November 24, 2004

Contact: Luke Frank, Senior Public Affairs Representative, 272-3679

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Two new faculty members for the Health Sciences Library and Informatics Center will help to advance medical training and clinical care at UNM's School of Medicine and beyond.

Phillip Kroth, M.D., M.S., assistant director for health sciences informatics program development, is charged with Medical Informatics curriculum development, teaching and recruiting, while Deborah LaPointe, Ph.D., will serve as assistant director for education development and will focus initially on compliance issues.

Kroth, formerly a physician at Indiana University Medical Center (IUMC), received his Doctor of Medicine from the Medical College of Ohio, and completed his Medical Informatics Fellowship IUMC in the spring of last year. He also holds a Bachelor's of Science in computer engineering.

While developing an Informatics Fellowship Program at UNM, Kroth also will participate in planning and evaluating clinical computing systems and the HSC's Knowledge Management and information Technology, which effectively makes available electronically medical and health information for health care providers.

LaPointe, who earned a Ph.D. from the Organizational Learning and Instructional Technologies Program at UNM, as well as a Master's Degree in Business Education and Consumer Law from Northern Illinois University, will advise in compliance education and training for professional development of HSC staff and faculty, and introduce technologies for classroom and training situations.

"These are two eminently qualified professionals who will greatly enhance the education and performance of health care practitioners at UNM's Health Sciences Center and ultimately in New Mexico and beyond," remarks Holly Buchanan, director of Health Sciences Library and Associate Vice President for Knowledge Management and IT.

The University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center provides added value to health care through leadership in providing innovative, collaborative education; advancing frontiers of science through research critical to the future of health care; delivering health care services that are at the forefront of science; and facilitating partnerships with public and private biomedical and health enterprises. For more information on the UNM Health Sciences Center, visit http://.hsc.unm.edu.