Biomedical Informatics Education and Training
Clinical Informatics Academy: This Continuing Medical Education (CME) activity is targeted at clinical researchers, clinicians, public health researchers, physicians, nurses, and medical technologists with computer science, engineering, or biomedical background. It focuses on practical aspects of employing biomedical informatics in research projects and patient care. The course consists of 14 hours of lecture and breakout sessions. The first session was held on June 1-2, 2011 with 42 participants enrolled. The course will be repeated every six months with an interactive project component to be added.
Biomedical informatics (BMI) track in MSCR: In collaboration with ACTSI's Research Education, Training & Career Development (RETCD) program, BIP established a biomedical informatics track within the Master of Science in Clinical Research program. Introduction to Biomedical Informatics is a required course and will provide an introduction to clinical information systems, bioinformatics, medical imaging, and computational tools. Students will carry out a required translational research rotation and will take Ethics as another required course. Students will also choose at least one additional elective course out of five options: Fundamentals of Machine Learning; Machine Learning and Computational Biology; High Performance Computing; Imaging Informatics; and Introduction to Clinical and Translational Informatics.
Biomedical Informatics PhD Program: In fall 2010, Emory obtained approval for a new BMI PhD program that is jointly administered by Emory’s Departments of Biomedical Informatics, Mathematics and Computer Science, Biostatistics and Bioinformatics, and the Center for Comprehensive Informatics. This PhD program will engage students with computational and biomedical training within teams of software system researchers and scientific investigators, addressing translational bioinformatics and clinical research informatics focus areas. In addition to the curriculum, students are required to complete an informatics and clinical rotation project selected from a structured set of 16 rotations and through a systematic mentoring process.
Clinical and Translational Informatics Rounds (CTIR): CTIR is a monthly meeting targeted at clinical and translational researchers, clinicians, pharmacists, nurses and information services support staff. It provides a venue for participants to critically discuss a diverse set of landmark and current informatics papers, present their work before or after presentation at national meetings, and brainstorm about current or planned informatics projects, databases, decision support systems in patient-related research areas. These CME activities are geared towards increasing participants’ knowledge of clinical and translational informatics and impacting their ability to more effectively use, develop, and manage information in daily clinical and research activities. One of the objectives is to form a group of informaticians across the institution in preparation for the American Medical Informatics Association efforts to implement subspecialty board certification in clinical informatics.