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Clinical Informatics Fellowship Program


About Our Program

The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center – Nationwide Children’s Hospital Clinical Informatics Fellowship is a ACGME-accredited, two-year program designed to train the next generation of clinical informaticists and healthcare informatics leaders. Our unique program combines robust educational and hands-on training experiences at both a world-renown academic medical center and at one of the largest freestanding children's hospitals in the country. The goal of the program is to provide our graduates with the wide range of knowledge and skills needed to be successful practitioners in the field of clinical informatics as well as future leaders in health care organizations, academic medical centers, government, and industry.

There is no single skillset we seek in our trainees since clinical informatics is a subject area and discipline that is integrated across all aspects of our healthcare system. All fellowship candidates must have completed an ACGME-accredited residency and be board-eligible/board-certified in a primary medical specialty.
 

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

 

 

Laura Rust, MD, MPH | Associate Program Director, Nationwide Children’s Hospital
Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics, Division of Emergency Medicine
Assistant Professor, Department of Biomedical Informatics

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
Whitney Brumley, MS | Fellowship Staff, Department of Family Medicine


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 


 

 




 

 

Current Fellows - Class of 2019

 

Dr. Nasser Aljehani

Dr. Nasser Aljehani received his medical degree from King Saud University College of Medicine in Saudi Arabia and completed his residency in family medicine at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center in Amarillo, Texas, this past June. In his final year of residency, Dr. Aljehani also served as a Chief Resident, working closely with the CMIO on projects related to patient safety, quality improvement, and user training. Prior to residency, Dr. Aljehani completed a post-doctoral fellowship in Quality Improvement and Patient Safety at the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. His goal in pursuing a career in clinical informatics is to leveraging clinical decision support and communication systems to help deliver quality patient care and minimize medical errors.

 

Dr. Cory Hussain

Dr. Cory Hussain received his medical degree from Aga Khan University Medical School in Pakistan and went on to complete his residency in internal medicine at the University of Wisconsin program at Aurora Sinai Medical Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Dr. Hussain worked as a hospital physician for more than a decade before completing a fellowship in Infectious Diseases at The Ohio State University and went on to join the Division of Infectious Diseases as an attending physician and assistant professor. He subsequently decided to return to fellowship to pursue a career in clinical informatics with an desire to combine his infectious disease interests of clostridium difficile infection, probiotics, antibiotic stewardship and multidrug resistant bacterial infections with his love of information technology and information-driven solutions.

 

 

 

Fellowship Curriculum and Activities

The curriculum is designed to provide our fellows with working knowledge of the primary health information technologies, workflows and methods used within the clinical setting across the continuum of patient care and related administrative activities. The fellow will work with clinicians, ancillary staff, technologists, administrative leaders and specific subject matter experts in each area of focus, from both The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center and Nationwide Children’s Hospital, to understand key concepts and to help identify informatics challenges and opportunities for improvement through a combination of didactics, hands-on learning activities, and guided explorations.

A variety of robust, hands-on learning activities during the two-year program will expose the fellow to a wide range of topics, including:

  • clinical documentation

  • clinical orders management

  • clinical decision support

  • population health management

  • consumer health informatics and telehealth

  • quality improvement and patient safety

  • information privacy and security

  • revenue cycle and health finance

  • reporting and analytics

  • programming and database design

  • systems infrastructure and interoperability

  • change and project management

  • user education and training

  • user support and customer service

The fellow will also complete the following graduate level courses at The Ohio State University Department of Biomedical Informatics:

  • Introduction to Biomedical Informatics

  • Introduction to Research Informatics

  • Public Health Informatics

  • Health Analytics

Fellows can opt to receive course credit leading to a certificate upon completion, or pursue additional coursework toward a Master’s degree in Biomedical Informatics.

Fellows will also receive training and vendor certification in the use and configuration of our electronic health record system. The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center and Nationwide Children’s Hospital have both deployed the Epic EHR platform across their institutions, each with its own separate installation. This provides our fellows with the unique opportunity to compare and contrast how identical tools can be manipulated and utilized in different ways for a multitude of patient care, quality improvement, and research activities.

Additional didactic programs round out the fellow’s experience during their two years, including:

  • Journal Clubs in Clinical Informatics, Biomedical Informatics, and Data Science
  • On-Site, Regional, and National Conferences
  • Human Subjects Research and IRB Training
  • Grant Writing Workshops
  • Introductions to SQL, Biostatistics, Programming, HL7, and Website Design

Clinical Practice

First and foremost, clinical informaticists are clinicians. As such, we expect our fellows to maintain their clinical skills and board eligibility/certification in their primary clinical specialty through direct patient care activities. The program will work with the fellow to arrange appropriate patient care opportunities at either The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center or Nationwide Children’s Hospital. All clinical activities must comply with ACGME duty hour restrictions and institutional policies.

Application Instructions

Applications are accepted between June and October through ERAS (Electronic Residency Application Service) and interviews are held between October and December. Clinical Informatics fellowship programs do not currently participate in NRMP (National Resident Match Program). Instead, all programs participate in a coordinated match process that occurs in mid-December for the following academic year.

For questions, please contact:
Whitney Brumley
Program Coordinator
whitney.brumley@osumc.edu or 614.293.0669