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Jun 10, 2014 1:13 PM

Dr. Wendy Chapman and Dr. Wendy Hobson-Rohrer

Dr. Wendy Chapman and Dr. Wendy Hobson-Rohrer both know about the importance of communication.

In her career in the field of biomedical informatics, Dr. Chapman focuses on extracting information from narrative clinical text, and putting it form that can be queried for important tasks such as creating clinical cohorts and identifying adverse events. Dr. Hobson-Rohrer’s focus is quite different; she is a pediatrician who works with Latino children with special health needs, developing programs that provide better access to health care. But while their specialties are very different at the core of both women’s work is the desire to make information understandable, and get it to those who need it. This is one of the reasons that both Drs. Chapman and Hobson-Rohrer are now a part of the 2014 Hedwig van Ameringen Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine (ELAM) Fellowship.

This is the 20th year of the ELAM Fellowship program, which aims to prepare women in the health sciences for leadership roles. This year 54 women from across the United States are taking part in the 11 month program, which includes online assignments, community building activities and three week long in-residence sessions. The program is part of the core at the Institute for Women’s Health and Leadership at the Drexel University College of Medicine.

Both Hobson-Rohrer and Chapman are already considered leaders in their fields. Hobson-Rohrer is the Associate Dean for Faculty Development and  the founder and the director of the Academy of Medical Sciences Educators, a group looking to improve educational excellence across the University of Utah Health Sciences Center, and to honor exceptional educators.  She is the Pediatric Medical Director of the South Main clinic and the faculty team leader for the Academic Pediatric Association Educational Scholar Program. Chapman is currently the Chair of the University Of Utah Department Of Biomedical Informatics, and is serving on the board of directors for the American Medical Informatics Association.

University of Utah Health Care congratulates both Chapman and Hobson-Rohrer and looks forward to seeing both of them put the knowledge they gain during the ELAM fellowship to work in Utah and beyond. 

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