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.

Educational Program:
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.

  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.

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 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.


Richard Banchs, MD (Anesthesiology)
Shane Borokowsky, MD (Internal Medicine)
Andy Boyd, MD (Biomedical Health Information Sciences)
Dave Chestek, DO (Emergency Medicine)
William Galanter, MD, PhD (Internal Medicine)
Bhrandon Harris, MD (Family Medicine)
Karl Kochendorfer, MD (Chief Health Information Officer, Family Medicine)
Tushar Patel, MD (Pathology, Program Director)
Audrius Polikaitis, PhD (Chief Information Officer)
Hernan Sierra-Fernandez, MD (Neonatal Medicine)
Manmeet Singh, DO (Pathology)
Eric Swirsky, JD, MA (Biomedical and Health Information Sciences)
Annette Valenta, DrPH (Biomedical and Health Information Sciences)



Alaa (Al) Alsad, MD (Surgical Pathology)
Monique Diaz, MD (Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation)


Kamel Azhar, MD (Family Medicine)
John Zulueta, MD (Psychiatry)


Applicants must have completed an ACGME-accredited residency program and are board-certified or board-eligible.  Applicants should be eligible for a permanent Illinois medical license. H1B visa sponsorship is not currently offered.


Please visit the UIC Graduate Medical Education Office for information on stipends and benefits.


The program will be accepting applications through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) for the next application cycle.

Program Name: University of Illinois College of Medicine Program
Specialty: Clinical Informatics (Pathology)
ACGME ID: 3021638001

Interested applicants should contact:

Ms. Beverly Tousana
Program Coordinator
University of Illinois Hospital & Health Sciences System
Department of Pathology (MC 847)
840 S. Wood Street, CSN 130
Chicago, Illinois 60612
PH: 312-996-3879

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