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    Work Groups - GIR

    Learn more about the Data-Driven Academic Medical Centers, Diversity and Inclusion, Education Technology, and Research Technology Work Groups. 

    Data-Driven Academic Medical Centers Work Group

    The Data-Driven Academic Medical Centers (DDAMC) Work Group seeks to provide a forum for ideas and discussion around creating and continuously improving data-driven decision making across the academic medicine community by sharing knowledge and enabling academic medical centers to leverage new and existing data to inform the decisions across their missions, strategic initiatives, and daily operations. This cross-cutting work group is led by chairpersons coming from the Group on Information Resources, Group on Business Affairs, and Group on Institutional Planning and is open to all AAMC constituents, with the goal of building a community of members who are interested in data-driven decision making and taking part in collaborative opportunities and projects surrounding data-driven activities and initiatives. Work group members are expected to participate on monthly calls, volunteer for and/or help to find speakers for monthly presentations around topics that the group considers timely, as well as to contribute resources (e.g., articles, dashboards, screenshots).

    Data-Driven Academic Medical Centers Work Group: Scope and Approach (PDF)

    Please contact gir@aamc.org if you are interested in joining this work group. 

    Co-Chairs

    Karla Loya, CPA, MBA
    Director, Decision Support Analytics, Finance & Administration
    University of Texas Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine
    GBA Member 

    Tim Muth, MS
    Senior Planner, Medical School Facilities
    University of Michigan Medical School
    GIP Member

    Christen White, MS 
    Assistant Director, Academic and Learning Technologies, Data Services
    University of Washington School of Medicine
    GIR Member

    Diversity and Inclusion Work Group

    The GIR Diversity and Inclusion Work Group (GIRDI) is open to all members of the AAMC community and welcomes all who have an interest in learning about, promoting and championing diversity and inclusion in informatics. Work Group participants will share promising practices around the support and promotion of diversity efforts in IT: plan for webinars and conference presentations that highlight efforts at our member institutions and encourage dialogue around cultivating our future IT workforce.

    Please contact gir@aamc.org if you are interested in joining this work group. 

    Co-Chairs

    Toni Allen, MPA, OHCC, CIFHA
    Special Assistant to Senior Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs
    Rutgers New Jersey Medical School

    Raj Chawla, MPH
    Faculty Technology Liaison
    Larner College of Medicine Technology Services
    Dean’s Advisory Committee on Diversity & Inclusion (DACDI)
    University of Vermont

    Steering Committee Liaison

    Courtney Terry
    Assistant Director, Information Technology
    Rutgers New Jersey Medical School

    Education Technology Work Group

    The Educational Technology Work Group is responsible for informing GIR members and the AAMC on education technology issues, trends and related infrastructure, as well as interfacing with AAMC groups (GSA, GIP, GEA) and other external groups (EDUCAUSE, etc.). The Work Group may also be tasked with responding to emerging education technology issues. It is comprised of GIR members who have an interest in and knowledge of education technology infrastructure.

    Education Technology Work Group Charge (PDF)

    Please contact gir@aamc.org if you are interested in joining this work group.

    Co-Chairs

    Max Anderson, PhD, MLIS, MS
    Director, Curriculum Operations
    University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine

    Jinjie Zheng, PhD, MS, MA
    Assistant Professor, Medical Education
    Morehouse School of Medicine

    Steering Committee Liaison

    Laurie Gelles, PhD
    Educational Technology Team Lead
    University of Vermont, Larner School of Medicine

    Instructional Design Community

    The mission of the Instructional Design Community, which falls under the Education Technology Work Group, is to establish a network for instructional designers, instructional technologists, IT professionals and curriculum leads interested in information sharing and collaboration related to instructional design issues between their institutions. This community will address the needs and challenges of instructional designers as key liaisons crossing curriculum and IT, as well as support the implementation of instructional design best practices for medical education within the AAMC. Please contact gir@aamc.org if you are interested in joining the Instructional Design Listserv.

    Research Technology Work Group

    The Research Technology Working Group (RTWG) is responsible for informing GIR members and the AAMC on research technology issues, trends and related infrastructures while working collaboratively with other AAMC groups, particularly the Group on Research Advancement and Development (GRAND). This work group is also tasked with responding to emerging research technology issues, particularly in areas such as: mechanisms to identify and share research data management strategies, governance models, and standards; practices for designing and developing new research infrastructures at scale; and strategies and resources for workforce cultivation in medical research IT practice.

    Research Technology Work Group Charge (PDF)

    Please contact gir@aamc.org if you are interested in joining this work group.

    Co-Chairs

    Amy Cole
    IT Project Manager
    University of North Carolina School of Medicine

    Danielle Mowery, PhD, FAMIA
    Chief Research Information Officer, Penn Medicine
    Assistant Professor of Informatics
    University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine

    Steering Committee Liaison

    John Morgan
    Information Technology Associate Director
    Southern Illinois University School of Medicine