Registration is open! Virtual Tapia 2020! September 16-19, 2020

2020 Tapia Conference

Charting Your Informatics Career Plan: Pathways Toward Careers in Biomedical Informatics

Thursday, September 17, 2020 — 3:45PM - 4:30PM

During the 2019 Tapia conference, we presented the range of careers and activities in biomedical informatics, including the issues and new opportunities it presents and the different directions people can pursue in the field. During this session, we will delve more deeply into the career pathways and discuss how to get from where one is now to where one wants to go. There is an explosion of activity in using artificial intelligence (AI)/machine learning to improve health, detect disease progression, optimize delivery of healthcare services, and promote scientific discovery, with implications for personalized medicine and public health. However, there are also serious considerations regarding ethical implications of AI/machine learning technology for minority health, and significant issues in health information technology design due to lack of inclusive perspectives. After a brief overview of opportunities and roles, we will open the session up to freewheeling discussion of ‘how to get from here to there’ with examples and resources. Afterwards, students will work in small groups to complete a guide sheet identifying their skills and career goals. Students will have the opportunity to share with the group, where organizers will provide feedback, share insights, and provide resources tailored to their individual career plan. While the interactive portion will focus on students, we welcome all interested conference attendees such as training directors, faculty, and those working in industry to attend and learn about how to execute a career plan in biomedical informatics. We estimate an audience of 40-50.

Yalini Senathirajah, Kim M. Unertl, Tiffani J. Bright