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Top Priorities in Clinical Informatics Education

Clinical Informatics Program Director
Indiana University School of Medicine

JT Finnell, MD, MSc, FACEP, FACMI(1)Welcome to the “July edition” of Clinical Informatics education. I'm JT Finnell, one of the CI fellowship program directors. As an informatician, I tend to think in bullets so here are the top priorities in clinical informatics education:

CI Board Examination:

June 30th was the deadline to register for the CI Board Exam for this fall. Registration is handled through the American Board of preventative medicine. The link is here:

Please keep in mind that 2021 is the last year to “grandfather” in to take the CI board exam. So, in 2022, in order for you to sit for the exam, you will have to have completed an accredited CI Fellowship program. 

Fellowship Training:

1. There are now 29 ACGME accredited fellowship programs. These can be found listed on AMIA’s website. I expect we will be over 30 in the upcoming months. Each of these programs typically trains 1 to 3 fellows, so they are fairly small. Last year, in 2016, there were 34 positions offered across 18 accredited programs.

2. ERAS: All CI accredited fellowship programs will be moving to ERAS for this academic cycle. As such, all application materials will be loaded into ERAS and disseminated to fellowship programs. Of particular note, ERAS is organized by the parent program discipline. Clinical informatics fellowship programs may be overseen by the following specialties: Anesthesiology, Diagnostic Radiology, Emergency Medicine, Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, Medical Genetics, Pathology, Pediatrics, or Preventive Medicine.  So for applicants, it will be more challenging to find their programs of interest. For example, if a program is sponsored by emergency medicine, an applicant wishing to apply to one of these programs will need to first select Emergency Medicine to find the CI Fellowship program to apply to. As this functionality impacts more than one training program, we are told that ERAS is looking at ways to resolve this navigation issue.

InSpire: June 06 - 08, 2017
This is the second year where the AMIA Academic Forum’s annual conference was open to a broader group of educators. The meeting focused upon informatics education and was held in San Diego this year. The focus on this year's meeting was entitled “Developing the Health Informatics Workforce of the Future Conference”. This meeting was co-located with the National Library of Medicine (NLM) Informatics Training Conference which was held in cooperation with UCSD immediately preceding InSpire.

Please let me know if you have any questions about education and training regarding clinical informatics. All of the Clinical Informatics Fellowship program directors met during InSpire this June. Look for the conference again, next year!

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Important Dates:


InSpire June 06 - 08, 2017 
ABMP CI Board Exam Registration  June 30th, 2017 (fees increase)
ERAS / Fellowship applications open  July 15th, 2017
AMIA Annual Symposium (DC) November 4th – 8th, 2017

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