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Work in Progress (WIP), 1st and 3rd Friday of the month at 12 noon
Journal Club (JC), 4th Friday of the month at 12 noon
Doctoral Students: BMSC-GA 4435  - 1.5 Credits
Master Students: BMIM-GA 2001 - 1.5 Credits

Course Director: 
Kelly Ruggles (

Course Description
The Seminar in Biomedical Informatics course is meant to give students the opportunity to practice their presentation skills and to facilitate the development of student’s dissertation research ideas.

This class is geared towards Master’s and Doctoral students in Biomedical Informatics and is composed of two types of presentations:

  • Journal Club (JC): Students present current relevant scientific journal articles

  • Work-In-Progress (WIP) seminars: Students present their research work

Master’s and Doctoral students must participate in both types of presentations throughout their training period.  The main goal of the course is to provide students an open forum for scientific discussion of relevant topics in Biomedical Informatics and provide feedback to the doctoral students about their scientific work. The JC series will serve faculty and students to stay abreast of the current research in the field.

After taking this class students are expected to:

  • Read and understand scientific literature.

  • Critically evaluate scientific work.

  • Actively listen and evaluate presentation content and formulate pertinent questions.

  • Develop presentation, communication and teaching skills.

Attendance and participation
Doctoral and Master’s students are required to attend to seminars in order to obtain a passing grade and/or credit for the course. Attendance will be taken and two absences per semester will be allowed. In cases where a student misses more than one class per semester, they will be required to summarize an assigned article. Master’s students can attend via WebEx or another telecommuting method with permission of the course director.

All doctoral students are required to present in the JC series and, with the exception of first-year students, in the WIP. Master’s students will be required to present their thesis project progress as part of the WIP spring series. This class will be graded as a pass or fail will based on attendance, the quality of the student presentations and their participation in class.