HOBI student places second in AMIA student paper competition

Photo of Qian Li and Mathias Brochhausen, Ph.D.
Qian Li (left) with Mathias Brochhausen, Ph.D., HOBI associate director of education, at the AMIA Annual Symposium in November 2019.

A paper presented by HOBI Ph.D. candidate Qian Li placed second in the Genevieve Melton-Meaux Student Paper Competition at the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) Annual Symposium in November.

Li, who also works as a data management analyst at UF’s Institute for Child Health Policy,  received a $350 cash prize for his presentation, “Assessing the Validity of a a priori Patient-trial Generalizability Score Using Real-world Data from a Large Clinical Data Research Network: A Colorectal Cancer Clinical Trial Case Study.”

Every year AMIA committees review about 100 student papers and select eight finalists. The eight finalists then present their work at AMIA in front of a committee that scores the presentation and selects the top three. Scoring is based on the quality of the paper and clarity of the oral presentation.

“It is extremely difficult to be in the top three,” said Yi Guo, Ph.D., assistant professor of biomedical informatics (BMI) at HOBI and chair of Li’s dissertation committee. Jiang Bian, Ph.D., is the co-chair of Li’s dissertation committee and the senior author of the paper.

Li’s research examined the feasibility of using real-world data in electronic health records to assess clinical outcomes among patients being treated for colon cancer.