Leading the way: Clinical Informatics fellowship up and running

December 9, 2014

The School of Medicine is pleased to announce that its Clinical Informatics Fellowship Program is accepting applications for its inaugural class of fellows through January 15, 2015.

Launching in July 2015, the fellowship will help prepare physicians who seek to become board-certified in the new subspecialty of clinical informatics. With this experience, program fellows will be one step closer to obtaining employment in the field of clinical informatics filling essential positions like Chief Medical Information Officer (CMIO) in healthcare and vendor organizations. Job opportunities across the biomedical and health informatics continue to be strong and well-compensated.The fellowship will be structured like a traditional clinical fellowship: Fellows will work through various rotations in different healthcare settings, not only at OHSU Hospital but also the VA Portland Health Care System. They will also take classes in the OHSU Graduate Certificate Program that will provide them with foundational knowledge in the field and prepare them for the board certification exam at the end of their fellowship.

OHSU is just the third program in the country to receive accreditation from the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). Several other programs are also in the process of seeking accreditation, and a number of them will be using OHSU distance learning course materials for the didactic portion of their programs. The new specialty was launched in 2013, with physicians already working in the field able to sit for the certification exam by meeting prior practice requirements. Starting in 2018, this "grandfathering" pathway will go away, and only those completing an ACGME-accredited fellowship will be board-eligible. Last year, seven OHSU faculty physicians became board-certified in the new clinical informatics subspecialty.

To learn more or apply for the fellowship, visit http://www.ohsu.edu/CIFellowship


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