Analytics Center staff, rad sciences students garner distinctionsPublished on Thursday, November 12, 2015 Published on November 12, 2015 The Association of American Medical Colleges recently recognized a UMMC center for its pioneering research, while radiologic scientists of the future earned statewide recognition last month. AAMC selects UMMC analytics team for research award ShowalterUMMC's Center for Informatics and Analytics (CIA), directed by Dr. John Showalter, has received the 2015-16 Learning Health System Pioneer Research Award from the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC).The award goes to AAMC institutions that create innovate systems that allow for improved collaboration between health-care systems and research programs.Showalter, chief health information officer and assistant professor of medicine at UMMC, and his team in the CIA are using predictive analytics to develop personalized patient treatment plans.The award includes $15,000, a feature in a series of webinars produced by AAMC and funding to participate in peer-to-peer learning events with other award-winning institutions.For more information on the Center for Informatics and Analytics' work, click here. Rad sciences students earn statewide MSRT distinctions Tolliver, Noah, Shumpert, Erickson, SullivanSeveral students in the School of Health Related Professions' Radiologic Sciences Program have earned statewide recognition for exceptional academic performance.Six of the state's 10 radiologic sciences programs participated in a “Student Prep Bowl” at the 74th annual conference of the Mississippi Society of Radiologic Technologists (MSRT) in Tupelo last month. Senior students representing UMMC's radiologic sciences program earned third place in the competition.The participating students include, from left, Kimberly Tolliver, Alex Noah, Taylor Shumpert, Shelby Erickson and Alison Sullivan. Shumpert, Wooley, Steinwinder, SullivanManuscripts by students in radiologic sciences programs throughout the state were submitted to the MSRT conference and judged independently. The top six manuscripts were presented orally at the conference.Four of these manuscripts were from UMMC radiologic sciences students. Based on their oral presentations, Sullivan, front row, right, received the first place award, Shumpert, front row left, received the second place award, and Anne Howard Steinwinder, back row right, received the third place award. A manuscript by Liana Wooley, back row left, also was presented at the conference. Caston, Koon, WaitsRegistered radiologic technologists enrolled in SHRP's Magnetic Resonance Imaging Program participated in the radiologic technologist category of the MSRT conference's manuscript and exhibit competitions.In the technologist manuscript competition, Kaitlyn Caston, left, received the first place award, Whitney Waits, right, received the second place award, and Molly Koon received the third place award.All three of these technologists also collaborated on an exhibit and received a first place award. Grant, BlantonRadiologic sciences students throughout the state submitted a total of nine research exhibits for judging at the MSRT conference.First-year UMMC radiologic sciences students Sarah Beth Grant, left, and Kaitlyn Blanton, right, received first place in the competition. LindseyUMMC radiologic sciences student Will Lindsey was selected by his peers as a student delegate to the MSRT conference. As a voting MSRT board member for the upcoming year, Lindsey has the opportunity to serve as the voice for all radiologic sciences students in the state of Mississippi.