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    Work Groups - GIR

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

    Data Driven Academic Medical Centers Work Group

    The Data Driven Academic Medical Centers (DDAMC) Work Group seeks to be a coordinating source of resources to share knowledge and enable academic medical centers to leverage new and existing data to inform the decisions across its missions, strategic initiatives, and daily operations. This cross-cutting work group is led by chairpersons coming from the GIR, GBA, and GIP and is open to all AAMC constituents, with the goal of building a community of members who are interested in this topic and taking part in collaborative opportunities and projects surrounding data-driven activities and initiatives. Work group members are expected to participate in webinars and on monthly calls as well as to assist with projects and initiatives identified by the group and to contribute resources (e.g., articles, dashboards, screenshots).  

    The work group strives to provide a forum for ideas and discussion around creating and continuously improving a data driven academic medical center. It seeks to create and disseminate relevant resources that help AMCs move towards being data driven organizations. The work group works towards discovering and promoting analytics that can be standardized and used across AMCs to facilitate cross-institution benchmarking. It also looks to provide a data-driven/analytics common ground for institutions to work together, and move the medical education, research, and patient care industry forward. 

    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

    Marina Marin, MS 
    Director, Education Analytics, Director, Information Management
    New York University Grossman School of Medicine
    GIR Member 

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

    Michael Patriarca, MBA 
    Executive Vice Dean, Finance & Administration
    University of Texas Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine
    GBA 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

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

    Michael Marchant
    Director, System Integration & Health Information Exchange
    UC Davis Health

    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

    John Morgan
    IT Associate Director
    Southern Illinois University School of Medicine

    Alma Novakovic
    Director Research IT, Information Technology, Joslin Diabetes Center
    Harvard Medical School Affiliate

    Steering Committee Liaison

    Monica Crubezy, PhD
    Director, Research Solutions and Software Engineering
    Emory University

    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

    So-Young Oh, MS, MA
    Assistant Director, Programming for Digital Learning
    NYU Grossman School of Medicine

    Sten Swenson, MEd
    Director of Academic Technology
    University of North Carolina School of Medicine

    Steering Committee Liaison

    Michael J. Campion, MEd
    Director of Academic and Learning Technologies
    University of Washington 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.