Welcome to BIME

pth-use-this-oneWelcome to the Department of Biomedical Informatics and Medical Education.

Our vision is to unleash the potential for information to improve biomedicine, health and medical education. We do this via a three pronged approach leveraging the bidirectional synergies between a) basic and applied research, b) training the next generation of researchers and practitioners, and c) applying our expertise to the broader operations of UW Medicine including research, clinical care and medical education through the practice of Biomedical Informatics and the practice of Medical Education and Evaluation.

This quarter we are moving toward our vision with a number of activities. We are approaching graduations of many Master and PhD Students, and the end of the year for the Teaching Scholars Program. We are finalizing our cohort of students for our research focused MS and research focused PhD programs who will start in Fall 2019.  We completed a strategic planning process for all of our Departmental activities in conjunction with preparing for our every 10 year academic program review. Finally we continue our faculty recruitment and expansion efforts.


Peter Tarczy-Hornoch, MD
Chair and Professor, Department of Biomedical Informatics and Medical Education

News Highlights

Following are some recent BIME news highlights. For more BIME news, publications, and events, check out our News and Events page.

UW ranked most innovative public universities by Reuters

The University of Washington is listed at No. 5 on the Reuters Top 100: The World’s Most Innovative Universities, released Wednesday. For the third consecutive year, the UW leads the list among public institutions.

UW is No. 10 on global ranking; No. 2 among US public institutions

The University of Washington maintained its No. 10 spot on the U.S. News & World Report’s Best Global Universities rankings, released this week. The UW is ranked No. 2 among U.S. public institutions.

“It’s an honor for the University of Washington to once more be recognized for the strength of our research and scholarship. This ranking is a testament to both our outstanding faculty across many disciplines and to the opportunities for research and discovery that bring our talented students here,” UW President Ana Mari Cauce said.

Mike Leu, MD, MS, MHS, FAAP, has been recognized as part of the inaugural class of Fellows of the American Medical Informatics Association at the AMIA Clinical Informatics Conference in Atlanta in April. https://www.amia.org/fellows-amia

Professor Jan Carline retired from BIME as of January 9, 2019. He will continue to be active in the department as emeritus faculty. More information about Dr. Carline’s contributions to University of Washington is in this article in the UW Medicine publication The Huddle. In honor of Dr. Carline’s contributions to our department, the School of Medicine, and the University of Washington, a new award fund has been established: Jan D. Carline Award of Excellence in Scholarship of Education. This is an annual award for medical student independent inquiry (Triple I) projects determined to be the most meritorious in the area of education, including medical education or community education.  You can support the fund from the BIME “Make a Gift” page at http://bime.uw.edu/giving/.

Matthew Cunningham joined BIME as an Assistant Professor and was named Director of Educational Evaluation for UW Medicine: https://huddle.uwmedicine.org/news-briefs

The University of Washington’s graduate and professional degree programs were widely recognized as among the best in the nation, according to U.S. News & World Report’s 2020 Best Graduate School rankings released in March, 2019. Read more here.

Vikas Rao Pejaver, Moore-Sloan & WRF Innovation in Data Science fellow, Department of Biomedical Informatics and Medical Education and the eScience Institute received a Pathway to Independence Award (K99/R00) from the National Library of Medicine at the National Institutes of Health for his proposal titled “Integrative data science approaches for rare disease discovery in health records”.

Lauren Snyder, PhD student, was awarded the 2019 Steve Lieber Innovator Scholarship from the HIMSS foundation. The Steve Lieber Innovator Scholarship is awarded to a student pursuing a degree from an accredited collegiate undergraduate, graduate, or doctoral academic program. Winning submissions embrace the use of digital health or technology-enabled workflow innovation in support of the HIMSS mission of better health through information and technology. She accepted the award at the HIMSS conference in Orlando, FL in February, 2019.

BIME faculty members Trevor Cohen and Meliha Yetisgen will serve on the Journal of Biomedical Informatics Editorial Board until December 2022. BIME Chair Peter Tarczy-Hornoch will serve as the informatics editor for Genetics in Medicine.

BIME PhD student Jimmy Phuong was awarded an AGU Outstanding Student Presentation Award (OSPA) for the poster presentation “Geospatial-temporal information needs and use-cases for population health researchers in hurricane and flood disaster preparedness scenario” at the GeoHealth section of the 2018 American Geophysical Union Fall meeting in Washington, D.C. in December 2018.

Dr. Janice Sabin has been invited to serve on the Association of American Medical College’s Advancing Holistic Review Advisory Committee (AHR)The AHR Advisory Committee’s mission is to lead and support the U.S. academic medicine community to build and leverage learner diversity to realize each school’s unique institutional mission. The faculty working group will identify, develop and/or promote a standardized, flexible approach to faculty recruitment and hiring processes as means to achieving institutional and departmental goals of enhancing the diversity of the faculty workforce.