Clinical Informatics Fellowship
Clinical Informatics (CI) is a rapidly-growing interdisciplinary field that studies and applies the use of biomedical data, knowledge, and information technology (IT) in the delivery of health care. The critical role of clinicians trained in informatics is recognized as integral to the success of our national health agenda. Physician informaticians are uniquely equipped to direct optimal implementation of health information technology and its use in clinical care delivery and continuous quality improvement. Expansion of the clinical informatics workforce and development of leadership at local and national levels are priorities for our national health care system. The demand for informatics expertise will only grow as our healthcare system continues to evolve.
Knowledge of basic principles of clinical informatics is becoming increasingly important to practicing physicians and to trainees at all levels. Access to and use of biomedical data, information, and communication technology are necessary to support practice-based learning and improvement and systems-based practice. Working in inter-professional teams provides a context for the development of the ACGME goals of both the development of interpersonal communication and competency in professionalism. This innovative area is also trending towards the forefront of scientific inquiry at every level of applied research.
The University of Virginia Clinical Informatics Fellowship Program strives to provide fellows with the knowledge, experience, and tools to pursue careers as physician leaders in this emerging field. Our program is administered by the Department of Pediatrics, with the participation of the Division of Biomedical Informatics in the Department of Public Health Sciences. In compliance with the Accreditation Council of Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) and the American Boards of Preventive Medicine and Pathology training requirements, resident education focuses on enhancing medical knowledge and competence in clinical practice and health system leadership in informatics.
The CI training program is 2 years long. CI differs from more traditional fellowship programs in that, rather than developing expertise in a specific field of medicine trainees develop expertise in both technical and clinical domains that is relevant in any care setting. The curriculum is focused on developing knowledge of the health system, clinical decision-making, health information systems, and the leadership skills necessary to effect the improvement of clinical care. Trainees will develop clinical competencies through diverse experiential learning and strong didactic teaching. They will be integrated into the sponsoring institution’s informatics team and will gain the expertise to implement and manage clinical information systems to support safe, effective, and efficient patient care. Our graduates will be clinical innovators, accomplished scholars, effective collaborators, and physician leaders.
The Core Longitudinal CI Rotation forms the “backbone” of the CI fellowship program. This 2-year longitudinal assignment allows the CI fellow to practice clinical informatics with mentorship and supervision appropriate to the fellows’ level of knowledge and skill, to provide educational experiences that would not be as well-suited to block rotations. The fellow will have the opportunity to participate and learn from ongoing CI experiences including IT planning, implementation, and maintenance activities; participation in communication and decision-making through standing committees; serving as a liaison and consultant to clinicians and IT personnel; teaching medical students and clinicians about clinical informatics; assisting with IT user training; and working with our quality and safety team. The fellow will learn about and participate in initiatives in inpatient clinical informatics, ambulatory clinical informatics, quality improvement, IT leadership, and IT security and privacy. Other rotations include Introduction to Health System Information Technology, Clinical Decision Support, Analytics and Reporting, Telemedicine and a broad range of electives.
We currently do not have any openings in our program. In the summer of 2020 we will start accepting applications for the fellowship class to start in July 2021.