Appl Clin Inform 2020; 11(03): 483-486
DOI: 10.1055/s-0040-1714348
Letter to the Editor
Georg Thieme Verlag KG Stuttgart · New York

A Clinical Informatics Program Directors' Proposal to the American Board of Preventive Medicine

Natalie M. Pageler
1  Clinical Informatics Fellowship, Stanford School of Medicine, Palo Alto, California, United States
Peter L. Elkin
2  Department of Biomedical Informatics, Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, University at Buffalo, Buffalo, New York, United States
3  Department of Veterans Affairs, VA Western New York Healthcare System, Buffalo, New York, United States
4  Faculty of Engineering, University of Southern Denmark, Denmark
Joseph Kannry
5  Clinical Informatics Fellowship, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York, New York, United States
Michael G. Leu
6  Departments of Pediatrics and Biomedical Informatics and Medical Education, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington, United States
Bruce Levy
7  Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine, Scranton, Pennsylvania, United States
Christoph U. Lehmann
8  Clinical Informatics Center, UT Southwestern, Dallas, Texas, United States
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Further Information

Publication History

27 May 2020

28 June 2020

Publication Date:
15 July 2020 (online)


In 2013, the American Board of Preventive Medicine (ABPM) and the American Board of Pathology (ABPath) offered the first board certification examination in Clinical Informatics to eligible physicians in the United States. In 2022, the Practice Pathway will expire and in 2023 only candidates eligible through the Fellowship Pathway will be eligible for the board certification. To date, Clinical Informatics as a specialty has not had a regular match process and used a controlled offer-acceptance process that does not meet candidates' or programs' needs. Fellows may not be offered a position with their top choice program initially, and they may accept offers from other programs to avoid risk by ensuring that they have a fellowship position. Programs have to consider losing an applicant in the first round in the ranking of applicants. The process is open to manipulation including early agreements between program directors and candidates. In this open letter to the ABPM, program directors make the case for a third-party match and are calling on the ABPM to leverage its status as the Clinical Informatics certifying body and its existing infrastructure to implement a Clinical Informatics match.

Protection of Human and Animal Subjects

No human and/or animal subjects were not included in the creation of this letter to the editor.