Up to four CI2 scholars will be selected each year. Eligible faculty members (or advanced postdocs with mentor support) should have a primary or secondary appointment in Biomedical Informatics (or a DBMI primary faculty mentor) and be early in their career development.
Faculty members will be appointed as CI2 scholars for up to two (2) renewable one (1) year terms. As a part of this program, CI2 scholars will receive $20,000 in supplemental financial support during each term to foster career development and scholarly activity (funds may be used to support research or program costs or to support participation in courses or meetings that will enhance the scholar's career development). In addition, they will identify and work with a mentor for project development to complement the mentor they have selected for career development.
Appropriate mentors are faculty who have a history of individual success and a track record of successful mentoring. Scholars will select mentors at the time of application. Project mentors may be senior faculty with or without a DBMI appointment. Scholars who complete the program will be asked to serve as mentors-in-training for future scholars by serving on mentoring committees for scholars. Scholars who complete the program will be asked to serve as mentors-in-training for future scholars by serving on mentoring committees for scholars.
- Participate in monthly scholar activities (skills workshops, works in progress, symposia)
- Obtain IRB approval for project (as needed)
- Meet with VUMC experts to validate project aims and hypotheses
- Develop project protocol and plan
- Design and pilot the innovation project
- Collect relevant data and generate project artifacts
- Evaluate successes and failures of the project
- Write up a summary of the project
- Submit a poster or paper to a national meeting on the project
Renewal of a scholar's appointment for a second year is based on completion of expected milestones and participation in scholar program activities.
The CI2 Research Program is coordinated by the Director of Informatics Innovation. The Advisory Committee provides program oversight and evaluation, and participates in scholar selection.