2nd Annual Global Medical Student Scholarship Winners Announced

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Driving Research and Growth in Mobile Medical Computing

The winners of the second annual Ali Abdulla Al-Ubaydli™ Scholarship for Mobile Medical Computing™, sponsored by clinical software developer Epocrates, Inc., were announced at a two-day workshop on handheld computers hosted by the company.

Medical residents and students interested in exploring the integration and impact of mobile technologies in medicine applied for the elite scholarship program. Applicants came from five different continents.

The five winners of the second annual scholarship program demonstrated a strong commitment to the advancement of technology in medicine, they include:

  • Dr. Mina Hafzalah, completing a pediatric critical care fellowship at the University of Chicago
  • Dr. Craig Huang, a professor at the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
  • Dr. Muzna Mirza, completing a public health informatics fellowship at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • Dr. Alfonso Rodriguez-Morales, a PhD candidate at the Central University of Venezuela
  • Dr. Iman Tavassoly, a practicing physician beginning a PhD program in the UK

The scholars have the opportunity to work with world-renowned technology expert Dr. Mohammad Al-Ubaydli to create a meta-analysis of research on the topic of mobile medical computing. The winners will also receive a $1,000 stipend for research and a premium mobile reference subscription from Epocrates.

Under Dr. Al-Ubaydli's guidance, scholarship winners will create a free online resource http://www.handheldsfordoctors.com/research for healthcare professionals to drive the implementation of mobile medical computing globally. One of the goals of the project is to provide supporting evidence for individuals to use when working to obtain funding for mobile technology at their practice or institution.

"Each year we are seeing an even higher uptake of mobile technology in medicine," said Dr. Al-Ubaydli. "Most clinicians now have smartphones loaded with clinical software in their pockets to provide better patient care and stay connected."

"This scholarship program will be the vehicle to spread the best practices for mobile medical computing, while training the next generation of informatics innovators." He added, "I was overwhelmed with the high standard and global distribution of the applicants and I am delighted with the caliber of the five winners."

The scholarship's sponsor, Epocrates, is an industry leader in medical references and decision support software for mobile devices and the Internet. For more information about Epocrates' free and premium product offerings, please visit http://www.epocrates.com/products.

About Dr. Mohammad Al-Ubaydli
Dr. Al-Ubaydli graduated as a physician from the University of Cambridge and is currently a Consultant at the IT Insights team at The Advisory Board Company http://www.advisory.com. He is the author of Handheld Computers for Doctors http://www.handheldsfordoctors.com/book,the world's first book on the topic, and The Doctor's PDA and Smartphone Handbook, and is on the executive committee of the UK Health Informatics Society http://www.ukhis.org.uk.

Contact details: Dr Mohammad Al-Ubaydli +1-301-466-3727

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