2014 ACMI Winter Symposium

Open to ACMI Fellows only.

Note: 2014 Membership dues for ACMI and AMIA must be paid by January 30 in order to attend the ACMI Winter Symposium.

What Makes us Special?: The Genotype and Phenotype of Informatics through the Lens of Personalized Medicine

  • Symposium open to ACMI Fellows only. The Symposium registration will be conducted entirely on-line.
  • Hotel reservations must be made by telephone calling the hotel. Details on both below.

BMI as a field – and AMIA, to the extent that AMIA represents BMI -- are at a crossroads. What is our unique contribution to science and biomedicine? How should we position ourselves relative to other fields and organizations that are related to HIT?

Precision (or personalized) health care is an intriguing example of a domain where BMI may have a unique role to play. Precision health care is fundamentally an information problem that requires an integration of data from multiple sources, transformation of these data into meaningful, actionable information and interpreted in the context of knowledge.

This ACMI symposium is focused on the role of biomedical informatics (BMI). Multiple fields have overlapping interests with BMI. Clinical specialties and their affiliated organizations have compelling interests in health IT (HIT). Computational biology is a thriving field and computational biologists do not necessarily see themselves as informaticians. Finally, a very large and active community is focused on HIT. Although some HIT practitioners see themselves as applied informaticians, this view is not universal. What is the role of BMI in this crowded landscape?

In 2009 we considered the role of BMI in personalized health care. In 2014, we will examine the role of BMI in biomedicine (generally). Thus, in 2014, we will focus on the implications of personalized health care to BMI, as opposed to what BMI can do to enable personalized health care.

As is the tradition with ACMI Winter Symposium, the program will include ample time for reflections and discussion by the entire group. The official dress code of the 2013 symposium is business casual, including the dinner and activity on Saturday evening.

Preliminary Schedule of Events and Program

Thursday, February 13, 2014
5:00 - 8:00 PMWelcome Reception and Buffet Dinner (Room: Oasis Lagoon)
7:00 PM – 9:00 PMOptional Self-guided Activity – Scottsdale ArtWalk

Friday, February 14, 2014
7:30 – 8:00 AMContinental Breakfast (Room: Sky/Star/Rain/Cloud)
8:00 – 12:30 PM Day 1 Scientific Session (Room: Sky/Star/Rain/Cloud)
8:00 – 8:15 AM Opening remarks by Alexa McCray and Elmer Bernstam
8:15-9:15 AMTowards Biomedical Research as a Digital Enterprise (Phil Bourne)
9:15 - 9:30 AM Discussion (Moderator: Ted Shortliffe)
9:30 – 10:15AM Personalized Therapy in the Real World (Funda Meric-Bernstam)
10:15 - 10:30 AMBreak
10:30 - 11:15 AMThe Amplification of Informatics Challenges in the Era of Genomic Medicine (Ted Shortliffe)
11:15 AM - 12:00 PM Informatics Products for Personalized Health Care (Mark Frisse)
12:00 – 12:15 PMDiscussion – (Moderator: Elmer Bernstam)
12:30 – 5:30 PMFree time for collegial activities
1:00 PM – 5:00 PM Optional Outing: Sonoran Desert Jeep Tour (additional fee of $95 per person)
5:30 – 7:00 PMHospitality Reception (dinner on own) (Room: Sun/Moon)

Saturday, February 15, 2014
7:30 – 8:00 AM Continental Breakfast (Room: Sky/Star/Rain/Cloud)
8:00 – 12:00 PM Day 2 Scientific Session (Room: Sky/Star/Rain/Cloud)
8:00 – 8:05 AM Introduction to Day 2 (Elmer Bernstam)
8:05 – 9:30 AM Panel: How Should the EHR Evolve to Support Personalized Medicine? (Gilad Kuperman)
9:30 – 10:00 AM Role of AMIA in Biomedicine (Blackford Middleton)
10:00 – 10:20 AMBreak
10:20 – 11:40 AMPanel: Secondary Data (Re)use (Christopher Chute)
11:40 – 12:00 PMDiscussion – (Moderator: Christopher Chute)
12:30 PM Informal gathering of ACMI Historians
12:00 – 6:00 PMFree time/collegial activities
6:00 – 9:00 PM Reception, dinner and activity (Room: Earth/Air/Fire)
6:00 – 7:00 PM Reception
7:00 – 9:00 PM Dinner and activity

