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NLM Georgia Biomedical Informatics Course

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The National Library of Medicine (NLM), in partnership with Augusta University, offers the NLM Georgia Biomedical Informatics course.  The Biomedical Informatics course offers participants a week-long immersive experience in biomedical informatics taught by experts in the field.  The course guides participants through topics including biomedical informatics methods, clinical informatics, big data and imaging, genomics, consumer health informatics, mathematical modeling, and telemedicine and telehealth.

The purpose of the course is to introduce an influential group of health professionals to the benefits of computerized information resources and the application of computer technologies and information science in biomedicine.  The course trains scientists, educators, librarians, physicians and other health professionals in the principles of biomedical informatics and the use of a broad range of information technologies and electronic information resources.

Course details

  • Course attendance is limited to 30 participants per session
  • The course will be held at Brasstown Valley Resort and Spa in Young Harris, GA
  • There is no cost to participants
  • Course information can be found at
  • Application deadlines can be found at the Augusta University web sites, usually in late Fall every year

To Apply (Course Participants)

Application to the course is open to US citizens and permanent residents. Preference is given to applicants who demonstrate that they have the significant need for an understanding of the informatics solutions that are available to address their biomedical research, practice and education challenges and that, through their official position, they are significant “change agents” who can influence the adoption of best practices in their own environment and expand the influence of the course to others through teaching or by example.

Select Faculty, at recent courses are:

  • Joan Ash, MLS, MS, MBA, PhD, Vice Chair, Department of Medical Informatics and Clinical Epidemiology, Oregon Health & Science University
  • Olivier Bodenreider, MD, PhD, Chief, Cognitive Science Branch, National Library of Medicine
  • Wendy Chapman, PhD, Chair, Professor, Department of Biomedical Informatics, University of Utah
  • Christopher Chute, MD, Chief Health Information Research Officer, Johns Hopkins Medicine
  • Kathy Davies, MLS, Associate Director of Research, Augusta University
  • Brian Dixon, MPA, PhD, FHIMSS, Assistant Professor, Department of Epidemiology, Indiana University-Purdue University of Indianapolis
  • Paul Harris, PhD, Professor of Biomedical Informatics, Vanderbilt University
  • William Hersh, MD, Professor and Chair, Department of Medical Informatics & Clinical Epidemiology (DMICE), Oregon Health & Science University
  • Dmitry Kondrashov, PhD, Senior Lecturer, Biological Sciences Collegiate Division, University of Chicago
  • Donald Lindberg, MD, Director Emeritus, National Library of Medicine
  • Rana Morris, PhD, Staff Scientist, National Library of Medicine
  • Jennifer Pakiam, MS, Technical Information Specialist, National Library of Medicine
  • Jessica Smith Schwind, PhD MPH CPH, Department of Biostatistics and Epidemiology, Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University
  • Jeremy Warner, MD, Medicine and Biomedical Informatics, Vanderbilt University

The course is co-directed by Michael J. Ackerman, PhD and Dina Demner-Fushman, MD, PhD.

The co-principal investigators from Augusta University are Brenda L. Seago, MLS, MA, PhD, Professor and Director of Libraries, and Kathy J. Davies, MLS, Chair, Research and Education Services, Robert B. Greenblatt, MD Library.

History and Articles about the course

The course began in 1993 first as a once-a-year course, and later offered twice a year to 30 participants in each session, Spring and Fall. For the first 20 years of the course it was presented at the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) in Woods Hole, MA; beginning in 2014 the course was presented at the Brasstown Valley Resort and Spa, in conjunction with Augusta University, GA.

Articles about the course:

How to record participation in the course: Fellow, National Library of Medicine Georgia Biomedical Informatics Course, MM DD - MM DD, YYYY. Sponsored by the National Library of Medicine.

NLM has funded and shaped biomedical informatics education and training for 35 years, including programs to reach physicians and other health care professionals, biomedical science faculty, librarians, and students.  In the coming years a greatly expanded and more diverse workforce of health care professionals, informaticians and librarians trained in informatics will be needed to develop and deploy systems to support basic, clinical, and translational research, to support telemedicine and electronic health records, and to support the use of literature and genomic databases.

Augusta University is one of four public comprehensive research institutions in the state of Georgia, home to the Medical College of Georgia and the state’s sole dental college. The University traces its roots to 1828, and in its present-day incarnation boasts nine colleges and schools with nearly 10,000 students.