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Informatics for the next generation: advances in curriculum transformation

Medical students who learn early how to use the electronic health record (EHR) and other information systems – all ubiquitous tools in today’s delivery system – will gain essential skills to prepare them for professional practice. OHSU is poised to be a leader in creating the search-savvy, patient-centered toolkit necessary for tomorrow’s physician workforce.

“Having competence in clinical informatics is important for 21st century physicians who will interact with information systems throughout their medical practice,” said William Hersh, M.D., chair and professor of medical informatics and clinical epidemiology, OHSU School of Medicine. He’s quick to point out that skills in leveraging informatics will help achieve the triple aim objective of better health, better care and lower costs.

As part of OHSU’s M.D. curriculum transformation, Dr. Hersh and a team of faculty* from multiple specialties came together in 2012 to re-envision the role of informatics training in the new yourMD curriculum that kicks off on Aug. 11. A summary of their work  developing a new set of competencies, learning objectives and learning activities appears in the July issue of Advances in Medical Education and Practice in a paper titled “Beyond information retrieval and electronic health record use: competencies in clinical informatics for medical education."

The paper describes the competencies required to enable future clinicians to work with health record data in ways that are meaningful to patient care. "Integrating information systems training into medical education will help future clinicians enter the workforce fully prepared with the skills they will need to meet the demands of changing healthcare landscape in which patients increasingly seek to interact with their health care providers online, as in the case of electronic appointment scheduling and e-visits, or through technologies like telemedicine” said Dr. Hersh.

Dr. Hersh and colleagues plan to validate their methodology with colleagues from institutions similarly engaged in curriculum transformation and to develop evaluation criteria and activities to measure the success of these new standards. “As educators, our role should be to provide the kinds of hands-on learning that prepares future clinicians to deliver the highest possible outcomes” said paper co-author and senior associate dean for education, George Mejicano, M.D.

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*Authors:    
William R. Hersh, M.D., professor of medical informatics and clinical epidemiology, OHSU School of Medicine; Paul N. Gorman M.D., associate professor of medical informatics and clinical epidemiology, OHSU School of Medicine; Frances Emily Biagioli, M.D., associate professor of family medicine, OHSU School of Medicine; Vishnu Mohan, M.B.B.S., M.B.I., assistant professor of medical informatics and clinical epidemiology, OHSU School of Medicine; Jeffrey A. Gold, M.D., associate professor of medicine (pulmonary and critical care medicine), OHSU School of Medicine; and George C. Mejicano, M.D., M.S., senior associate dean for education, OHSU School of Medicine.

Citation:   

Beyond information retrieval and electronic health record use: competencies in clinical informatics for medical education
Advances in Medical Education and Practice
2014 Volume 2014:5 Pages 205 – 212
Hersh WR, Gorman PN, Biagioli FE, Mohan V, Gold JA, Mejicano GC

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For more on the use of electronic health records in medical education, see the March issue of Academic Medicine and “The place for EHR training in medical education” by Christina E Milano M.D., assistant professor of family medicine, OHSU School of Medicine; Joseph A. Hardman, M.D., assistant professor of general internal medicine and geriatrics, OHSU School of Medicine; Rebecca E. Rdesinski, M.P.H., M.S.W., research associate in family medicine, OHSU School of Medicine; and Frances Emily Biagioli, M.D., associate professor of family medicine, OHSU School of Medicine.