Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU) is recruiting physicians for its newly established Clinical Informatics Fellowship. As defined by ACGME, clinical informatics is "the subspecialty of all medical specialties that transforms health care by analyzing, designing, implementing, and evaluating information and communication systems to improve patient care, enhance access to care, advance individual and population health outcomes, and strengthen the clinician-patient relationship."
We are currently recruiting two fellows for the 2015-2016 academic year. The fellowship is affiliated with the OHSU Department of Medicine, with additional administrative support provided by the OHSU Department of Medical Informatics & Clinical Epidemiology. Physicians of all medical specialties may apply, and eligibility for subspecialty certification is not limited to any particular medical specialty.
This fellowship 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). Fellows will work through various rotations in different clinical informatics operational settings, not only at OHSU Hospital but also the Portland VA Medical Center. They will also take classes in the OHSU Graduate Certificate Program that will provide them the knowledge base of the field and prepare them for the board certification exam at the end of their fellowship. Fellows will also continue their clinical practice in their primary specialty.
This new fellowship does not replace any existing OHSU informatics fellowship or other informatics educational program; it is a new addition to the OHSU family of informatics educational opportunities that includes a graduate program, a research fellowship funded by training grants from the NLM and other sources, and clinical fellowships offered by the Portland VA and Kaiser Permanente Northwest.
The new specialty was launched in 2013, with physicians already working in the field able to sit for the certification exam conducted by the American Board of Preventive Medicine (ABPM) by meeting prior practice requirements. Starting in 2018, this "grandfathering" pathway will be discontinued, 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.
OHSU was the third program in the country to receive accreditation in the country. 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.
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