 students only)

Sunday, October 31
Sarah Florig
Chart Completion Time of Attending Physicians While Using Medical Scribes
Wei-Chun Lin, MD
Extraction of Active Medications and Adherence Using Natural Language Processing for Glaucoma Patients
Adam Rule, PhD
Comparing Scribed and Non-scribed Outpatient Progress Notes

Monday, November 1
William Hersh, MD
Panel – Career Development Issues for Women in Biomedical Informatics within Professional Organizations

Tuesday, November 2
David Dorr, MD, MS
Panel – Stewardship Considerations in the Development and Implementation of Shareable SMART on FHIR Applications: Case Studies on Multiple Chronic Condition Care Planning and Chronic Pain Management

Wednesday, November 3
Benjamin Collins, MD
Examining the Sociotechnical Process of Clinical Photography to Encourage Photo Diversity in Medical Education

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