About the Fellowship:
UIC is excited to be one of the first ACGME-accredited Clinical Informatics (CI) fellowship programs. Clinical Informatics is a two-year training program that is open to graduates of any ACGME, RCPSC or CFPC-accredited residency programs across all fields of medicine.
Clinical Informatics is defined in the ACGME program requirements as “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.” It is a relatively new subspecialty, with the first board certification examinations offered in 2013 and the initial ACGME program requirements approved in 2014.
Among the many subspecialties that have emerged within medicine, Clinical Informatics is unique. Informatics, although it has a distinct set of knowledge and skills, is an essential part of the daily practice of every specialty of medicine. As a result, the CI fellowship program at UIC has a significant impact on patient care in every department, medical education at the undergraduate and graduate levels, and translational medical research being conducted in the College of Medicine and other colleges throughout the University of Illinois.
Clinical Informatics is an extremely broad field, covering many different potential areas of practice and study. The fellowship program is designed to provide the fellow with a foundation across the breadth of CI, as well as the opportunity to focus on several areas of specific interest to the fellow in which they will obtain a deeper understanding
Meet Our Fellows
The Education Program for the UIC Clinical Informatics fellowship program includes these main educational components:
1. Operational rotations: The fellows collaborate with faculty, healthcare providers, information services (IS) teams, and leadership committees on active short and long-term projects throughout the health system. Fellows will work on projects that are broad-based across the healthcare system as well as projects within the fellow’s specific areas of medical practice and/or interest.
2. Research rotations: The fellows will undertake informatics research in one or more areas of interest under the mentorship of our faculty. It is expected that this research will be presented at national meetings and/or submitted for publication in peer-reviewed journals.
3. Core curriculum/Active learning course: The core curriculum has been created in conjunction with the Department of Biomedical and Health Information Sciences (BHIS) at UIC. Fellows will participate in a required series of asynchronous online courses, live discussion groups and active learning sessions given over a two-year cycle. Through courses offered by BHIS, fellows will interact with graduate students pursuing certificate, masters and doctoral degrees in informatics. They will work in teams on clinical informatics simulations involving “real-world” scenarios. The educational program will culminate in a capstone presentation by the graduating fellow.
4. National meetings: Attending national meetings helps fellows to understand the scope, scale and current thoughts in Clinical Informatics, and provides them the opportunity to network with informatics colleagues. Fellows are expected to attend at least one national informatics meeting in each year of their fellowship, and are encouraged to present their work at these conferences.
5. Retreats: Fellows will attend a series of required one to two day-long group activities taught by either local or visiting faculty that are focused on decision making, management and governance issues relevant to the practice of Clinical Informatics. The retreats utilize a ""case study"" approach and are an important part of the educational program. These retreats are open to fellows from all clinical informatics programs to encourage inter-institutional collaboration.
Of these components, the operational rotations and research rotations are individualized to meet the interests and expected career paths of each fellow. This will occur through regular meetings between the fellow, program director and faculty mentor throughout the fellowship. The active learning course, national meetings and virtual case conference, and retreats are mandatory for all fellows and form the “common core” knowledge backbone of the fellowship program.
Practicing Medicine During the Fellowship:
The ACGME requires fellows to maintain their primary certification while training in Clinical Informatics. After graduation from the program most fellows will be practicing medicine in addition to their informatics activities. Therefore fellows will be given the opportunity to practice medicine within the fellow’s area of medical specialty throughout the fellowship. The fellow’s clinical activity will be coordinated between the CI program and the clinical department, and the fellow may practice medicine at the level of a fellow or a faculty member at the discretion of the clinical department based on their previous training and experience.
Richard Banchs, MD (Anesthesiology)
Shane Borokowsky, MD (Internal Medicine)
William Galanter, MD, PhD (Internal Medicine)
Karl Kochendorfer, MD (Chief Health Information Officer, Family Medicine)
Tushar Patel, MD (Pathology, Program Director)
Audrius Polikaitis, PhD (Chief Information Officer)
Annette Valenta, DrPH (Biomedical and Health Information Sciences)
Applicants who have successfully completed a residency in any field of medicine and are either board-certified or board-eligible are welcome to apply. Applicants should be eligible for a permanent Illinois medical license.
Stipends are commensurate with level of training. The UIC Graduate Medical Education Office (http://www.uic.edu/com/gme/) posts specific information regarding stipends and benefits.
Applications are accepted at any time. Applications are reviewed in the summer for fellowship positions starting the next summer, and interviews will be arranged throughout the fall. All CI fellowship programs have agreed for a common date to make offers, and the specific date for each year will be announced well in advance. We have an application to complete, which will include a list of required supporting documents. Interested applicants should contact:
Ms. Beverly Tousana
University of Illinois Hospital & Health Sciences System
Department of Pathology (MC 847)
840 S. Wood Street, CSN 130
Chicago, Illinois 60612
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