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Now in it's fifth year, the AMIA First Look Program takes place place yearly at the AMIA Annual Symposium. The goal of the program is to expose undergraduate women with an interest in informatics and/or STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) to the field through attendance at the Symposium.

Students receive free conference registration and are welcome to participate as their schedule permits.

The AMIA First Look program is sponsored by the Women in AMIA Steering Committee with financial support from committed industry partners.

Requirements

  • First Look participants will be at least at the sophomore level at an undergraduate institution with a STEM-focused program.
  • Participants must be enrolled at an institution near the site of the Annual Symposium.
  • While schedules are flexible, students must participate on one pre-determined day.

Objectives

The objectives for students participating in the AMIA First Look program are to:

  • Provide underrepresented undergraduate students with an interest in informatics and/or STEM an opportunity to learn about the field of informatics by attending key symposium events;
  • Introduce and engage students in the Women in AMIA community by interacting with women in informatics through assigned mentored guides and both formal and informal networking receptions; and
  • Equip students with resources for internship and post-graduate career “next-steps” in informatics by networking and making connections with industry and educational professionals in the exhibit hall.

Recent Schedule

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AMIA 2021 Annual Symposium

San Diego, CA

The AMIA 2021 Annual Symposium begins Saturday, October 30 and concludes Wednesday, November 3. Students will receive free conference registration and are welcome to participate as their schedule permits; mandatory participation is only required for October 31.

Previous Years

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AMIA 2020 Annual Symposium

Virtual

The 4th Annual AMIA 2021 Annual Symposium begins Saturday, November 11 and concludes Wednesday, November 15. Student participants receive free conference registration and are welcome to participate as their schedule permits.
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AMIA 2019 Annual Symposium

Washington, DC

The 3rd Annual AMIA 2021 Annual Symposium begins Saturday, November 16 and concludes Wednesday, November 20. Student participants receive free conference registration and are welcome to participate as their schedule permits.

Schedule of Events: Sunday, November 4

Orientation meet up 7:30 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.

  • Registration badge pick-up and ribbon selection
  • Partner with Mentor #1-for-a-Day

Student Paper Competition 7:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

  • Mentors will escort AMIA First Look students to the Student Paper Competition

Women in AMIA/AMIA First Look Lunch 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

  • Mentors will share their informatics story with AMIA First Look students; topics will be distributed to aid the conversation. The lunch will also include a brief panel, but this focuses on small-group engagement between mentors and

Opening Plenary Session 1:30 p.m. –  3:00 p.m.

  • Mentor will escort AMIA First Look students to the Opening Plenary Session

Scientific Sessions 3:30 p.m. –  5:00 p.m.

  • Mentor will attend the Scientific Sessions with a AMIA First Look students.

Welcome Reception 5:00 p.m. –  6:00 p.m.

  • Mentor will escort AMIA First Look students to the Learning Showcase to meet sponsors and take photos.