College of Graduate Studies

UT Leadership Conference – Saturday Feb 11, 2017

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UT Leadership Conference

  • Saturday, February 11, 2017
  • 9:00am-3:30pm
  • Memorial Field House
  • Free to all UT Students!

Registration open until Feb. 3rd: https://orgsync.com/130102/forms/236670

Do you want to develop your leadership ability with the help of experts from campus and the community? The 2017 Leadership Conference will embrace The University of Toledo’s next generation of leaders with its theme of “Next Generation Leadership.” College students today are comprised of a mixture of generation groups. What do the unique characteristics of your generation mean for your leadership style and experience? Campus and community experts will help you discover the importance of being a leader who utilizes technology to showcase your leadership, learns from the advice of experienced leaders, and acquires fundamental leadership skills.

The 2017 Leadership Conference keynote speaker is Frank Kitchen, “The Life and Leadership Connoisseur.” Kitchen will share his FRESH recipes on life and leadership to educate, elevate, and empower students. Other conference speakers include UT faculty and staff as well as community professionals employed in a variety of fields such as marketing, business, and healthcare. Session topics include “Why Cultural Competency Matters for 21st Century Leadership” and “Leverage Leadership on LinkedIn.”

The conference will take place on Saturday, February 11, 2017 (9:00am-3:30pm). Registration is open until February 3rd and can be accessed on OrgSync at https://orgsync.com/130102/forms/236670.

Space is limited, so please register as soon as possible!

Conference t-shirts are available for purchase until January 27th at www.slicustom.com/web-stores.

For more information, please call the Office of Student Involvement & Leadership at 419.530.4944 or email leadership@utoledo.edu.

GO ROCKETS!


January/February 2017 – MESSAGE FROM THE DEAN

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Welcome to 2017! The New Year always provides an impetus to start fresh! As the new semester begins think of it as your opportunity to freshen your view and sow new seeds to make your path greener and plant new flowers to add the joy and variety you desire in your present and your future.

In our effort to freshen our garden in the College of Graduate Studies, we will announce several changes over the next month. We will see personnel changes, a request for proposals for new graduate programs and new professional and personal development options for our students and mentors. As the university strives to develop its new strategic directions, it is important that graduate education remain actual, relevant and the highest of quality. That is what you demand and that is what we strive to deliver. If you have a graduate program in mind that you would like to see the University of Toledo offer, please respond to the request for proposals that will be announced within the next few weeks. This proposal will be accessible to graduate students as well as faculty and we encourage collaborative proposals between all constituents.

As for professional and personal development, we want to offer what you need. A survey will arrive in your email box soon requesting your input on the areas that you would like to see offered in this domain. If you would like to send me a personal communication instead, please feel free to contact me at Amanda.bryant-friedrich@utoledo.edu.
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I wish you all the best in the new semester and in the new year.  We will strive TOGETHER to create the future that we desire for our university, community, nation and world, one step at a time!

Most Sincerely,

Amanda Bryant-Friedrich, Dr. rer. Nat
Dean, College of Graduate Studies
Associate Professor of Medicinal and Biological Chemistry

College of Graduate Studies Current Students
MyUT Portal Graduate Tab
419.530.GRAD (4723)


Student Affairs Graduate Assistant Recruitment Day

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Do You Know Someone Looking for a Graduate Assistantship?

Student Affairs Graduate Assistant Recruitment Day
February 10, 2017
Student Union,  Room 2592
9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Are you applying to graduate school for the 2017-2018 academic school year? Do you have an interest in working in the Division of Student Affairs? Do you have a passion and desire to inspire the lives of others?  If so, consider applying for a graduate assistantship within the Division of Student Affairs at The University of Toledo!

To learn more about available graduate assistantships, please visit http://bit.ly/2jBt6o1 and register by February 1, 2017.  All applicants are required to register for the recruitment day.

What is a Graduate Assistant (GA)?
A Graduate Assistant is a graduate student holding regular admission to a degree program who maintains a 3.0 GPA and works as a Teaching Assistant, Research Assistant, Administrative Assistant or Intern for an Academic or Administrative department within the University.  Graduate Assistants work a specified number of hours per week (typically 20 hours), maintain a minimum course load (typically 12 hours/semester), and fulfill specific job requirements as set forth in their GA contract and by their supervisor. As a GA, most students receive a tuition remission/waiver (typically full-time tuition), a stipend or paycheck and an amazing work experience.

