12 – Guiding Future Doctors With a Graph

18 Jun, 2022

Speakers: • Jill Putnam, Enterprise Data Manager, Federation of State Medical Boards • Anne Lam, Sr. Software Engineer, Federation of State Medical Boards • Enrique Urrutia, Data Analyst, Federation of State Medical Boards Session type: Full Length Session Abstract: Over 30,000 physicians register each year to take the final step of the high-stakes United States Medical Licensing Exam. The Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB) is the single point of entry for this registration. The complex and arduous journey to becoming a fully licensed physician is incomparable to any other professional requirements, with the health care of the general population dependent on its success. This presentation explores the first use of a Neo4j graph database by the FSMB. It was designed to improve the flow and experience on the exam registration website, guiding physicians through the process. Join us to learn about our journey with Neo4j, including why we decided to use a graph database, our rookie mistakes and deployment triumphs, and the design evolution that led to a custom data ingest tool that we fondly call “Rocket.”

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