High School Students Present at National Informatics Symposium

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Six teams partnered with Duke, Stanford, Johns Hopkins, Regenstrief, and Vanderbilt
participate in the AMIA 2014 Annual Symposium

High School Scholars: Building New Paths to Biomedical Informatics Education

(BETHESDA, MD) -- AMIA has launched a new high school development program to encourage interest in the growing field of biomedical informatics.  Eligible students are participating in educational and research partnerships with university biomedical informatics programs in the US. This year six student and teacher/mentor teams from California, Indiana, Maryland, North Carolina and Tennessee will present on November 17 during the AMIA Annual Symposium, November 15-19 in Washington, D.C..

The symposium draws 2500 attendees for an event featuring 600+ papers, panels and posters.  The session, High School Scholars: Building New Paths to Biomedical Informatics Education, provides an opportunity for high school students to present their research activities. All submissions were peer reviewed by members of the AMIA 2014 Scientific Program Committee and additional researchers.

The program was launched by the AMIA 2014 Scientific Program Committee (SPC) Leadership Team Bonnie Westra, PhD, RN, FAAN, FACMI, SPC Chair, University of Minnesota; Anne Turner,  MD, SPC Vice Chair – Applications, University of Washington; Neil Sarkar, PhD, SPC Vice Chair – Foundations, University of Vermont and Christoph Lehmann, MD, FAAP, FACMI, SPC AMIA 2015 Chair Vanderbilt University.

The effort took shape under the guidance of Neil Sarkar, Kim Unertl, PhD, MS, Vanderbilt University, and John T. Finnell, MD, MSc, Regenstrief Institute. Dr. Sarkar notes that, "AMIA has long served graduate and undergraduate students pursing an education in biomedical informatics. This program gives us an opportunity to reach high school students already interested in STEM education and give them a new career pathway to explore."

Along with commitment from the AMIA Board of Directors, funding for this initiative was made possible through individual sponsors: Suzanne Bakken, RN, PhD, FAAN, FACMI, Columbia University; Mark Frisse, MD, MBA, MSc, Vanderbilt University; Kenneth Goodman, PhD, University of Miami; Robert Hoyt, MD, University of West Florida; Kevin Johnson, MD, MS, FACMI, Vanderbilt University; Mark Musen, MD, PhD, Stanford University; Daniel Rubin, MD, MS, Stanford Univeristy; and Peggy Turner, MS, RD/LD, Oklahoma State University. Sponsoring organizations are Duke University, Johns Hopkins University, Regenstrief Institute, Stanford University and Vanderbilt University. Rischelle Jenkins from Vanderbilt University provided logistical support for this inaugural event.

S34: Featured Presentation – High School Scholars: Building New Paths (to Biomedical Informatics Education)
Date: Monday, November 17, 1:45 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. Room: Georgetown (Washington Hilton)

High School Student Presenters

BetweenNet: A Method to Discover New Gene-Disease Associations
Sumeetha Swaminathan, Monta Vista High School; Jack Prescott, Pinewood High School;
Steven Bagley, Russ Altman, Stanford University, California

Exploring Novel Visualizations of Survey Data from Users of Electronic Health Records
Meghana Ganapathiraju, Green Hope High School;
David Borland, RENCI; Vivian West, W. Ed Hammond, Duke University, North Carolina

Quality of Physician Documentation of Breast Cancer Family History
Zeba Kokan, Jon Duke, Regenstrief Institute, Inc., Indiana

Integrating Pathway and Gene Expression Data to Identify Novel Pathway-specific Cancer Drugs
Charles Pei, Upper Arlington High School;
Marina Sirota, Bin Chen, Atul Butte, Stanford University, California

Automating the Measurement of ICU Alarm Reliability
Ethan Pronovost, Suchi Saria, Johns Hopkins University, Maryland

Preemptive HLA Genotyping of HIV Patients for Personalized Medicine
Akhila Ashokan, Josh Peterson, Vanderbilt University, Tennessee