The last full day of sessions contained great topics and served as entryways to keep learning more.
Session #1: Controlled Vocabularies and Semantic Standards –Olivier Bodenreider, MD, PhD
- A great introduction to some core controlled vocabularies and ontologies in use today. Great emphasis on caution with adopting one without knowing its limitations.
- The hands-on exercises depended heavily on websites to work; unfortunately we had too many people trying to access the same pages at once and not enough bandwidth.
- We all signed up for a UMLS license but we didn’t do anything with it. Spoke with him later and he thought a workshop session was going to cover it. Oh well.
Session #2: EHRs, APIs, and Apps –Jeremy Warner, MD
- ALL. THE. THINGS. Plus, fascinating look at the history of medical records and how we got to where we are today.
- Would’ve liked to learn more about API programming.
Session #3: Natural Language Processing Support for Clinical Tasks –Dina Demner-Fushman, MD, PhD
- Nice introduction to natural language processing.
- Wish the hands-on portion was better explained and we actually were able to go in and do some annotation.
Session #4: Organizational Issues in Biomedical Informatics –Kim Unertl, PhD
- Another amazingly engaging speaker! We had lots of thought-provoking discussions.
- Organizational issues is a topic we hardly ever talk about and really impacts the way we work so I’m glad it was on the program.
And then evening adventures…
We had a fun “hayride” to a fancy barn for a sit-down meal. Afterwards a smaller group of us went to the Rollins Planetarium at Young Harris College. We saw “Back to the Moon for Good” which was narrated by Tim Allen. Somehow I missed that there exists prize money for going to the moon through the Google Lunar XPRIZE.
Side note: I broke down and had cheesecake at lunch AND chocolate lava cake at dinner. They were really good! 😅