Welcome to Vanderbilt University’s ACGME-accredited Clinical Informatics Fellowship program.
Vanderbilt has one of the largest biomedical informatics departments in the US with a long history of developing clinical informatics solutions and training students to enter the health information technology workforce. Vanderbilt uses faculty and trainee-led innovation to address challenges in the management of information, delivery of decision support, implementation and maintenance of informatics systems, and innovation in the clinical informatics realm.
Vanderbilt Department of Biomedical Informatics (DBMI) has over 70 primary and secondary faculty, with secondary faculty from virtually every major clinical department. Currently Vanderbilt has over 30 clinical informatics faculty, all of whom have some degree of operational responsibility including oversight of clinician and patient-facing systems developed by faculty or, in some cases, our trainees.
Faculty and trainees in DBMI conduct informatics research across the breadth of biomedicine, including research in clinical informatics, bioinformatics (genomics, proteomics, metabolomics, etc.), pharmacogenomics, systems biology, translational informatics, personalized medicine, and computational informatics.
We also have a strong affiliation with HealthIT @ VUMC organization that is entrusted with responsibility for: (a) providing the essential information infrastructure for patient care, management, research and education -- including the support for informatics-related research and, (b) fusing scholarly research in biomedical informatics with the dissemination of the resultant knowledge to individuals through its education programs and into operation through the infrastructure. The synergy between an academic department and HealthIT creates an unparalleled multidisciplinary and collaborative environment for informatics innovation, implementation, research, and education.
Faculty within DBMI who have operational positions within the HealthIT @ VUMC team implement, manage, and improve health information technology applications and tools at Vanderbilt. The integration of faculty into the application of informatics allows for evaluation of informatics tools and research on their effectiveness and safety. For the education of the Clinical Informatics Fellows, faculty-mentored practicum experiences with existing operational teams will be critical to their development as clinical informatics practitioners who improve patient care through the application of informatics tools. This infrastructure has resulted in millions of dollars of funding annually. Fellows learn how to exploit knowledge from a rigorous academic program leading to an MS in Applied Clinical Informatics (MSACI) in order to design, implement, and evaluate real-world informatics applications. The medical center benefits from a modern information technology infrastructure and architecture in the 21st century to achieve a scale of productivity not possible with traditional systems.
Vanderbilt’s Fellowship Program in Clinical Informatics is a two-year program with both didactic and rotational training. This two-year fellowship is open to physicians who are ABMS board certified or board eligible in a primary specialty (e.g. Internal Medicine, Anesthesiology, Pathology, Pediatrics, Surgery, Radiology etc.) upon starting the fellowship.
Upon successful completion of the program, the Clinical Informatics Fellow can expect to:
• Master the Core Content set forth by the ACGME for the Subspecialty of Clinical Informatics
• Acquire a complete understanding of the different domains of informatics and how they apply to the practice of Clinical Informatics
• Be prepared to successfully pass the board certification examination for the Subspecialty in Clinical Informatics
Didactics for the Clinical Informatics program will be managed and provided by the Department of Biomedical Informatics (DBMI) under the leadership of the Chair, Dr. Kevin Johnson, the Vice chair for Educational Affairs, Dr. Cindy Gadd, the Fellowship Program Director, Dr. Christoph Lehmann, Associate Fellowship Director Dr. Jonathan Wanderer, and the MS in Applied Clinical Informatics Director, Dr. Josh Peterson..
Most of the course work will occur in the context of the classes for the master’s program in Applied Clinical Informatics (MSACI), where fellows will have the opportunity to work alongside physician leaders from other hospitals and medical institutions enrolled in the program.
About our Fellowship
We received accreditation from the Anesthesiology RRC in September 2015 and will admit our inaugural fellows on July 1, 2016. After successful completion of the fellowship, Fellows will become candidates eligible to sit for the clinical informatics subspecialty board examination.
Maintaining Clinical Skills
Fellows will spend some of their time providing direct patient care in their specialty area in order to maintain clinical skills and deepen their experience in clinical environments. In most instances, this care will be provided at the Vanderbilt University Medical Center; however, arrangements can be made to use an alternative site for clinical specialties for example the local VA hospital.
Generally, there is no call required except for unusual circumstances where the provision of direct patient care is required. Call or extended hours will be subject to the recommendations and policies of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME).
Moonlighting is not encouraged as it may interfere with required learning. Any moonlighting must be approved by the program director and must comply with Vanderbilt University Medical Center and the ACGME's duty hour and moonlighting policies. Fellows must comply with Vanderbilt’s Office of Graduate Medical Education rules of Moonlighting.
Dewitt C. Baldwin Jr. Award
In 2017, Vanderbilt University Medical Center recently was honored to be one of three recipients of the prestigious DeWitt C. Baldwin Jr. Award. Presented by the ACGME in partnership with the Arnold P. Gold Foundation, this award recognizes ACGME sponsoring institutions that are exemplary in fostering a humanistic and respectful environment for graduate medical education. The award emphasizes the joint responsibility of health system and graduate medical education leadership for delivering high-quality health care while simultaneously supporting the personal and professional development of learners and faculty.