Clinical Informatics Fellowship

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: When can I apply for a CI fellowship?

A: We open applications a year before the start date –so if you are graduating from your residency program in June/July 2017, you can apply starting July 1, 2016.

Q: Does your program participate in the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP)?

A: Not yet. All the CI programs agreed last year to make their selections on the same day, but we are still a new and upcoming specialty, so we are not part of NRMP or ERAS yet.

Q: I'm an international medical graduate. Can I apply to your program?

A: Yes, if you are board-eligible or certified in a primary specialty, and completed your residency program from an ACGME-accredited residency program. 

Q: What benefits am I eligible for as a fellow at OHSU?

A: Details of house staff benefits are here.

Q: I already have some CI experience, can I be "grandfathered" into CI board certification?

A: The grandfathering process will end in 2018. If you think you already meet the requirements for taking the CI board exams, you should contact the American Board of Preventive Medicine (ABPM) to see if you are eligible. If not eligible for grandfathering, the only way to become board certified in clinical informatics is to complete the 2-year fellowship.

Q: My primary specialty board certification has lapsed. Can I still apply for your program?

A: CI requires diplomates to maintain their primary specialty board certification. If you are ineligible for board certification in your primary specialty, or your certification has lapsed, we urge you to contact us before applying so that we can determine if you are eligible.

Q: Can I combine the CI fellowship with another fellowship in a clinical specialty?

A: ACGME requires CI fellows to be full-time in the specialty, and so at this time you cannot combine subspecialties at the same time. You can, however, complete subspecialty training in a different discipline before or after your CI training. So for example, if you are an internist, you can apply for a CI fellowship after completing subspecialty training in a fellowship such as cardiology or gastroenterology. 

Q: I'm a resident at an ACGME-accredited program in the US. Can I do a clinical informatics rotation / elective at OHSU?

A: We do have opportunities for residents to do an "away" CI rotation at OHSU. However, unlike clinical electives, the CI rotation tends to be bespoke, and individualized to the resident's needs. If you wish to come to OHSU for a CI rotation during your residency, please contact Lauren Ludwig at so that we can determine how best to meet your learning goals.

Q: I'm a medical student at a school in the US. Can I do a clinical informatics rotation / elective at OHSU?

A: CI rotation opportunities for medical students are very limited. Please contact Lauren Ludwig at  to inquire about your options.

Q: I'm a resident / medical student at an international medical institution. Can I do a clinical informatics rotation / elective at OHSU?

A: At this time, we do not have the process for international rotations set up. 

Q: Is Portland really like how it is portrayed in "Portlandia"?

A: The short answer is "yes". The long answer is that Portland is a very unique place to live. There are a multitude of things to do, both outdoors and indoors. Want to spend the day at the beach? It's just an hour or two away. The mountains? Ditto. Visit a volcano? Sure. Hike the gorgeous Columbia Gorge? Yep. Take a cable car to work? Why not, it's a free ride with your OHSU ID. Whether you are into arts and culture, microbrews, the great outdoors, eclectic cuisine, bicycling, sustaining the environment, Magic the Gathering, geocaching, good coffee, or you are just looking for a place where you can flourish, then Portland should probably be on your shortlist of "best places to live". Even during the winter, when it rains incessantly. But the summers more than make up for it.