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Executive Master of Science in Biomedical Informatics
One-Week Course in Biomedical Informatics

Biomedical informatics is rapidly changing patient care. Business managers, health care professionals, and community leaders face a daunting task in guiding their organizations through a maze of information technology innovations. To address this transformation, the Department of Biomedical Informatics is offering a set of innovative courses.

After recent University Senate approval, the department will begin offering an in-depth, two-year Executive Master of Science in Biomedical Informatics in August 2006.

In addition, a one-week intensive course in biomedical informatics will be held in the Irving Cancer Research Center in May. The course is designed for professionals working in the field of health care information systems who want to learn more about biomedical informatics, new technologies on the market, and what it means for the future of patient care. The course will cover a broad spectrum of topics including federal health information policy; biology and information systems; clinical information systems; consumer health and illness prevention; and financial decision making; all related to biomedical informatics. The course runs from May 22 to May 26 and costs $3,250 ($2,925 for Columbia faculty, students and employees).

For more information and to register for the courses visit,

NEW LOOK FOR THE LIBRARY After several months of renovation, the Augustus C. Long
The renovated library study space
The renovated library study space
Library in the Hammer Health Sciences Center has a new look. The 4,200-square-foot facelift by Manhattan architecture firm Integrated Design Group includes a new lobby, computer area, quiet and social study spaces. These new spaces are now open 24 hours a day, seven days a week to the entire CUMC community. A cafe on the first level is expected to open in May. “This is a dramatic design, and one that adds tremendous life to this facility. It also demonstrates the administration’s commitment to excellence in education by providing a user-friendly space for which there was an obvious need,” says Pat Molholt, associate vice president for scholarly resources, CUMC, who noted that students offered their input during the design process so their requirements would be met. “It has been used from the moment we opened it, and many students have expressed their delight and appreciation for the new space.”

involved in the AMA student chapter of Columbia took time on a day in January to bring a group of 5th graders from P.S. 218, a Bronx elementary school, to both Morningside and CUMC campuses of Columbia. The dual purpose of the excursion was to get the kids excited about going to college and also to motivate them to live and eat healthfully. The medical students spoke to them about the schooling required to become a professional – many of the students have expressed an interest in medicine – and the importance of diet and exercise to good health. Pictured above: Mona Akbari,P&S’08 with a group of enthusiastic students on the Morningside campus.

AAMC Requests Nominations for 2006 Awards

Each year at its annual meeting the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) presents its major awards honoring individuals and programs making significant contributions to the community. The AAMC is asking for nominations for these awards, which reflect the creativity and diversity of the medical education, research and service enterprise. Information about the awards is available at

Columbia Summer Sports Camps Registering Now

The Department of Intercollegiate Athletics and Physical Education at Columbia University announces a lineup of eight sports camps and the inaugural year of its Cubs Camp program. Every weekday from May 15-31, the department will offer an after school program from 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. The months of June, July and August are packed with eight weeks of Cubs Camp for 6 to 12- year-olds, as well as a variety of sports camps for ages 6 to 18. Sports camps include baseball, men and women’s basketball, field hockey, lacrosse, soccer, wrestling, and volleyball. Visit the camps and clinics Web site at for information about the camps, dates and pricing. Or, contact Katie Jones, director of sports camps at; phone: 212-854-2233.

Garvey Academy Gains Momentum

Garvey Academy Gains Momentum
Photo: Charles Manley
The first fellows of the Glenda Garvey Teaching Academy, which was created in September to recognize excellence, reward achievement and promote innovation among health professionals at CUMC, were introduced in January at the ceremony to mark the opening of the newly renovated library spaces in the Hammer Health Sciences Center.

The multidisciplinary academy includes faculty members from P&S, the College of Dental Medicine (CDM), the Mailman School of Public Health (MSPH) and the School of Nursing (SON). It was named for the late Glenda Garvey, M.D., a P&S alumna and faculty member known as an outstanding clinical and classroom teacher who trained more than 3,000 medical center students. Dr. Garvey died in 2004.

Pictured at the opening, Gerald Fischbach, M.D., executive vice president and dean, with the Garvey scholars and academy director: From left, Jonathan Barasch, M.D., associate professor of medicine and cell biology, P&S; Mary Byrne, Ph.D., professor of nursing, SON; John Zimmerman, D.D.S., associate professor of clinical dentistry, CDM, and associate director, Columbia Center for New Media Teaching and Learning; Thomas Garrett, M.D., professor of clinical medicine, P&S, and director of the Glenda Garvey Teaching Academy; Melissa Begg, Sc.D., professor of clinical biostatistics & director of academic programs, MSPH; Michael Sparer, M.D., professor of health policy, MSPH; Jennifer Dohrn, Ph.D., assistant professor, midwifery program, SON; Blair Ford, M.D., associate professor of clinical neurology, P&S; Anne Peirce, R.N., Ph.D., associate professor clinical nursing and associate dean for academic affairs, SON. Not shown: Jay Lefkowitch, M.D., professor of clinical pathology, P&S; Sharon Schwartz, Ph.D., associate professor of clinical epidemiology, MSPH; David Albert, D.D.S., M.P.H., associate professor of clinical dentistry, CDM, and associate professor of public health, MSPH; and Vicky Evangelidis, D.D.S., M.P.H., associate professor of clinical dentistry and director, Fourth Year Comprehensive Care Program, CDM.