CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 · Yearb Med Inform 2018; 27(01): 237-242
DOI: 10.1055/s-0038-1641198
Research & Education
Georg Thieme Verlag KG Stuttgart

Five Years of Clinical Informatics Board Certification for Physicians in the United States of America

Christoph U. Lehmann
1  Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN, USA
,
Adi V. Gundlapalli
2  University of Utah School of Medicine and VA Salt Lake City Health Care System, Salt Lake City, UT, USA
,
Jeffrey J. Williamson
3  American Medical Informatics Association, Bethesda, MD, USA
,
Douglas B. Fridsma
3  American Medical Informatics Association, Bethesda, MD, USA
,
William R. Hersh
4  Oregon Health & Science University, Portland, OR, USA
,
Marie Krousel-Wood
5  Tulane University School of Medicine and School Public Health and Tropical Medicine, New Orleans, LA, USA
6  American Board of Preventive Medicine, Chicago, IL, USA
,
Christopher J. Ondrula
6  American Board of Preventive Medicine, Chicago, IL, USA
,
Benson Munger
6  American Board of Preventive Medicine, Chicago, IL, USA
› Author Affiliations
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Publication History

Publication Date:
22 April 2018 (eFirst)

  

Summary

Objectives: To review the highlights of the new Clinical Informatics subspecialty including its history, certification requirements, development of and performance on the certification examination in the United States.

Methods: We reviewed processes for the development of a subspecialty. Data from board certification examinations were collated and analyzed. We discussed eligibility requirements in the fellowship as well as practice pathways.

Results: Lessons learned from the development of the Clinical Informatics subspecialty, opportunities, challenges, and future directions for the field are discussed.

Conclusions: There remains a need for fellowship programs and creation and maintenance of a professional home for the subspecialty with the American Medical Informatics Association. Ongoing attention to the currency of the core content is required to maintain an examination designed to test the key concepts within the field of Clinical Informatics.