Sunday, February 16, 2014
7:30 to 8:00 AM Continental breakfast (Room: Sky/Star/Rain/Cloud)
8:00 to 10:30 AM Day 3 Scientific Session (Room: Sky/Star/Rain/Cloud)
8:00 AM – 9:30 AM Panel: Integrated BMI vs. Set of Sub-Disciplines (James Cimino)
9:30 AM – 9:45 AM Break
9:45 AM – 10:30 AM Discussion (Moderator: Rebecca Crowley)
10:30 AM Adjourn

Scientific Program Committee: Elmer Bernstam (Chair), Christopher Chute, Rebecca Crowley, Gilad Kuperman, Edward Shortliffe

About the 2014 ACMI Winter Symposium

The annual winter symposium is a four-day event, consisting of three days of four- hour morning sessions for plenary and breakout discussions, with afternoons and evenings dedicated to recreational and social activities.

We kick-off the event with a welcome reception and buffet on Thursday evening following by an optional, self-guided tour of the Old Town Scottsdale ArtWalk, when member galleries of the Scottsdale Gallery Association open their doors to the public and show off the work of the Southwest’s artists. The galleries are open from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. (please visit http://scottsdalegalleries.com/about/scottsdale-artwalk/ for more information).

On Friday afternoon fellows and their guests are able to participate in an optional jeep tour of the Sonoran Desert. The tickets for the jeep tour are $95 per person and may be purchased at the time of registration.

Throughout the weekend, fellows and families come together for continental breakfasts and hospitality time. We cap the social activities with a dinner and a magic show on Saturday evening.

About the Destination

FireSky Resort & Spa, A Kimpton Hotel
4925 N. Scottsdale Road
Scottsdale, AZ 85251
Reservations: 1-800-528-7867
Hotel: 1-480-945-7666

Hotel Reservation

Rate: $219 single/double plus tax and a daily $3 housekeeping gratuity and a one-time porterage gratuity of $9.

Please make your reservation by calling 1-800-528-7867 and pressing #1. Please request 2014 ACMI Winter Symposium rate. The discounted room block cut-off is January 16, 2014 or whenever the block is filled, whichever comes first. Reservations received after that are subject to availability and the prevailing rate.


Registration CategoryFee Level of Participation
Fellow/International Associate$660 Full participation
Guest$440 Full participation
Young Adult (12 – 21 years old) $220 Full participation
Child (<=10 years old) FreeFull participation

The collegial environment of the symposium requires a fairly small group and, traditionally, we have had a policy of limiting registration. We have not established a formal registration limit this year, but we encourage you to register early. All registrants must have their 2014 ACMI dues paid to participate.

Full participation for the fellow and guest categories include Thursday evening welcome buffet dinner; buffet breakfasts on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday mornings breakfast; Friday evening hospitality reception; Saturday night dinner and activity, and morning program sessions. Young Adults can participate in the evening welcome buffet dinner; buffet breakfasts on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday mornings; Friday evening reception and Saturday night event, and morning program sessions. Children can participate in welcome buffet dinner and the buffet breakfasts on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday mornings. Fees also include three (3) complimentary bar tickets and soft drinks.

Your guest is encouraged to not only accompany you to the symposium, but also to participate in the morning sessions. This gives them a glimpse at the issues in informatics. This is also a great chance to relax and enjoy the resort and local area. In the past, several fellows have brought their children, and children of all ages are more than welcome at the symposium.

Cancellation Policy

You may cancel your symposium registration at any time up until February 3, 2014 for a full refund minus a $50 administrative fee. After February 3, 2014, we are committed to the hotel and no refunds will be issued.

ACMI Symposium cancellation does not constitute a cancellation of your hotel room. You should directly contact the resort to cancel your reservation and check the cancellation policy to avoid a penalty.