What types of graduate assistantship positions are typically available?
Within the Division of Student Affairs, there are a wide array of assistantships available to graduate students.  Graduate assistantships vary from year to year.  Please visit the website for a complete list of anticipated openings for the 2017-2018 academic year.

If I have a question, who should I contact?

If you have questions regarding the Student Affairs Graduate Assistant Recruitment Day, please contact co-chairs Daniel Boyle at daniel.boyle2@utoledo.edu or Evita Parks at evita.parks@utoledo.edu.

We look forward to receiving your application!


January/February Reminders from the Graduate College

Message from the Dean

Welcome to 2017!  The New Year always provides an impetus to start fresh!  As the new semester begins think of it as your opportunity to freshen your view and sow new seeds to make your path greener and plant new flowers to add the joy and variety you desire in your present and your future.

In our effort to freshen our garden in the College of Graduate Studies, we will announce several changes over the next month.  We will see personnel changes, a request for proposals for new graduate programs and new professional and personal development options for our students and mentors.  As the university strives to develop its new strategic directions, it is important that graduate education remain actual, relevant and the highest of quality.  That is what you demand and that is what we strive to deliver.  If you have a graduate program in mind that you would like to see the University of Toledo offer, please respond to the request for proposals that will be announced within the next few weeks.  This proposal will be accessible to graduate students as well as faculty and we encourage collaborative proposals between all constituents.

As for professional and personal development, we want to offer what you need.  A survey will arrive in your email box soon requesting your input on the areas that you would like to see offered in this domain.  If you would like to send me a personal communication instead, please feel free to contact me at Amanda.bryant-friedrich@utoledo.edu.

I wish you all the best in the new semester and in the new year.  We will strive TOGETHER to create the future that we desire for our university, community, nation and world, one step at a time!

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Amanda Bryant-Friedrich, Dr. rer. Nat
Dean, College of Graduate Studies

Associate Professor of Medicinal and Biological Chemistry

College of Graduate Studies Current Students
MyUT Portal Graduate Tab

419.530.GRAD (4723)


GRADUATION

For students planning to graduate in the Spring 2017 term, the application deadline is Friday, February 3rd. (Note, the Graduation Services fee is assessed the first time an applicant for graduation is submitted per graduate degree program.) For students planning for Summer 2017 graduation, please submit your graduation application by the spring deadline if you would like to be included in the spring commencement program. We are here to help you get organized and avoid obstacles to graduation!

Graduation – Your Questions, Answered!
This session provided students with important information and step-by-step instructions to ensure they can navigate the graduation process and stay on track to earn their degree in a timely manner without unnecessary delays. We recommend attending in the semester PRIOR to your graduation semester. Please CLICK HERE TO REGISTER for the session you wish to attend.

· Wednesday, March 1 from 12 – 1 pm in TBA (Main Campus)
· Wednesday, March 1 from 12 – 1 pm in Collier Building 1210 (Health Science Campus)

Questions & suggestions may be directed to Elissa Falcone at GCAcademicSvcs@utoledo.edu


2017 FELLOWSHIPS, SCHOLARSHIPS, AWARDS DEADLINE

All applications must be complete and submitted by 5:00 pm on Friday, February 17, 2017.

Award descriptions and applications are available on the College of Graduate Studies website: http://www.utoledo.edu/graduate/scholarships/index.html.

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CAREER SERVICES RECRUITING EVENTS

Please visit http://www.utoledo.edu/success/career/events/ for Spring 2017 Recruitment Events and registration. Save the Date!

Events include: Paralegal Studies Career Fair, Peace Corps, Toledo Metroparks, College of Engineering Spring Career Expo, College of Nursing Career Fair, Toledo Zoo, College of Education UTEACH Job Fair, Family Service of NW Ohio, and more!


PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT CALENDAR 2016 – 2017

The Graduate College is pleased to present, sponsor, and collaborate with other offices to bring you programming in Academic Planning, Academic Enhancements, Career Development, Thesis and Dissertation Services, and Graduate Writing. Please take a few minutes to review the program descriptions and make sure to “Save the Date” on any you are interested in. We may add a few more workshops in March and April, and if we do, we will send out an email bulletin to notify you.

Week of February 13 – 17

· Starting Your Literature Review: Ready, Set, Go! (MC)

Week of February 20 – 24

· The Elevator Pitch – Presenting Yourself (MC & HSC)
· ETD Preparation and Submission Overview (MC & HSC)

Week of February 27 – March 3
· Graduation – Your Questions, Answered! (MC & HSC)

Week of March 13 – 17
· How to Craft the Perfect LinkedIn Profile in 30 Minutes (MC & HSC)
· Launch Your Career! Networking and Job Search Strategies (MC & HSC)

Remember, all professional development programs are open to all graduate students in all degree programs on all campuses.

Questions and suggestions may be directed to Teri Green at GradCollegeProgramming@utoledo.edu


GRADUATE STUDENT ASSOCIATION (GSA)

The GSA is an organization that represents the concerns of approximately 5,000 graduate students at the University of Toledo. The GSA sponsors many programs and provides funding to subsidize conference and symposium travel. Additionally, the GSA serves on numerous university-wide committees and organizes social events to help students develop contacts both on and off campus. Please visit the GSA website for updated information on meetings, events, programs, and funding.

Events

The Graduate Student Association is proud to present the 8th Annual Midwest Graduate Research Symposium on Saturday, March 25th, 2017 at the University of Toledo. This event has been recognized as a premiere event and is a great opportunity for presenting research, networking, and fostering intercollegiate friendships and collaborations. Here at the University of Toledo we strive to improve the world around us by advancing research and education to the cutting edge. We look forward to hosting individuals from around the nation in what promises to be an outstanding day for all involved.

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Meetings

· Wednesday, February 15: Meeting at Health Science Campus in HEB 103, 6:00 – 8:00 pm
· Tuesday, March 14: Meeting at Main Campus in Student Union- Ingman Room, 6:00 – 8:00 pm
· Wednesday, April 12: Meeting at Health Science Campus in HEB 103, 6:00 – 8:00 pm

GSA Executive Officers / GSA College Representatives / Meeting Schedule / Contact & Calendar


ELECTRONIC THESES AND DISSERTATIONS

For students completing a thesis or dissertation and who plan on graduating in the Spring 2017 term, please carefully review the deadlines associated with the entire process, from applying to graduate to submitting your ETD to OhioLINK.  Resources for formatting, intellectual property concerns, submission, publication, and more are found on our website.

Deadlines  /    Start Here! Three Simple Steps    /    Document Preparation  /  ETD Submission

Final ETD Upload Deadline
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Friday, April 28th by 11:59 pm to the OhioLINK ETD Center

ETD Preparation and Submission Overview

This session provides an overview of the preparation and submission process for graduate Electronic Theses or Dissertations (ETDs) within the context of graduation requirements for the Graduate College. A “live” navigation through our ETD resource website and the OhioLINK ETD Center is included. Please CLICK HERE TO REGISTER for the session(s) you wish to attend.

· Tuesday, February 21, from 12 – 1 in Collier Building 1220 (Health Science Campus)
· Wednesday, February 22 from 4 – 5 in Carlson Library 1025 (Main Campus)

Questions or suggestions may be directed to Teri Green at etdsvcs@utoledo.edu


ACADEMIC PLANNING

New Students

To ensure an accurate degree audit and fulfillment of your graduation requirements, you need to submit a complete Plan of Study for your degree—Doctoral, Masters, and Certificate—to the Graduate College office by the end of your first term or completion of 12 graduate credit hours.

· If you are not a new student and have not yet completed a Plan of Study, please consult your adviser and do so immediately

Students Completing a Dissertation, Thesis, Scholarly Project, or Field Experience

To monitor and record timely compliance with the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs, we require the submission of the Graduate Research and Advisory Committee Approval & Assurances form prior to beginning any research and as soon as a committee has been formed. Known as the GRAD form, it addresses types of research and approvals obtained, timing of publication, and committee formation.

