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OHSU offers predoctoral and postdoctoral research training fellowships in biomedical informatics. Support for the programs comes from the National Library of Medicine, the National Institute of Dental & Craniofacial Research, NIH Fogarty International Center, Kaiser-Permanente, and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. By providing a structured research experience with the option of coursework and/or pursuit of a degree, the program prepares fellows to undertake independent biomedical informatics research in the academic community, or to assume leadership positions in the growing number of hospital and/or commercial efforts in biomedical informatics.

OHSU Clinical Informatics Fellowship

OHSU is establishing a new Clinical Informatics Fellowship that will provide physicians with training in clinical informatics that will enable them to achieve board certification in the new subspecialty of clinical informatics, and will follow the format of the guidelines recently published by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). The fellowship is currently applying to obtain ACGME accreditation, which will be awarded to programs starting this year. Fellows will divide their time between informatics project work, didactic courses leading to the awarding of the Graduate Certificate in Biomedical Informatics, and clinical practice in their primary specialty.

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National Library of Medicine Fellowship

OHSU is one of 14 programs funded nationally by the National Library of Medicine (NLM) Biomedical Informatics Training Grant. Postdoctoral positions are open to any qualified individual with a doctoral degree (MD, PhD, DDS, etc.), with the fellow also strongly encouraged to also pursue a master's degree in the OHSU program. Predoctoral positions are open to PhD students in the OHSU Biomedical Informatics Graduate Program. The fellowship package includes a stipend based on the NIH postdoctoral fellowship salary, health insurance, conference travel, and all tuition and fees. By providing a structured research experience, the program prepares fellows to enter the academic community and undertake programs of independent biomedical informatics research, or to take leadership positions in the growing number of hospital and/or commercial efforts in biomedical informatics. Fellows engage in a rigorous and dynamic program of study - though they survey the field broadly during their fellowship, they also focus on and complete a significant research project that is presented in both oral and written form. All classes within the department are made available to fellows, as well as courses throughout OHSU and our consortium of other nearby universities.

National Institute of Dental & Craniofacial Research Fellowship

This innovative fellowship is offered through a partnership between OHSU's Department of Medical Informatics and Clinical Epidemiology and the OHSU School of Dentistry. The fellowship is funded structured similar to the NLM fellowship program. It provides fully funded training grants for individuals interested in pursuing oral health, dental, and/or craniofacial related informatics research, and supported by a National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR) Training Grant. Our goal is to prepare the fellow/ trainee to enter the academic community and become an independent researcher, or to take leadership positions in the growing number academic and/or commercial efforts in oral health informatics.

U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs Fellowship

This fellowship is offered through our existing collaborative fellowship program between OHSU and the Portland Veteran's Administration (VA) Medical Center. This position is open to an MD and has a clinical practice component. The fellow is expected to work on a project with the VA's advanced clinical information system. The fellowship package includes a stipend, health insurance, conference travel, and all tuition and fees.

Kaiser Permanente Fellowship 
This fellowship opportunity is an innovative partnership between OHSU and Kaiser Permanente Northwest open to an MD or DO. The goal of this fellowship is to equip the trainee with knowledge and skills in clinical informatics, in order to become a leader in applying information technology to clinical practice and to health care systems. During the course of the fellowship, the fellow is required to take a minimum of six courses in the OHSU Biomedical Informatics Graduate Program. The fellow will also engage in a substantive medical informatics project working with a Project Mentor at Kaiser Permanente Northwest. The project must involve an aspect involving information technology, but may be research-oriented or oriented toward quality or organizational improvement. In order to maintain a clinical orientation and focus, the fellow will be assigned to clinical care duties within their specialty for approximately three half-days per week at a Kaiser Permanente facility. The fellowship package includes a stipend, health insurance, conference travel, and tuition and fees for one course per academic quarter. 



Resources

Fellows are provided with numerous specialized resources intended to foster their research. Each fellow is provided with shared office space in the BICC Building or elsewhere on the OHSU campus. Several conferences are available to fellows, including the weekly Thursday noon conference [link to oninformatics.com]. Once a week, the fellows meet to present updates of current trends in informatics, tutorials on topics of interest, and training in areas of special concern such as the ethical conduct of research. Fellows are also encouraged to attend two national meetings where they present their own research and participate in the discussion of research by colleagues, one of which is the annual NLM training program meeting.

Research

The principal activity of OHSU's fellows is learning the skills and responsibilities of research as apprentices to junior and senior faculty. The major portion of the time spent by the fellows is in the research laboratories of the BICC and its collaborating scientists. While fellows may launch their own research projects, every effort is made to have them connect with a faculty member's personal interests for optimal mentoring. Fellows are therefore encouraged to involve themselves with the ongoing faculty projects described here, or with projects related to their main research interests and that are sponsored by other faculty at OHSU.

Applying

These positions are open only to citizens of the United States or permanent residents. The application will include a one to two-page personal statement, official university transcripts from all colleges and universities attended, curriculum vitae, three letters of recommendation, and a $70 non-refundable application fee.

Official transcripts, letters of recommendation and curriculum vitae can be submitted to: Lauren Ludwig Admissions Coordinator Biomedical Informatics, OHSU 3181 SW Sam Jackson Park Rd. BICC 504 Portland, OR 97239. The online application will be available on September 1st, 2014 and close on December 1, 2014.

If you have any questions, please contact Lauren Ludwig at 503 494-2252 or ludwigl@ohsu.edu OHSU is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.