ACEP Partners on Informatics Program
By Jeff Nielson, MD, MS
Recognizing the need for a new type of informatics educational initiative, ACEP has partnered with the American Medical Informatics Association to offer the "ACEP-AMIA Informatics Transition Course: A 10x10 Informatics Education Program."
This Web-based program, equivalent to a semester-long, graduate-level informatics course, is part of the AMIA's "10x10 Program," designed to have 10,000 health care professionals trained in medical informatics by the year 2010.
This program focuses on transitioning the emergency physician or ED nurse into an "informatician" aware of the breadth of issues and able to implement solutions in the ED setting.
The "ACEP-AMIA Informatics Transition Course: A 10x10 Infor-matics Education Program" is customized to the needs of the ED. This unique opportunity offers weekly Internet courses (that you can view on your own schedule) through October, followed by a face-to-face meeting the day before ACEP's 2008 Scientific Assembly in Chicago.
The course offers up to 50 hours of AMA Category 1 and ACEP Category I CME credit. And 1-day registration (at least) for ACEP Scientific Assembly is required. Additional information is available online at www.acep.org/cme.aspx?id=36156.
Dr. Neilson is the emergency informatician at Akron City Hospital, Ohio. He is an ACEP and AMIA member, and is one of the instructors for the course.