· If you are already conducting research and have not completed and submitted the GRAD form, please consult with your PI or Committee Chair and do so immediately

GRAD Form Timelines

Dissertation: after the acceptance of the dissertation proposal and completion of didactic coursework
Thesis: at the end of the second semester or no later than the end of the third semester
Projects and Field Experiences: prior to conducting the actual research

Academic Program Forms

All forms required during the course of your degree journey are found on our Academic Program Forms page. These are the official forms produced by the College of Graduate Studies and also the most current. Please use the forms directly from our website. The forms are fillable PDFs and for accurate and timely processing, please type all information into the form before signing, and please obtain all required signatures before submitting to our office.


GRADUATE STUDENT ORIENTATION

All new graduate students must fulfill the graduate orientation requirement. Spring 2017 orientation includes a self-directed online orientation and three supplemental modules. We ask that all new degree-seeking graduate students complete the requirements by the end of the fall semester. After completing the three modules, be sure to continue on and complete the remainder of the required online graduate orientation and submit the form at the end.

Resources for New Students   / Self-Directed Online Orientation and modules  / Questions? Email us


November 2016 Reminders from the Graduate College

Message from the Dean

The University of Toledo is planning for the future.  The College of Graduate Studies is an integral part of this process.  As your college, it is vitally important that your voice be heard.  There have been many opportunities for students, faculty, staff and administrators to provide input as the Strategic Plan is being developed.  As your representative to the committee developing this plan, I am offering you the opportunity to share your comments with me. It is clear to me that as graduate students at this institution, you have insightful ideas as to what is going great and what may not be so great, what you see in your future and what you would like to see for the future of the institution.  Now it is time to let those know who can make your vision a reality.

Please provide your comments to me today!  Amanda.bryant-friedrich@utoledo.edu

A perfect opportunity for you to share your ideas with me in person is the upcoming Coffee with COGS to be held on November 14 (UHall 3300) and November 17 (Mulford Library 113).  This event is especially for those who are in our graduate programs as well as those who would like to know what graduate programs we offer.  I am asking all graduate students to drop by one of the two events and share a coffee, tea or hot chocolate with me, our staff and other members of the graduate community.   I hope to see you there!

Have a wonderful November, enjoy the beautiful fall weather and the celebration of Thanksgiving.  As members of the UT family we all have something to be thankful for!


Most Sincerely,

Amanda Bryant-Friedrich, Dr. rer. Nat
Dean, College of Graduate Studies
Associate Professor of Medicinal and Biological Chemistry

College of Graduate Studies Current Students
MyUT Portal Graduate Tab

419.530.GRAD (4723)


COFFEE WITH COGS

Join the Dean and her staff for an informative and fun conversation on degree programs and the support services that the College of Graduate Studies provides for prospective and current graduate students, faculty, and staff at the University of Toledo, including:

  • Professional Development
  • Graduation Services
  • Funding Opportunities
  • ETD Preparation, Submission, and Publishing
  • Graduate Student Association

Main Campus: Monday, November 14, 2016 in University Hall 3300 from 8:30 – 11:00 am
Health Science Campus: Thursday, November 17, 2016 in Mulford Library 113 from 8:30 – 11:00 am

JOIN OUR FACEBOOK EVENT! https://www.facebook.com/UTCOGS/events/


GRADUATION and COMMENCEMENT
Applicants for Fall Graduation

If you missed the deadline to apply for Fall 2016, please submit your application through the MyUT portal as soon as possible – it’s not too late! (Note: The Graduation Services fee is assessed the first time an application for graduation is submitted per graduate degree program.) Applications not accepted after the last day of the semester.

University Commencement

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Saturday, December 17, 2016 – Please review the detailed information available on the University’s Commencement webpage, including the commencement guide, tassel colors, cap & gown, directions & parking, and accessibility needs. This ceremony includes all doctoral candidates from all colleges, and graduate students from all colleges with the exception of Engineering and Law.
 
Spring 2017 Graduation
 
February 3, 2017 deadline – Apply now!

