The Academic Forum is a membership unit within AMIA dedicated to serving the needs of postbaccalaureate biomedical and health informatics training programs. The Academic Forum comprises informatics professionals responsible for the leadership and excellence of informatics training programs.
The Academic Forum is a membership unit within AMIA dedicated to serving the needs of postbaccalaureate biomedical and health informatics training programs. The Academic Forum comprises informatics professionals responsible for the leadership and excellence of informatics training programs. Members of the Academic Forum are engaged in issues relating to the organization and management of educational and research programs in universities and colleges.
Participants focus on a range of issues important to faculty such as management, promotion criteria, recruitment, models of success in building informatics programs, salary scales, advocacy within academic environments, and other topics. A current AMIA membership is required for participation in the Academic Forum. The benefits of membership include:
- A place for academic leaders to call their professional home within the national organization for biomedical and health informatics training programs
- Complimentary attendance to the AMIA Academic Forum Annual Conference
- Special exhibition rates at the AMIA Annual Symposium*
- Strategy meeting at the AMIA Annual Symposium
- Use of social media to collaborate with colleagues
- Sharing of knowledge and best practices to advance the discipline
- Communicating as a single voice on important policy matters
- Networking with colleagues who share similar opportunities and challenges
*Academic Forum members receive favorable rates on exhibition at the AMIA Annual Symposium. Members of AMIA's Academic Forum are entitled to the discounted rate of $700 for an inline booth (corner booths are $900). This does not include Affiliate or Emerging Program members of the Academic Forum. All other exhibitors from academic training programs that are not members of AMIA's Academic Forum must pay the $2,600 ($2,800 for corner) rate.
Clinical Informatics Training Requirements
The Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) recently posted draft program requirements for new clinical informatics subspecialty fellowships to receive accreditation. The AMIA Academic Forum and its nascent subgroup called the Society of Clinical Informatics Program Directors worked with AMIA leadership to provide feedback on behalf of the organization. Part of the feedback included a rapid survey, to which 53 academic informatics programs responded, saying they plan to host such a fellowship in the next two years. Click here to view the AMIA comments that were submitted to ACGME by AMIA Board Chair, Gil Kuperman, MD, PhD.
Academic Forum Advanced Interprofessional Informatics Certification Task Force Lays Ground Work
Established in 2012 by the Academic Forum, AMIA endorsed a pathway to certification for individuals not eligible for the subspecialty certification. The pathway focuses on the core informatics content that is relevant to all professions, and the interprofessional certification will be at the graduate level, based on the same core content used for the subspecialty certification, with the same rigor and competency as the clinical informatics medical subspecialty certification process. The Board of Director’s extends thanks and gratitude for the initiative demonstrated by the Academic Forum in establishing the initial AIIC Task Force. Additional information about the current program can be found under Interprofessional Certification.