Bruce A. Houtchens, MD

Memorial Scholarship

The Bruce A. Houtchens, MD, Memorial Scholarship in Biomedical Informatics and Telemedicine was established in memory of Dr. Bruce A. Houtchens, MD. The purpose of the scholarship is to provide a first year graduate assistantship to an incoming PhD-seeking student.

The award will be offered to a student during the admissions season in early spring, in years when funds are able to support, and will begin the following fall semester. Consideration will be given to those applicants who demonstrate academic excellence and who have passed their qualifying exam.

The recipient will be paid as a graduate assistant in order to qualify the student for the graduate school's tuition benefit program that pays 100% regular tuition. The scholarship will also pay the differential tuition fees, health insurance premium up to $2,000 and $1,000 travel expenses. The total value of the scholarship is approximately $55,000.

In return, the student will perform a set of specified tasks (20 hours per week), and must choose a faculty supervisory chair by March, who will pick up the student's support at the conclusion of this scholarship. US citizenship is not required for application.


Students interested in applying for this scholarship should submit a letter of interest as part of the application process to the Department of Biomedical Informatics.

Bruce A. Houtchens, MD

The Bruce A. Houtchens, MD, Award in Medical Informatics and Telemedicine was established and named in memory of Dr. Houtchens, who was a surgeon, physicist, mathematician, and aeronautical and astronautical engineer. His main interests included trauma, surgery/critical care, space medicine, and clinical application of telemedicine and medical informatics. The ward was established to open new horizons of medical technology, and to seek better ways of integrating medical technology into medical education and clinical practice. The first award was presented in 1997.

A personal reflection by Dr. Homer Warner describes Bruce, as follows: “Bruce and I had many long discussions about how essential computers were and would become in providing medical care. Bruce was a brilliant student and had excellent ideas and projects that just seemed to “flow” from his intellect. Instead of just one project, Bruce proposed three as potential MS thesis projects. He became involved in a project to provide electronic, radio communications from injured soldiers in the battlefield. His forward thinking about how to instrument, communicate, and computer process data from an injured soldier in battle really overtook Bruce.” The Master of Science in Medical Informatics Degree was awarded posthumously in 1995.

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