Questions & suggestions may be directed to Elissa Falcone at GCAcademicSvcs@utoledo.edu


PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT CALENDAR 2016 – 2017

The Graduate College is pleased to present, sponsor, and collaborate with other offices to bring you programming in Academic Planning, Academic Enhancements, Career Development, Thesis and Dissertation Services, and Graduate Writing. Please take a few minutes to review the program descriptions and make sure to “Save the Date” on any you are interested in. We may add a few more workshops in late November or early December, and if we do, we will send out an email bulletin to notify you.

Week of November 7 – 11

  • Library Research – Getting Started
  • Database Essentials
  • Last-minute Research Tips: Learn from a Seasoned PRO(crastinator)
  • Graduate Research in the Disciplines: Social Sciences & Business & Engineering

Week of November 14 – 18

  • Library Research – Getting Started
  • Student Textbook Options
  • Database Essentials
  • Endnote Citation Management System
  • Tips and Tricks with Engineering E-Books

Week of December 5 – 9

  • How to Craft the Perfect LinkedIn Profile in 30 Minutes
  • Copyright and Authoring 101: Vital Information for Graduate Students Creators and Consumers

Remember, all professional development programs are open to all graduate students in all degree programs on all campuses.

Questions and suggestions may be directed to Teri Green at GradCollegeProgramming@utoledo.edu


GRADUATE STUDENT ASSOCIATION (GSA)

The GSA is an organization that represents the concerns of approximately 5,000 graduate students at the University of Toledo. The GSA sponsors many programs and provides funding to subsidize conference and symposium travel. Additionally, the GSA serves on numerous university-wide committees and organizes social events to help students develop contacts both on and off campus. Please visit the GSA website for updated information on meetings, events, programs, and funding.

Events

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Friday, November 11th – You are cordially invited to the Graduate Student Fall Mixer hosted by the GSA. This event will be held at Table Forty4 Restaurant and Bar, conveniently located in downtown Toledo’s entertainment district. Appetizers will be provided and a cash bar will be available beginning at 8 pm in the upstairs banquet room. Entertainment will feature “DJ Scholar and 4.0 Entertainment” and there is no cover charge.

This event is a unique opportunity to network with fellow graduate students in a fun-filled atmosphere outside the classroom. If anyone has specific questions regarding the event, please feel free to email the Graduate Student Association. We look forward to seeing you!

LAST CALL: Annual GSA Graduate Research Award

The application for the annual GSA Graduate Research Award is now active. The purpose of the GSA Graduate Research Award is to provide financial support up to $2,000.00 per recipient for costs associated with approved research projects required for the degree that are not covered by other resources.

Deadline and Application

  • Friday, November 18, 2016 by 5:00 pmApplications are due
  • Complete application HERE and follow directions to submit supplemental material

Review additional important information regarding eligibility and other requirements HERE

Meetings

  • Tuesday, November 8 in Student Union Ingman Room from 6 – 8 pm on Main Campus
  • Wednesday, December 7 in HEB 105 from 6 – 8 pm on Health Science Campus

GSA Executive Officers / GSA College Representatives / Meeting Schedule / Contact & Calendar


ELECTRONIC THESES AND DISSERTATIONS

For students completing a thesis or dissertation and who plan on graduating in the Fall 2016 term, please carefully review the deadlines associated with the entire process, from applying to graduate to submitting your ETD to OhioLINK.  Resources for formatting, intellectual property concerns, submission, publication, and more are found on our website.

Deadlines  /    Start Here! Three Simple Steps    /    Document Preparation  /  ETD Submission

Final ETD Upload Deadline
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Friday, December 9, 2016 by 11:59 pm to the OhioLINK ETD Center

ETD Open Labs: Formatting and Submission

This program provides one-on-one assistance with formatting issues and uploading your ETD to the  OhioLINK  ETD Center. This is not a lecture or presentation. Must bring own laptop for sessions on the Health Science Campus . Bring your laptop or save your document to Dropbox (or similar program) or to a thumb drive for sessions on Main Campus (library computer classroom). There will be one or two facilitators circulating to provide assistance.

  • Tuesday, November 29  from 3 – 5 in MLB 129 (HSC)
  • Wednesday, November 30 from 3 – 5 in CL 1025 (MC)
  • Monday, December 5 from 3 – 5 in CL 1025 (MC)

Please CLICK HERE TO REGISTER for the session(s) you wish to attend.

