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Clinical Informatics Fellowship Program

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Application Instructions

What is Clinical Informatics?

Clinical Informatics (CI) is the application of information technology to healthcare delivery.  It encompasses a wide range of topics including computerized order entry, clinical decision support, electronic clinical documentation, patient portals and much more.  In 2011, the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) first recognized CI as a board-eligible subspecialty.  Initially there was a grandfathering period in which individuals practicing in the field could take the board certification exam without participating in a fellowship program (practice pathway).  The practice pathway will phase out in 2017 after which point all individuals seeking board certification must participate in a clinical informatics fellowship program.  To date, there are 14 institutions or centers across the United States that have established fellowships in clinical informatics with more in the approval process.  In 2013, the first board exam was offered, and there are already over 700 physicians board certified in Clinical informatics.  At The Ohio State University and Nationwide Children’s Hospital we have 6 individuals who have completed the clinical informatics subspecialty, with several more eligible that will sit for the exam in the next year.


About Our Fellowship Program

The Ohio State University, in conjunction with Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Clinical Informatics Fellowship Program, is a two year, ACGME approved fellowship aimed at training the future leaders in healthcare informatics. The purpose of the program is to provide quality, comprehensive training environments to educate the next generation of clinical informaticians that will take on leadership roles in national medical centers. Graduates of our program will have the skills required to pass the clinical informatics board exam, lead an operational project from beginning to end, and launch their careers in applied informatics.

There is no one skillset we seek in our trainees since clinical informatics is a subject area and discipline that is integrated across the spectrum of clinical focus areas.  All individuals who are candidates must have completed an ACGME-accredited residency and be board-eligible in a medical specialty.  

Our fellowship training consists of:
  1. ​A two year training program with 2 positions/year (1 OSU/1 NCH)
  2. The first year of the fellowship includes didactic biomedical informatics curriculum from The Ohio State University Department of Biomedical Informatics.  A certificate will be attained at completion.
  3. Hands on, institution-specific training in the role of informatics in medical information systems, and additional training such as CITI Human subjects training and IRB.  These robust training experiences will provide a solid grounding in the necessary skills the fellows will need to be successful in the remainder of the 2 year fellowship program. Fellows will complete rotations and training throughout the Wexner Medical Center and Nationwide Children’s Hospital.

Programmatic Leadership


Jeffrey Hoffman, MD​ | Program Director, Nationwide Children's Hospital
Chief Medical Information Officer, Nationwide Children's Hospital
Associate Professor, Department of Pediatrics, Division of Emergency Medicine
Associate Professor, Department of Biomedical Informatics
Associate Professor, Department of Family Medicine

 Milisa Rizer, MD, MPH | OSU Site Director and Associate Program Director, OSU
 Wexner Medical Center
 Chief Medical Information Officer, OSU Wexner Medical Center
 Professor, Department of Family Medicine
 Professor, Department of Biomedical Informatics

 Courtney Hebert, MD, MS | Associate Program Director, OSU Wexner Medical Center
 Assistant Professor, Department of Biomedical Informatics
 Assistant Professor, Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Infectious Disease

Kathryn E. Nuss, MD | Site Director and Associate Program Director, Nationwide Children’s Hospital
Associate Professor, Department of Pediatrics, Division of Emergency Medicine
Associate Professor, Department of Biomedical Informatics
Aarti Chandawarkar, MD | Associate Program Director, Nationwide Children’s Hospital
Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics, Division of Ambulatory Pediatrics
Assistant Professor, Department of Biomedical Informatics

Example Fellowship Curriculum and Activities

Rotation Training

Required Rotational Training
  • Information Services Departmental Overview
  • Change Management
  • Project Management
  • Role of regulatory agencies and accrediting organizations –HIM, Security, Compliance. Legal and Risk management
  • Interface and Ancillary Systems
  • Clinical Decision Support Systems
  • Patient Safety
  • Data Warehousing and Analytics
  • End-user Training and Education 
  • Population Health Management
  • Introduction to SQL, Biostatistics, Computer Programming, HL7, and Website Design
Elective Rotational Training
  • Customer Support
  • Revenue Cycle Management
  • Information Security
  • Telemedicine and Mobility Solutions
  • Health Information Exchange
  • Reporting and Analytics
  • Care Coordination
  • Public Health Informatics
  • Web Design and Programming
  • Computer Programming
  • EMR Education and Training
  • Consumer Health Informatics
  • Research informatics


Didactic Training

Total of 15 credits
5 Required Courses taken at the Ohio State University Department of Biomedical Informatics
  • 5710 - Introduction to Biomedical Informatics
  • 5740 - Introduction to Research Informatics
  • 5760 - Public Health Informatics
  • 5770 - Health Analytics
  • 5780 - Introduction to Clinical Informatics

Quality Improvement Training

  • Quality Improvement Essentials at Nationwide Children’s Hospital
  • Institute for Healthcare (IHI) Improvement online course

Epic Training

  • CLN 101 Physician Overview
  • CLN 150 Basic Physician Builder
  • CLN 160 Advanced Physician Builder
  • CLN 171 Health Analytics for Physicians (elective 2nd year)

Journal Club

  • Biomedical Informatics
  • Data Science Club

Research Training

  • Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI)
  • Human Subjects Training
  • IRB
  • Grant-writing Workshops

Conference Participation

Fellows will participate in several types of conferences during their two year program.  Examples include EPIC conferences (e.g. Epic UGM/XGM), AMIA, HIMSS, iHealth, AMDIS, and Joint Summits (AMIA).  Fellows will be expected to present their projects at a conference by the end of the two-year program.


Clinical Practice

Fellows will be expected to maintain skills and certification in their primary clinical specialty. The program will work with the fellow to define appropriate moonlighting opportunities and/or patient care rotations.  All moonlighting must be approved by the program director and must comply with The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center and the ACGME’s duty hour and moonlighting policies. 


Application Instructions

The application process for the 2017-2018 programmatic year is currently closed. We will be reopening applications for the period starting 7/01/2018 in the coming months. Please check back in March 2017 for further details.

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