Tag Archives: Diary of an Online Student

Failure, Finances, and APA Format

Failure, Finances, and APA Format

Posted on24. Jan, 2013 by .

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Barriers, Resistance, and Challenges As mentioned in my previous blog entry, my own personal barriers and resistance to changing my life and going back to school revolved around three main issues: the fear of failure, financial constraints, APA format, and of course the major challenges of keeping focused and time management.  My mother has always […]

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So Much Opportunity, So Many Challenges

So Much Opportunity, So Many Challenges

Posted on30. Nov, 2012 by .

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As I consider what to write in this blog posting, I think about all the opportunities I see in health informatics. As an information management professional, I have been working with data and computer systems for over 20 years. But health informatics is still in the beginning stages of providing the kind of value seen […]

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Thankful for a Midlife Crisis

Thankful for a Midlife Crisis

Posted on26. Nov, 2012 by .

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It is Thanksgiving!  For most it is a time to be with family and friends.  This is also a time that we share memories of good times and bad times, memories of the people we have lost or have impacted our lives in some way.  It is also a time that we reflect on all […]

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UIC Student Reporting from Superstorm Sandy

UIC Student Reporting from Superstorm Sandy

Posted on31. Oct, 2012 by .

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When I thought my life couldn’t get any more hectic, Hurricane Sandy comes along yesterday and shuts down the entire Eastern seaboard. Thank goodness we in New Hampshire didn’t get effects much more than serious wind and rain. I see a bit of sun peeking out now. Hopefully this will dry up all the rain […]

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My Road to the University of Illinois at Chicago’s Master of Science in Health Informatics Program

My Road to the University of Illinois at Chicago’s Master of Science in Health Informatics Program

Posted on25. Oct, 2012 by .

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Introduction My name is Dusty Brinson and I am a student in the University of Illinois at Chicago’s (UIC) Master of Science in Health Informatics (MSHI) program. For the next several months, I will be sharing with you my experiences as an online graduate student. Never say Never I graduated in 1992 with an Associate […]

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The End of My UIC Graduate Education, But Just the Beginning!

The End of My UIC Graduate Education, But Just the Beginning!

Posted on01. Jun, 2012 by .

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Suffice it to say things really started to hit me once I was boarded my flight from Atlanta to Chicago Midway on the evening of Wednesday, May 2nd.  A part of me was incredibly excited, another part of me was shocked in disbelief.  I’ve been doing this since January 2010, I thought to myself… where […]

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One For the Books…

One For the Books…

Posted on02. Dec, 2011 by .

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Wow does time fly. As of this writing, I am about half way through my third to last class with UIC’s online Master of Science in Health Informatics (MSHI) program!  I still remember when I started back in January 2010, thinking that I’ll be in school forever; it sure doesn’t feel like that anymore! It […]

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One More Year to Go…

One More Year to Go…

Posted on17. May, 2011 by .

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I’ve been having a hard time comprehending the fact that May 2011 is already here, which marks a significant milestone for me: I have only one year left in UIC’s Master of Science in Health Informatics (MSHI) online program.  I remember thinking mid-year last year, I’ll never finish this program, but sure enough time keeps […]

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Whether on the Road or in the Air, HIT is Everywhere…

Whether on the Road or in the Air, HIT is Everywhere…

Posted on28. Mar, 2011 by .

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First and foremost, I need to apologize for my disappearing act, as it’s been well over two months since my last post!  This is perhaps the busiest I’ve ever been in my life.  I often joke with my fiancée that rarely has there been a time in either of our lives where our entire year […]

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Snowed In, Yet Still Attending Class at UIC!

Snowed In, Yet Still Attending Class at UIC!

Posted on14. Jan, 2011 by .

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What a way to start the new year! Last Sunday evening marked the beginning of what has become known as the “Blizzard of 2011” for the southern part of the country.  Before it all started,  I was skeptical; maybe it’s because I’m originally from the Midwest, but it’s usually laughable when it snows in these […]

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UIC Master’s in Health Informatics Online Student Diary – And So It Begins. . .

UIC Master’s in Health Informatics Online Student Diary – And So It Begins. . .

Posted on12. Nov, 2010 by .

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Introduction My name is Ryan Esslinger and I am a student in the University of Illinois at Chicago’s (UIC) Master of Science in Health Informatics (MSHI) program.  I have been asked to share my experiences as an online UIC student, so for the next few months I will do my best to take you along […]

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