Clinical Informatics Resident Elective

A message from the Course Directors

Thank you for taking a minute to explore our elective rotation in clinical informatics. As we were going through training, we noticed many opportunities to improve the healthcare system. Early informatics experiences changed the way we thought about healthcare delivery and provided an avenue to influence change. 

Today, in addition to our clinical practices, we also practice clinical informatics – which is much more than programming.  In addition to the technology piece, we often apply lessons about people, process and communication.  This field provides wonderful opportunities to expand our impact, advocate for change, and promote patient-centered care.

Whether it’s population health management, quality improvement or the electronic health record, going forward you’ll be expected to incorporate information technology as you provide patient care.  Vanderbilt University Medical Center has one of the largest Biomedical Informatics faculties in the country and is a great place to learn clinical informatics and round out your graduate medical education.  On this elective rotation, you will work closely with informaticians in a variety of roles within VUMC.  We hope this experience provides the same insights that ignited our passion for this field.


Drs. Mize and Osterman

Travis Osterman, DO, MS

Assistant Professor, Department of Biomedical Informatics

Assistant Professor, Division of Hematology and Oncology

Director of Cancer Clinical Informatics, Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center

Dara Mize, MD, MS

Assistant Professor, Department of Biomedical Informatics

Assistant Professor, Division of Diabetes, Endocrinology and Metabolism 

Director, Clinical Informatics Fellowship



About the Rotation

The Introduction to Clinical Informatics rotation is a 2-week experience for physicians new to the field of Clinical Informatics or those who desire to solidify informatics knowledge in preparation for more advanced study.  This rotation will provide a general overview and introduction to the field.  Through 1-to-1 training with Department of Biomedical Informatics faculty preceptors, physicians will receive broad exposure to multiple informatics domains and gain a formative understanding of biomedical informatics principles and approaches to problem-solving.  This rotation will include ½ day clinical informatics sessions, lab-based exercises, required didactics and conferences.  Completion of this rotation is a pre-requisite for participation in more advanced clinical informatics learning experiences. 


 Upon completion of the rotation, physicians will be able to:

  1. Describe the related disciplines necessary to understanding, analyzing and solving complex biomedical informatics problems
  2. Understand and describe the role of a clinician in applying the principles of biomedical informatics in clinical practice
  3. Understand training opportunities to prepare for a career in biomedical informatics.


For physicians able to accommodate longer rotations, a faculty sponsor will need to be identified to develop training objectives and a curriculum to meet the learner’s goals.  Participant and faculty sponsor will develop a program with personalized goals and objectives which are appropriately mentored and feasible within the constraints of the participant’s time commitment and baseline skillset.


For more information about this rotation, please contact Dr. Mize or Dr. Osterman.  To schedule a rotation in Clinical Informatics, please complete our Clinical Informatics Rotation Interest form.  Physicians should request this learning experience at least 8 weeks before the start of the rotation.