Public Health, Nursing schools merge information systems
The School of Public Health and the School of Nursing have entered into a novel agreement to merge their information systems departments. Supported by the Health Sciences Center strategic plan, the agreement allows the schools to combine their strengths and gain economy of scale.
Since entering the agreement, IS staff have been busy retiring the nursing school's Novell servers, merging them into the Rollins School's advanced NT and UNIX-based network. They replaced the school's desktop system with one that is among the most advanced on campus, said William Morse, IS director at the School of Public Health.
"The transition of the nursing school to modern technology is practically complete. In less than a month, we have managed to move them to the future," Morse said.
Ouslander named president-elect of American Geriatric Society
Joseph Ouslander, director of the medical school's division of geriatric medicine and gerontology and chief of medicine at the Wesley Woods Center on Aging, has accepted the nomination to become president-elect of the American Geriatrics Society (AGS).
AGS is the national professional organization for geriatricians and other health care providers involved with America's growing older population.
Ouslander will serve as president-elect until May 1999, when he will begin a two-year term as AGS president. Ouslander is also director of the Atlanta Veterans Administration Rehabilitation Research and Development Center. He has served on the AGS board of directors for the past seven years and is an associate editor of the Journal of the American Geriatric Society.
Consulting firm to study information technology systems at Emory
A committee called the Enterprise Project Working Group (EPWG) has selected the firm RPM Consulting to help explore the architectural, financial and operational impact of changing the way communications services-voice, video and data-are provided within the Emory enterprise and to recommend how such changes might be accomplished.
Paul Morris, interim vice provost of Information Technology, and Ron Palmich, chief informational officer of Emory Healthcare, chaired the EPWG, which was created in February specifically to select a consulting firm. Other members of the committee representing Emory Healthcare were Rhonda Fuss, Joseph Massey, John Mason, Chris Camacho and Louis Acuna, and representing ITD were Connie Gentry, Perry Eidson, Jerry Allen and Ramous Fields.
RPM is gathering data and expects to issue its report by the end of September.
URC issues new deadlines for 1998-99 applications
The University Research Committee has announced new deadlines for applications for the 1998-99 academic year.
Oct. 1 is the new deadline for awards to be announced in January, and March 1, 1999, is the deadline for awards to be announced in June 1999. Funds will be available soon after the announcement of awards.
For more information visit the URC web site at <www.emory.edu/RESEARCH> or call 404-727-7503.
Study Abroad Update from England
Emory Report asked several summer abroad students to send us e-mail about their experiences. Emory College's Lewis Satterwhite has spent the summer in London. He reports on his experiences below:
I am in London on the Emory Sociology Study Abroad program. We are investigating health care systems in general, particularly the American and British systems. In comparing the British National Health Service to U.S. care, we are spending our time in the classroom, on field trips throughout England and in clinical areas. In the classroom, we learn from Emory professors Dick Levinson and Mike McQuaide as well as well-known British scholars, students and guest lecturers.
On our field trips we visit places of medical and cultural importance within London and throughout England. The third component of the program includes clinical experience within a chosen field of the NHS. I am taking a closer look at a primary care facility under the direction of a general practitioner. Others in the group have varied internships in areas such as medical specialties, emergency medicine, health administration and community care.
Our program has been very successful thus far. We are winding down the final weeks of the trip, and everyone is having a good time. We spend a lot of time as a group in formal settings, but we have many informal social opportunities as well. We have seen several plays, enjoyed many group meals and had travel opportunities. As much time as we spend together, there has still been plenty of time for individual exploration of London, and weekend opportunities to travel longer distances.
London is an extremely busy city with a lot of activity. The theater is wonderful, and the nightlife is available for all sorts of tastes. I have really enjoyed all of the people here, whether we meet in a classroom, a doctor's office or a local pub. People have been friendly for the most part--and always interesting. It is fascinating to see how life in this big city both resembles and is distinct from life in an American city. We share many characteristics in language and culture, yet the lifestyle is markedly different.
Overall I have enjoyed this experience as much as anything I have ever done. I am looking forward to returning home soon, but I will always cherish the time I have spent here.