BHIS and UIC Department of Pathology team up to offer clinical informatics fellowship

The Department of Biomedical and Health Information Sciences and the Department of Pathology in the College of Medicine have teamed up to offer one of the first clinical informatics fellowships accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education.

The accreditation council defines clinical informatics as “the subspecialty of all medical specialties that transforms health care by analyzing, designing, implementing, and evaluating information and communication systems to improve patient care, enhance access to care, advance individual and population health outcomes, and strengthen the clinician-patient relationship.”

Fellows in the two-year program, which began in 2015, take BHIS graduate-level courses together with BHIS students. They work on operational projects across the health care system and conduct research under faculty mentorship. They must also practice medicine during their fellowship.

Andrew Boyd, associate vice chancellor for research and associate professor of biomedical and health information sciences, is a core faculty member in the clinical informatics program. Boyd is also chief research information officer in the Office of Research Data Initiatives and Information, in the UIC Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research.