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Midwest regional conference CG report
Midwest Regional conference
Med School IT Constituent Group report
Thanks to everyone who participated in our face-to-face sessions at the Midwest Regional Educause meeting in Chicago last week. Here are my notes. Feel free to share your own thoughts and comments. Btw – this regional conference was wonderful, with some really good talks and a nice environment for networking. If you haven't attended a regional conference, I encourage you to do so.
Two Med School IT Constituent Group sessions were held – a discussion session and a luncheon roundtable.
20 people from 17 different institutions attended the discussion session.
While there were people who worked in medical schools (or academic medical centers), there were many who worked in health science colleges (Nursing, Dentistry, Public Health, Veterinary Science, Pharmacy …). This was in line with what we saw at the national meeting in Philadelphia last November, which had twice as manypeople in the constituent group meeting.
Many topics were of interest to most people –mostly educational technologies such as simulation, EMRs in education, distance learning tools, classroom technologies, mobile devices, and social networks. There was also some interest in research support. One topic that was brought up was the unique needs of IT support at the collegiate level (as opposed to enterprise IT support)
Vince Sheehan and Boyd Knosp lead the discussion. They provided background information and a description of the link between this constituent group and the AAMC Group and Information Resources.
1. Rename CG – because of the broad interest shown in the health sciences (both at the national meeting and then at the Midwest regional meeting), we intend to rename the group “Health Science IT” in the next few months. We are uncertain when this will happen and are encouraging new members to sign-up for the current“Med School IT” mailing list. The description of the group will be more inclusive of all health science schools. Watch mailing list for updates as we work towards this change.
2. Increase use of mailing list - to encourage discussion on the mailing list, we will recruit volunteers to submit “questions of the month”. We currently have 84 people subscribed to the mailing list.
3. Continue to explore programmatic opportunities for the constituent group – watch for news about events for our constituent group at Educause 2012 in Denver this coming November.
4. Encourage CG activities at other regional conferences – for example - need to identify someone to host a luncheon round table at the Southeast Regional Conference at the end of May.
5. Encourage members of the constituent group to participate at the AAMC GIR meeting.
Luncheon Round table:
We had a full table at our luncheon round table. Some people who weren’t able to join the discussion session group. This setting was nice for diving a little deeper – both learning more about other individuals in the group and getting more detailed information on new developments in IT support at their home organization.
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