Duke Clinical Informatics Fellowship – Beginning June 2018

Who is a Good Fit for the Clinical Informatics Fellowship?

The Clinical Informatics Fellowship (CIF) is a two-year program designed to train US Board Certified physicians. The program is designed to train physicians who are seeking in-depth expertise in clinical informatics and leadership experience. Students will have completed training in a primary specialty prior to enrolling into CIF and will be board-eligible or certified.

For physicians, the CIF program will meet the educational criteria necessary for Board Certification in Clinical Informatics through the American Board of Preventive Medicine. Beginning in Summer 2018, all applicants for certification in Clinical Informatics will have to successfully complete a minimum of 24 months in an ACGME-accredited Clinical Informatics fellowship program.

The blend of business and clinical informatics emphasis in the program uniquely prepares physicians looking to acquire the skills and experience to serve in new or additional clinical and/or administrative leadership roles, such as Chief Medical Information Officer, Chief Health Information Officer, or Chief Information Officer.

Educational Goals of the Informatics Fellowship

The CIF’s primary goal is to produce balanced, outstanding clinical informaticians, who will be future leaders in their institutions and in the field of clinical informatics. We aim to leverage Duke’s world renowned faculty, cutting edge informatics research, and significant investments in Health Information Technology to create an academically rigorous and rich educational environment. Fellows will learn about the state of the art in evidence-based informatics and apply those skills to solve challenging clinical problems in a patient and population centric way. We provide fellows with fundamental skills of clinical and health information technology through the Duke Masters of Management Clinical Informatics Program and other didactic activities. Fellows will grow in their practical experience through rotations, mentored research practica, and longitudinal fellowship experiences.  By the end of the fellowship, fellows should be confident in how to design, implement and optimize clinical information technology to transform health care and improve patient care, enhance access to care, advance individual and population health outcomes, and strengthen the clinician-patient relationship.

A second goal is to foster compassion, empathy, and integrity in our fellows, qualities that are essential for our next generation of clinical leaders.  A heavy emphasis on change management, leadership skills, business management, business strategy development, communication, and innovation will prepare our fellows to lead in any organizations they serve.

How Long is the Clinical Informatics Fellowship?

This is a two-year Program aligned with the Duke academic calendar for graduate programs.

The Program commences on July 1 and ends on June 30th. Fellows in the program will enroll in the 12-month Duke Masters in Management Clinical Informatics program in Year One of the fellowship and are expected to earn the MMCI degree by August of Year Two.

Applications for entry starting July 1, 2018 are being accepted August 1, 2017 through October 31, 2017 via the MMCi application process described below.

What will be taught in the Duke MMCI program?

As the only multidisciplinary program of its kind in the U.S., the MMCI program leverages Duke University’s world-renowned track record in medicine, business, and health informatics. As a result, MMCi students have access to the finest thought leaders, experiential learning, and resources across health care, IT, and business.  The curriculum is described in detail at http://www.dukemmci.org/program/courses/  Please direct questions about the MMCi program to Randy Sears, MMCi Operations Director – r.sears@duke.edu. 

How will fellows be exposed to the ‘real world’ of clinical informatics?

Over the course of the fellowship, fellows will be engaged in rotations that embed them within a variety of teams at Duke so that they can apply informatics skills learned in the didactic portion towards real life challenges in a complex environment typical of a large academic health care delivery system. Fellows will also engage in longitudinal informatics experiences and be expected to own ‘soup-to-nuts’ the design, implementation, and evaluation of health information technology intervention. Informatics Fellows will also be expected to disseminate the outcome of their projects through academic conferences and journals.

Who is responsible for the Program?

As Program Director, Dr. Eric Poon, Eric Poon, MD MPH (eric.poon@dm.duke.edu) will be responsible for the program. Teaching faculty are drawn from Duke faculty affiliated with the Duke Center for Health Informatics, Duke Health Technology Solutions, Duke’s Department of Biostatistics and Bioinformatics, and Duke’s Fuqua School of Business.

Maintaining Clinical Skills

Clinical Fellows are expected to be clinically active in their own clinical specialty up to 20% during their Fellowship.

Stipend

Fellows will receive a stipend commensurate with years of post – graduate training and benefits as a Duke University Health System Trainee.

Application Process

Applicants to the CIF will complete the MMCi program application found on the MMCi program website.

  • There is no application charge.
  • GRE/GMAT requirement is waived. Enter “333” in application as a test score as the application requires an entry.
  • Additions to the MMCi application for CIF applicants are as follows:
    • A third letter of reference from current/most recent Residency Training Program Director or Designee. A Third reference can be added through the online application.
    • List of publications, abstract and conference presentations. Upload this document using the additional documentation upload function along with a Transcript upload.
    • Any transcript subsequent to Medical School. Medical School transcript will be part of the standard MMCi application.  A copy is required for the application.  An Official Transcript will be required for an Admitted student who chooses to attend the Fellowship.
    • Essay Question variations:
      • Question 1 in the MMCi Application – As stated in the application.
      • Question 2 Change to “How the Duke ClF and MMCi program fit with your career plans.
      • Question 3 Change to “Describe a project that you might want to pursue during the Clinical Informatics Fellowship program to leverage information technology to impact the quality or cost of health care.
    • Please direct MMCi Program and application questions to Randy Sears, MMCi Operations Director (r.sears@duke.edu).