April 23, 2013
More than 75 physicians registered for the inaugural Clinical Informatics Board Review Course, April 12-14. Course Director, William (Bill) Hersh, M.D. and faculty members, Bimal Desai, M.D., MBI; Tom Payne, M.D.; Diane Montella, M.D., and course consultant Ben Munger, Ph.D., welcomed attendees to the intensive review. The Board exam is in October 2013 and is open to physicians in all 24 specialties. The cross section of physicians represented primary board certifications in allergy and immunology, anesthesiology, emergency medicine, family medicine, internal medicine, obstetrics and gynecology, ophthalmology, pathology, pediatrics, physical medicine and rehabilitation, preventive medicine, surgery, and thoracic surgery. Sixteen percent of the attendees were women.
Don E. Detmer, M.D., M.A., and Edward H. Shortliffe, M.D., Ph.D., AMIA past presidents and CEOs were present, and both were instrumental in creating and guiding the clinical informatics subspecialty and the review course into existence. Course feedback forms are being tabulated, but immediate response from attendees was overwhelmingly positive.
"The inaugural offering of the course was extremely successful. The attendees were highly engaged and enthusiastic, and were pleased to be getting an overview of the field that would help those of them planning to take the certification exam be well-prepared for it. We are looking forward to the next offerings of the course," said Dr. Hersh.