1.  Computational Education of M.D and M.D.-Ph.D.'s

Posted 07-25-2017 10:45
A group of us interested in computational biology education met recently at a Birds-of-a-Feather (BoF) session at ISMB 2017. This session involved a number of break-out discussion groups about potential new topics for our community to consider over the coming year. One of these was improving bioinformatics education for M.D. and M.D.-Ph.D. students. With the increasing prominence of genomic and data-driven methods in biomedical discovery and the rise of genomic, personalized, and precision medicine in the clinic, we felt this was a topic where there is a need for educational expertise our community could provide. Many of us are already working on this topic in one capacity or another and felt there would be value in a more organized effort through the ISCB Education Committee.

For now, we are looking for input or for others interested in contributing to an effort. Some immediate action items arising from the meeting were:

1. Educate ourselves: We need to learn more about related efforts that can help us identify more specific ways in which we can best contribute.

2. Find allies: On a related point, we want to reach out to other groups with an interest in the topic where there might be mutual interest in collaboration to pool expertise or enhance impact.

3. Brainstorm: We are looking to identify more specific topics and mechanisms by which to get involved collectively.

If you want to be involved in this effort or have information or ideas to contribute, please respond to this message. We will look to collect comments as of Oct 1, 2017 to help us set an agenda for the next year.

Russell Schwartz
Professor of Biological Sciences and Computational Biology
Carnegie Mellon University
Pittsburgh PA

2.  RE: Computational Education of M.D and M.D.-Ph.D.'s

Posted 07-26-2017 08:48
Yes am glad to join the group.

3.  RE: Computational Education of M.D and M.D.-Ph.D.'s

Posted 07-27-2017 09:56
Yes I'm glade to join you on this group

Ayoub Ksouri

4.  RE: Computational Education of M.D and M.D.-Ph.D.'s

Posted 08-01-2017 11:29
Happy to contribute


Gabriella Rustici, PhD
Bioinformatics Training Manager

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5.  RE: Computational Education of M.D and M.D.-Ph.D.'s

Posted 08-02-2017 09:18
I am interested to continue participating.
What wasn't clear during the BoF, is that Dennis Wang and Sarah Morgan are already running courses to train clinicians under the Genomics Education Programme for NHS in the UK. I think their experiences over that past couple of years will be insightful for other countries.
Michelle D. Brazas, Ph.D.
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6.  RE: Computational Education of M.D and M.D.-Ph.D.'s

Posted 08-27-2017 09:46
I would be very interested in being part of this group.
Keep me informed, please!

Uri David

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Assistant Professor
McGill University
Montreal QC

7.  RE: Computational Education of M.D and M.D.-Ph.D.'s

Posted 08-02-2017 09:59
happy to contribute, cheers

8.  RE: Computational Education of M.D and M.D.-Ph.D.'s

Posted 11-15-2017 16:10
Hi Everyone,

We're past our posted deadline to find more contributors, although of course anyone else is welcome to join.  I think we do want to follow up on what we will accomplish this year, though.  The next ISMB (July 6-10, 2018 in Chicago) is when at least a good fraction of us will be able to sit down, assess what we've accomplished this year, and make plans for the next year.  I'd suggest since we've got a community here who wants to be involved, we try to pin down a few specific things we'll accomplish by then.

I still would like to follow up on the original ideas of brainstorming, finding allies, and educating ourselves about how ISCB can serve this need.  Perhaps anyone here can weigh in with thoughts about who we might reach out to, share your experiences of what you or others you know are are doing in this space, or offer suggested readings for our group (and anyone else following along on this discussion).

One bit of news I think I can share is that the next ISMB will for the first time have a full-day track devoted to education, which will be soliciting abstracts for talks as well as likely inviting a few speakers.  I think any of our group who have good perspectives to share would be encouraged to submit abstracts, and perhaps we can encourage who have really significant progress (e.g., Michelle's suggestion of Dennis Wang and Sarah Morgan) to contribute or nominate them as invited speakers.


Russell Schwartz
Carnegie Mellon University
Pittsburgh PA

9.  RE: Computational Education of M.D and M.D.-Ph.D.'s

Posted 01-15-2018 20:18
I just wanted to follow up, with those interested in this topic, on the call for papers and abstracts of ISMB 2018. I've posted the call in a new ISCB Connect thread. It would be great if some of us with interesting work to share on MD and MD/PhD education can submit a paper (deadline is January 29) or a talk/poster abstract (deadline is April 5).  I also look forward to a lively discussion at ISMB.

  Russell Schwartz

Russell Schwartz
Carnegie Mellon University
Pittsburgh PA