Questions or suggestions may be directed to Teri Green at etdsvcs@utoledo.edu


ACADEMIC PLANNING

New Students

To ensure an accurate degree audit and fulfillment of your graduation requirements, you need to submit a complete Plan of Study for your degree—Doctoral, Masters, and Certificate—to the Graduate College office by the end of your first term or completion of 12 graduate credit hours.

  • If you are not a new student and have not yet completed a Plan of Study, please consult your adviser and do so immediately

Students Completing a Dissertation, Thesis, Scholarly Project, or Field Experience

To monitor and record timely compliance with the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs, we require the submission of the Graduate Research and Advisory Committee Approval & Assurances form prior to beginning any research and as soon as a committee has been formed. Known as the GRAD form, it addresses types of research and approvals obtained, timing of publication, and committee formation.

  • If you are already conducting research and have not completed and submitted the GRAD form, please consult with your PI or Committee Chair and do so immediately

GRAD Form Timelines

Dissertation: after the acceptance of the dissertation proposal and completion of didactic coursework

Thesis: at the end of the second semester or no later than the end of the third semester

Projects and Field Experiences: prior to conducting the actual research

Academic Program Forms

All forms required during the course of your degree journey are found on our Academic Program Forms page. These are the official forms produced by the College of Graduate Studies and also the most current. Please use the forms directly from our website. The forms are fillable PDFs and for accurate and timely processing, please type all information into the form before signing, and please obtain all required signatures before submitting to our office.


GRADUATE STUDENT ORIENTATION

All new graduate students must fulfill the graduate orientation requirement. Fall 2016 orientation includes a self-directed online orientation and three supplemental modules. We ask that all new degree-seeking graduate students complete the requirements by the end of the fall semester. After completing the three modules, be sure to continue on and complete the remainder of the required online graduate orientation and submit the form at the end.

Resources for New Students   / Self-Directed Online Orientation and modules  / Questions? Email us


A Presentation on Life as a Minority Graduate Student

Date and Time: Sunday Jan 29th, 2017 1-3 PM
Venue: Student Union Room 3018

See the flier here for more information

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Last call for registration and abstracts for Council of Biomedical Graduate Students Research Forum 2017

Registration closes at 5pm tomorrow, January 20th.  

Abstract submission deadline at 5pm, January 27th.

Don’t miss out on this opportunity to present your work to your colleagues and faculty on the Health Science Campus, and to meet Dr. Andras Nagy, one of the top stem cell researchers in the world!  Make sure to deliver a signed copy of your abstract to your track representative if you are presenting.

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Tentative schedule Poster Set-Up: Tuesday, March 21st Poster Presentation Preliminary Rounds: Wednesday, March 22nd, Morning, IISC Oral Presentation Preliminary Rounds: Wednesday, March 22nd, Afternoon, IISC Oral/Poster Presentations Final Round: Thursday, March 23rd, Morning, IISC Keynote Lecture, Dr. Andras Nagy: Thursday, March 23rd, Afternoon, HEB 110 Lunch will be provided to all participants on Wednesday.

Abstract submission link:https://goo.gl/forms/cWbZz9ojT9hV2D2d2

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CBGS Graduate Research Forum 2016 abstract submission form for both oral and poster presentation participants. ABSTRACT SUBMISSION DEADLINE: January 27, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. Abstract limit: 250 words Please review your abstract carefully before submitting. Once your abstract is submitted, it cannot be changed. Reminder: You must submit a hard copy of your abstract signed by your advisor to your track representative by January 27th at 5:00 p.m.

 Please contact CouncilGraduateStudents@utoledo.edu or your track representative with any questions.


Clinical Informatics Analyst Position – Blanchard Valley Health System

Blanchard Valley Health System
Clinical Informatics Analyst
January 17, 2017
PURPOSE OF THIS POSITION  

This position extracts, manages, analyzes and interprets data for various stakeholders, including local employers, payers and health care providers.  The position is responsible for overall management of the Medical Home Registry database and associated reporting and analytics.  The position is also responsible for preparing analyses of health care quality, processes, outcomes and costs for presentation to medical committees, medical home providers, employers and other audiences.

