Appl Clin Inform 2018; 09(02): 261-267
DOI: 10.1055/s-0038-1641735
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A Model for Clinical Informatics Education for Residents: Addressing an Unmet Need

Mark V. Mai
1  Department of Pediatrics, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
2  Department of Biomedical and Health Informatics, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
,
Brooke T. Luo
1  Department of Pediatrics, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
,
Evan W. Orenstein
1  Department of Pediatrics, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
2  Department of Biomedical and Health Informatics, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
,
Anthony A. Luberti
1  Department of Pediatrics, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
2  Department of Biomedical and Health Informatics, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
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Publication History

19 December 2017

10 March 2018

Publication Date:
18 April 2018 (online)

Abstract

Opportunities for education in clinical informatics exist throughout the spectrum of formal education extending from high school to postgraduate training. However, physicians in residency represent an underdeveloped source of potential informaticians. Despite the rapid growth of accredited fellowship programs since clinical informatics became a board-eligible subspecialty in 2011, few resident physicians are aware of their role at the intersection of clinical medicine and health information technology or associated opportunities. In an effort to educate and engage residents in clinical informatics, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia has developed a three-pronged model: (1) an elective rotation with hands-on project experience; (2) a longitudinal experience that offers increased exposure and mentorship; and (3) a resident founded and led working group in clinical informatics. We describe resident participation in these initiatives and lessons learned, as well as resident perceptions of how these components have positively influenced informatics knowledge and career choices. Since inception of this model, five residents have pursued the clinical informatics fellowship. This educational model supports resident involvement in hospital-wide informatics efforts with tangible projects and promotes wider engagement through educational opportunities commensurate with the resident's level of interest.

Protection of Human and Animal Subjects

Collection of resident feedback and perceptions was deemed exempt by the Institutional Review Board at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.