Devashish Saini, a graduate student in the Health Informatics master’s program, already holds an M.D. His research, under the supervision of Dr. Helmuth Orthner, focuses on the use of upcoming technology for prehospital care and disaster management. His thesis focuses on building and validating a feedback system for EMS personnel. He is also a Clinical Research Fellow in the Department of Emergency Medicine, and working on several projects focusing on improving quality of CPR in out-of-hospital cardiac arrest cases.

When asked what made him choose UAB for graduate studies, he replied, “UAB's Health Informatics program is one of the most respected health informatics programs in the U.S. Member of the program faculty have continually been leaders in the field of health informatics. The program also has a great blend of management, informatics and healthcare topics, and has prepared me very well for a career in informatics.”

Devashish considers his advisor, Dr. Helmuth Orthner, to be his greatest influence. “Dr Orthner has influenced me greatly during my academic career at UAB. The breadth and depth of his knowledge about topics and issues in health informatics is very impressive. He has been very supportive of me on both professional and personal levels.”

While attending UAB, Devashish has received the 2006 International Student Academic Excellence Award, the Charles Brook Award for Creativity (2005), the HIMSS Foundation HealthLink Scholarship (2005), and was selected for 2005 Who’s Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities.

 Devashish’s most rewarding experience here at UAB was serving as President of the UAB Association of Indian Students. “During that time, I was engaged in helping fellow students, making new friends, and organizing cultural events. During my term in office, I learned the value of community service and the skills needed to become an inspirational leader.”

Devashish wants graduate students to get involved in campus activities. “There are so many wonderful opportunities at UAB for students to get involved in student activities, leadership, and community service. Being involved in what happens on campus will help you to improve your interpersonal skills, make new friends, and make a difference in the lives of others, all at the same time.”

Devashish plans to join the Surgery (Preliminary) Residency Program at the University of Missouri-Columbia. “My career goals are twofold. I want to be a physician engaged in patient care, while leading the informatics initiatives in an academic healthcare organization as an informatician.”

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