Master of Science in Applied Clinical Informatics

The inaugural class of students in the Master of Science in Applied Clinical Informatics (MSACI) Program completed their first year in July. This class is on track to graduate in May 2018. A second cohort of students started in August bringing the total number of MSACI students to 10. The following highlights significant scholarly contributions from two members of the inaugural class, including a poster presentation accepted for the Annual Meeting of the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA).

Jake Lancaster, MD, MSHA, MSACI candidate, contributed to the following scholarly papers and presentations:

  • Cimino JJ, Lancaster WJ, Wyatt WC. Classification of Clinical Research Study Eligibility Criteria to Support Multi-Stage Cohort Identification Using Clinical Data Repositories. Medinfo, Hangzhou, China. August 2017. Oral Presentation
  • Wang AY, Lancaster WJ, Wyatt MC, Rasmussen LV, Fort DG, Cimino JJ. Classifying Clinical Trial Eligibility Criteria to Facilitate Phased Cohort Identification Using Clinical Data Repositories. Accepted for AMIA Symposium. November 2017
  • Jerome RN, Pulley JM, Roden DM, Shirley-Rice JK, Bastarache LA, Bernard G, Ekstrom L, Lancaster WJ, Denny JC. Using human 'experiments of nature' to predict drug safety issues: an example with PCSK9 inhibitors. Submitted to Drug Safety

Highlights from Wael Alrifai, MD, MSACI candidate, include the following:

  • Dr. Alrifai's paper "A Parenteral Protein Decision Support System Improves Protein Delivery In Preterm Infants: A Randomized Clinical Trial" was accepted for publication in the Journal of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition, the official journal of the American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (ASPEN). (Last month)
  • His poster presentation at the ASPEN meeting: “Evaluation of standards-driven clinical decision support effects on improving safety of parenteral nutrition orders in a computerized provider order entry system”. (Feb 2017).  This poster won the Abstract of Distinction Award.
  • Dr. Alrifai was chosen as Vanderbilt’s Katherine Dodd scholar for this year.

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