About the Informatics Fellowship

Emergency physicians are often called upon to make critical decisions under significant time pressure and with limited information. Well-designed clinical computing systems can ease these pressures and improve the quality and efficiency of emergency care.

The BIDMC Emergency Medicine Informatics Fellowship is a 2-year training program. It is designed to create academic leaders in informatics and emergency medicine who will transform practice by analyzing, designing, implementing and evaluating information systems that improve all aspects of clinical care. This will be accomplished by a combination of formal coursework, clinical practice, research experience, and mentored clinical systems projects. Upon completion of the program the graduates will be prepared to assume a leadership role in academic informatics, leading system development efforts and conducting research.

The program will help fellows:

  • Become an expert in all stages of the life-cycle of clinical information systems, including planning, development, implementation and support.
  • Develop a thorough understanding of the health care environment and how the flow of information can affect clinical care as well as business processes.
  • Develop a comprehensive skillset to design highly usable interfaces and a deep understanding of how this affects clinical users and patient care.
  • Learn how to design, implement and report the results of a research study.
  • Learn how to develop and write a research grant.
  • Network and establish collaborative relationships with other informaticians on the local and national level.
  • Develop the skills to allow graduates to assume leadership roles at the departmental and hospital level.

Applicants must have completed residency training in Emergency Medicine and be board-certified or board-eligible by the American Board of Emergency Medicine.

Clinical excellence and strong programming skills are required.

The curriculum of the fellowship is based on "Core Content for the Subspecialty of Clinical Informatics" as published by the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA).

Clinical Informatics has just been approved by the American Board of Medical Specialties as a board-certified subspecialty. This fellowship follows the published curriculum with the goal of having program graduates be well prepared for the board certification exam, once it becomes available.