Job Duties/Responsibilities

Duty 1: Oversees and operates the Patient Centered Medical Home electronic registry software application for the Patient Centered Medical Home. This includes expanding and optimizing registry functionality to support Medical Home operations, enrollment, projects and organizational structure now and as Medical Home program evolves. Ensure and monitor the integrity and accuracy of the data in the registry. Design and generate customized registry reports and alerts. Provide input to software vendor for software development to meet expanding medical home needs.

Duty 2: Produces analyses and reports from health data software system, the registry, electronic medical record data repository and other data sources.  This involves combining data sets from different sources. Prepare analyses of healthcare quality, processes, outcomes and costs for presentation to medical committees, medical home providers, employers and other audiences for Medical Home Program and other programs and projects related to quality and cost.

Duty 3: Develops and produces individual physician and group practice profiles and bonus reports on quality and utilization performance for the Medical Home program and Employer Data Project (“EDOC”).  This includes conceptualizing the analytical framework, evaluating, extracting, synthesizing and processing data and identifying appropriate reporting formats in order to transform data into actionable information. Verifies and ensures the accuracy, validity and integrity of data and of analyses.

Duty 4: Provides extensive data mining and report development support for clinical projects using  SQL Server Management Tools and electronic medical record databases. Creates SQL reports by developing and using complex algorithms. This includes data extraction, data definitions, data alignment and integration across data sets, defining metrics and designing reports, as well as complex modeling. Verifies and ensures the accuracy of data mining.

Duty 5: Manages relationships with multiple data partners (payers, software vendor, third party health claims data administrators, pharmacy and vision plan administrators, and other parties) to define and facilitate data production for existing and new projects and to maintain data security. Oversees system definition, set up and maintenance with electronic registry and other software vendors. Identifies and directly pursues resolution of problems and opportunities for improvement of the software application with the vendor.

Duty 6: Trains others in registry use and reporting in group and individual settings. Acts as resource to and consults with the physician office sites, including problem solving and report writing, responding to requests in a timely and accurate manner. Conducts site visits to physician offices to evaluate and improve use of registry, monitors data integrity, and identifies opportunities for improving medical home processes.

Duty 7: Provides operational and administrative support to the Medical Home and care navigation programs including maintaining physician payment and medical home enrollment files; care navigation patient rosters and indicators; data downloads, scrubbing and uploads; reporting to third party administrators for benefits administration for education/participation benefits; preparation of physician bonus and educational mailings, etc.

Duty 8:  Participates in the writing of analysis plans and reports for EDOC, Medical Home Program and other projects and programs. Documents analytical steps and processes used. Prepares the results of projects, programs and research for presentation and publication. Gathers and integrates a wide variety of healthcare-related information by telephone, Internet searches, and other means.

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS

·         Master’s Degree in information management, clinical informatics, healthcare administration, economics, statistics or epidemiology preferred. Bachelor’s degree in information management, health informatics, healthcare administration, economics or related field required.

·         Excellent data management skills applied in health care or other similar data analysis projects, including experience producing data analyses for presentation.

·         Excellent critical thinking and analytical skills. Ability to analyze and integrate multiple disparate data sets and develop analytical framework for using the data to address study questions and topics in healthcare quality and cost areas.

·         Experience with healthcare registry software or database applications preferred.

·         Experience with healthcare and pharmacy claims data, diagnosis and billing codes, and experience identifying and resolving data integrity issues preferred.

·         Ability to use independent judgment and discretion about matters of significance.

·         Expert level of expertise and proficiency with spreadsheet and database management software (SQL, Microsoft Excel and Access) for extensive manipulation and analysis of data, including graphic presentation of data, and writing functional reports that support daily operations in patient case management and other areas.

·         Strong organizational skills and consistent attention to detail.

·         Exercise of judgment and discretion in matters of confidentiality, including in relation to physician performance analysis.

·         Coursework or experience in statistics preferred.

·         Strong written and oral communication skills.

·         Ability to work well independently and with others.

·         High level of initiative; tolerance for long periods of data manipulation and analysis and multiple concurrent projects.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS

This position requires a full range of body motion with intermittent activities including typing and use of computer for extended periods, walking, sitting, climbing stairs, and standing. The associate must have corrected vision and hearing in the normal range. The individual must have excellent verbal communication skills to perform daily tasks.


