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Andrea Wright, information services coordinator and technology librarian at the USA Biomedical Library, recently attended the National Library of Medicine (NLM) Georgia Biomedical Informatics Course in Young Harris, Ga. The course, designed for medical educators, medical librarians, medical administrators, and clinical practitioners, was a week-long experience applying informatics theory and hands-on practice to solving current health care issues.
“Some of the courses on information resources will help me directly in my work as a reference librarian, connecting faculty and students to available biomedical data and information,” said Wright. “While it’s hard to pick a part of the week that was most informative,” Wright believed that “being able to connect the people at USA with innovative methods and ideas in their research is the most exciting part of the experience.”
The course covered topics from genomics, to natural language processing, to electronic health records and health information exchanges. “There were other courses dealing with management and processes for technology implementation that will be useful as I perform my work engaging with technology in the library, and consulting with patrons about technology in research, teaching, and practice,” Wright added.
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