The UA College of Medicine – Tucson Technology Focus Impresses at Summit

Professor of surgery and executive director of the Arizona Simulation Technology and Education Center (ASTEC), Dr. Allan Hamilton, presented the keynote and he was joined by UA College of Medicine staff and faculty members who presented six posters on a variety of topics.

More than 400 information technology employees from across the University of Arizona campus came together at the university’s first IT Summit held in July.

The goal of the conference was to bring IT professionals together to connect, exchange ideas, keep each other informed about ongoing projects and to discuss current and future challenges as well as to share best practices.
University of Arizona President Ann Weaver Hart gave opening remarks and UA Chief Information Officer Michele Norin provided the IT Summit welcome.

The University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson was well represented, with Professor of Surgery Dr. Allan Hamilton presenting the keynote, Innovation: The Biologic Efficacy of Magic. Hamilton is executive director of the Arizona Simulation Technology and Education Center (ASTEC).

College of Medicine staff and faculty members also presented six posters on a variety of topics (below).
Hamilton’s speech on innovation encouraged IT professionals to find creative ways to solve problems, to take risks, and to not be concerned with gaining consensus before tackling new projects or technology.

Information technology "really is the foundation of the 21st century for this University. We have to understand that the ability to collaborate is becoming critical – not just for surviving, but for thriving," Hamilton said. The goal of the ASTEC center is to advance medical education through the use of simulation technology and human factors testing.

The center’s collaborative learning environment mirrors the goals set for the IT Summit.

Summit attendees chose from 16 sessions falling under four categories: how to process and handle big datasets; web development and content management systems; IT best practices; and trends and strategies for IT, in which participants discussed topics such as information security and the strategic network master plan.

UA College of Medicine Dean Steve Goldschmid, MD and Ronald S. Weinstein, MD of the Arizona Telemedicine Program and many other leaders from the College of Medicine and the Arizona Health Sciences Center attended.

Poster sessions by UA College of Medicine IT professionals:
Arizona Telemedicine Program Network
Michael Holcomb, associate director, information technology
Kristine Erps, associate director, administration
Ronald S. Weinstein, MD, director

How to Selectively Import Active Directory users into Linux using ad2yp
John Gross, principal system administrator, Arizona Respiratory Center

Frameworks and Security in LMS Design
Zachariah Hoffman, assistant director, application development, College of Medicine

Making Paper a Thing of the Past- How Electronic Document Management Benefits the College of Medicine
Michael Jean, business analyst, senior, College of Medicine IT Services
Jennifer Yelich, office specialist, senior, College of Medicine IT Services

The Semantic College Website
Max Lieberman, web content manager, College of Medicine

Ready – Set – Go! Event Websites with Registration and Payment Made Simple
Cheryl Novalis-Marine, senior applications architect, College of Medicine IT, Office of Continuing Medical Education

Visit to see the individual sessions and download the presentations.
Planning for IT Summit 2014 will get underway in November. Campus IT professionals interested in being part of the planning committee for next year’s event can contact the Office of the CIO at