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Clinical Informatics Fellowship Program

About Our Fellowship Program

The Ohio State University, in conjunction with Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Clinical Informatics Fellowship Program, is a two year, ACGME approved fellowship aimed at training the future leaders in healthcare informatics. The purpose of the program is to provide quality, comprehensive training environments to educate the next generation of clinical informaticians that will take on leadership roles in national medical centers. Graduates of our program will have the skills required to pass the clinical informatics board exam, lead an operational project from beginning to end, and launch their careers in applied informatics.
There is no one skillset we seek in our trainees since clinical informatics is a subject area and discipline that is integrated across the spectrum of clinical focus areas.  All individuals who are candidates must have completed an ACGME-accredited residency and be board-eligible in a medical specialty.

Our fellowship training consists of:

  1. A two year training program with 2 positions/year (1 OSU/1 NCH).
  2. The first year of the fellowship includes didactic biomedical informatics curriculum from The Ohio State University Department of Biomedical Informatics.  A certificate will be attained at completion.
  3. Hands on, institution-specific training in the role of informatics in medical information systems, and additional training such as CITI Human subjects training and IRB.  These robust training experiences will provide a solid grounding in the necessary skills the fellows will need to be successful in the remainder of the 2 year fellowship program. Fellows will complete rotations and training throughout the Wexner Medical Center and Nationwide Children’s Hospital.

Programmatic Leadership

Jeffrey Hoffman, MD | Program Director, Nationwide Children's Hospital
Chief Medical Information Officer, Nationwide Children's Hospital
Associate Professor, Department of Pediatrics, Division of Emergency Medicine
Associate Professor, Department of Biomedical Informatics
Associate Professor, Department of Family Medicine
Milisa Rizer, MD, MPH | OSU Site Director and Associate Program Director, OSU
 Wexner Medical Center
 Chief Medical Information Officer, OSU Wexner Medical Center
 Professor, Department of Family Medicine
 Professor, Department of Biomedical Informatics
 Courtney Hebert, MD, MS | Associate Program Director, OSU Wexner Medical Center
Assistant Professor, Department of Biomedical Informatics
Assistant Professor, Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Infectious Disease
Kathryn E. Nuss, MD | Site Director and Associate Program Director, Nationwide Children’s Hospital
Associate Professor, Department of Pediatrics, Division of Emergency Medicine
Associate Professor, Department of Biomedical Informatics
Aarti Chandawarkar, MD | Associate Program Director, Nationwide Children’s Hospital
Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics, Division of Ambulatory Pediatrics
Assistant Professor, Department of Biomedical Informatics
Whitney Brumley, MS | Fellowship Staff, Department of Family Medicine

































Example Fellowship Curriculum and Activities

Rotation Training

Required Rotational Training

  • Information Services Departmental Overview
  • Change Management
  • Project Management
  • Role of regulatory agencies and accrediting organizations –HIM, Security, Compliance. Legal and Risk management
  • Interface and Ancillary Systems
  • Clinical Decision Support Systems
  • Patient Safety
  • Data Warehousing and Analytics
  • End-user Training and Education
  • Population Health Management
  • Introduction to SQL, Biostatistics, Computer Programming, HL7, and Website Design

Elective Rotational Training

  • Customer Support
  • Revenue Cycle Management
  • Information Security
  • Telemedicine and Mobility Solutions
  • Health Information Exchange
  • Reporting and Analytics
  • Care Coordination
  • Public Health Informatics
  • Web Design and Programming
  • Computer Programming
  • EMR Education and Training
  • Consumer Health Informatics
  • Research informatics

Didactic Training

Total of 15 credits
5 Required Courses taken at the Ohio State University Department of Biomedical Informatics

  • 5710 - Introduction to Biomedical Informatics
  • 5740 - Introduction to Research Informatics
  • 5760 - Public Health Informatics
  • 5770 - Health Analytics
  • 5780 - Introduction to Clinical Informatics

Quality Improvement Training

  • Quality Improvement Essentials at Nationwide Children’s Hospital
  • Institute for Healthcare (IHI) Improvement online course

EPIC Training

  • CLN 101 Physician Overview
  • CLN 150 Basic Physician Builder
  • CLN 160 Advanced Physician Builder
  • CLN 171 Health Analytics for Physicians (elective 2nd year)

Journal Club

  • Biomedical Informatics
  • Data Science Club

Research Training

  • Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI)
  • Human Subjects Training
  • IRB
  • Grant-writing Workshops

Conference Participation

Fellows will participate in several types of conferences during their two year program.  Examples include EPIC conferences (e.g. Epic UGM/XGM), AMIA, HIMSS, iHealth, AMDIS, and Joint Summits (AMIA).  Fellows will be expected to present their projects at a conference by the end of the two-year program.

Clinical Practice

Fellows will be expected to maintain skills and certification in their primary clinical specialty through direct patient care activities constituting at least 10% of their total work effort. The program will work with the fellow to define appropriate patient care opportunities. Any moonlighting beyond this requirement must be approved by the program director and must comply with The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center and the ACGME’s duty hour and moonlighting policies.

Application Instructions

The application process for the 2017-2018 programmatic year is currently closed. We will be reopening applications for the period starting 7/01/2018 in the coming months. Please check back in March 2017 for further details.