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Nursing Faculty Member Selected for National Library of Medicine Fellowship Program

Susan Conaty-Buck, MSN, RN, FNP-C, Instructor in Nursing, was selected for the National Library of Medicine fellowship program in BioMedical Informatics held in Woods Hole, Massachusetts this summer. She attended the week-long course designed to increase the knowledge of individuals in healthcare with the application of computer technologies and information science in biomedicine and health science.

The course was taught by nationally know faculty who introduced conceptual and technical components of biomedical informatics using a combination of lectures and hands-on computer exercises. Topics of study included principles of database design, human-computer interfaces, medical terminologies and coding systems, medical decision analysis methods, clinical information systems architectures, telemedicine and methods for measuring costs and benefits in health care systems.

The goal of the course is to prepare fellows to become actively involved in making informed decisions about using computer-based health care tools in his/her organizational environment. Students include medical educators, medical librarians and health care providers. Conaty-Buck was one of 30 students this summer and the fellowship program admits this many persons two times per year from a large applicant pool. JMU Health and Human Services Librarian, Jennifer McCabe was selected for this program several years ago and recommended it to Conaty-Buck.

Per Conaty-Buck, “The Biomedical Informatics course was a fantastic opportunity to learn from the current leaders in the field of Healthcare Informatics. I am honored to have been accepted for this fellowship program. I look forward to using this expanded knowledge for research in Nursing Informatics, as well for the graduate Healthcare Informatics course taught at JMU.” Conaty-Buck collaborates with Dr. Thomas Dillon (CIS) and Dr. David Cockley, (Health Sciences) on the “Informatics for the Advance Health Professional” taught in the spring.

Susan Conaty-Buck is certified as a Family Nurse Practitioner. She has been a member of the JMU Nursing faculty for two years.