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These are bite-size instructional videos on practical clinical informatics topics from expert VCLIC faculty. If you’ve ever wanted to learn more about how to engage with eStar (Epic), create new interventions or tools in our EHR, access data, perform human-centered design or evaluate interventions look no further.

You can watch these videos, and complete associated hands-on exercises anytime, but we will also have in person sessions for each module where we’ll repeat the content live, work through the hands-on exercises together and answer any questions you have. The modules we’ve released so far are:


  • Intro to Epic and Build Capabilities (Aileen Wright, MD, MS; Allison McCoy, PhD)
    • Get an introduction to how providers interact with the EHR for patient chart review and patient visits  
    • Learn how to build Best Practice Advisories (BPAs) for clinical decision support and other related components like groupers and preference lists 
  • Data Resources (Bryan Steitz, PhD; Allison McCoy, PhD) 
    • Get an overview of the data resources available, including VICTR's Synthetic Derivative, Research Derivative, and Record Counter and Epic's Hyperspace, Clarity, and Caboodle 
    • Learn how to use Excel for data cleaning, descriptive statistics, and presentation-ready data plots
  • Exempt IRB Research (Elise Russo, MPH, PMP)
    • Learn about human research protections, exempt research, and how to submit an exempt protocol to the IRB using VUMC/VU's DiscoverE system
  • Address Geocoding (Bryan Steitz, PhD)
    • Learn how to convert text-based addresses to geographic coordinates using the free geocoding tool POINT
  • Signal Data (Sean Huang, MD)
    • Learn about the wealth of efficiency data available for research within Epic's analytics tool called Signal 

Each module has several short explanatory videos, many with demonstrations that you can follow along with, followed by an exercise meant to solidify learning. We will send out more details and signup information for each in-person session over the course of the semester. We hope to see you at the in-person sessions and to engage with you more around this content. Please reach out to me or Elise Russo ( with any questions, suggestions or feedback. Please let us know if you have ideas for additional VCLIPS that we could produce – we’re hoping to grow our library over time.