Better matches of kidney donors, recipients studied

By DULAT BEKBOLSYNOV  | SPECIAL TO THE BLADE

Imagine having to sit still for four hours, three times a week, week in and week out, year after year. And you know each time you start another dialysis session, your chance of going back to normal gets chipped away a little more.

These dialysis treatments are the mildest downside of living with failed kidneys.

Personally, I feel tremendously thankful for having received my kidney transplant after only a few months and without having to endure these therapy sessions. I returned to normal, but 100,000 Americans on the kidney transplant waiting list are not as fortunate.

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Dulat Bekbolsynov, a kidney transplant recipient, is a PhD candidate at the University of Toledo College of Medicine studying how to better match donors with organ recipients.

During the last 30 years, the transplant waiting list has grown relentlessly while the number of transplants has changed very little. People wait for years, and many never get one. On average, 20 patients die every day because a donor was not found for them.

Kidneys are organs that let us eat a banana without suffering a heart attack from potassium spike. The incredibly complex network of tiny blood vessels inside kidney tissue filters many different toxins from our blood. But when these vessels fail to do their job, they can never be fixed, only replaced. Kidney transplantation is the best treatment option for kidney failure.

However, finding a donor for kidney transplantation is difficult. The biggest problem is compatibility; the donated kidney must match the patient closely enough to avoid rejection after transplantation. For example, my brother could not donate to me, because his blood type was different, and my mom had health issues that made it unsafe for her to donate. This happens often and means that a nonrelative matching donor must be found, which can be much more difficult.

Our research lab participates in the Alliance for Paired Donation program hosted at UT Medical Center, which helps patients who need a kidney transplant find a good match. This program works by finding matches with other patients and willing, but incompatible donors, and starting a donation chain. This approach, used creatively, has worked wonders to make more complicated multi-way exchanges possible. In addition, we also use deceased donors to increase compatible matches.

But finding a match and undergoing transplant surgery does not end potential problems. The human body has evolved to have protection against anything foreign. This protection system, or immunity, is helpful when it comes to dealing with infections.

Your immune system detects foreign objects by inspecting specific molecular markers on the foreign object called antigens. Human Leukocyte Antigen, or HLA, is responsible for recognition and rejection of transplanted organs. Once the immune system sees the foreign HLA, it produces antibodies — molecules that will attack and kill the transplant. But the more similar the HLA between donor and recipient, the less visible it is to the immune system and thus, the lower your chances of rejection of the new kidney.

One of our main goals is to better match donors and recipients, so that transplants will last much longer without rejection. We also are working to prevent other post-transplant complications. The ultimate goal of our research is to increase successful transplants and decrease waiting lists and kidney rejections.

How do we do this? We look at antigen matching in a new and different way.

We know that the patient’s immune system detects foreign antigens by examining both physical and chemical differences between antigens of the donor and patient. Therefore, we wanted to look at both donor and patient HLA antigens in a more complete way in our lab by carefully studying both clinical histories and blood samples from different patients.

Using this approach, we can see exactly how much antibody against donor HLA was produced by the patient’s immune system after receiving a transplant. We use this knowledge to confirm that a better match is associated with less antibodies produced by the patient’s immune system against the transplant.

Our results show that a better physical and chemical match is associated with longer survival of transplanted kidneys and patients. We are continuing to investigate this new method of donor matching to increase our knowledge and improve this method for clinical use in the future.

Overall, our initial results are promising. As our research progresses, we hope to see more transplants, fewer people die on waiting list and a reduction in rejections after transplantation.

Dulat Bekbolsynov is a PhD student in the department of medical microbiology and immunology in the Biomedical Science Program at the University of Toledo College of Medicine and Life Sciences, formerly the Medical College of Ohio. Mr. Bekbolsynov is doing his research in the laboratory of Dr. Stanislaw Stepkowski. For more information, contact Dulat.Bekbolsynov@rockets.utoledo.edu or go to utoledo.edu/med/grad/biomedical.


COGS 2017 Annual Fellowships, Scholarships and Awards – Deadline: February 17, 2017

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