10x10 with OHSU in conjunction with ACEP

Course Starts: July 3, 2019
Course Ends: October 26, 2019
46.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™ available.
*Groups of 5 or more registrants may receive discounted pricing. Contact Susanne Arnold at susanne@amia.org for more information.

Biomedical and Health Informatics for Emergency Physicians

Special Offering for the American College of Emergency Physicians

This offering is tailored to emergency physicians and other emergency personnel and its content is geared to Emergency Medicine. It culminates in an in-person session at the 2019 Scientific Assembly of the American College of Emergency Physicians.

The American College of Emergency Physicians, the American Medical Informatics Association, and Oregon Health & Science University are pleased to offer this special version of the 10x10 course aimed at emergency physicians. This is the ninth annual offering of this special version of the course. This offering of the AMIA-OHSU 10x10 Course is focused on Emergency Medicine physicians and other emergency personnel. The content is geared to Emergency Medicine and the in-person session takes place at the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) Scientific Assembly in Denver, CO from October 27 - 30, 2019.  The date of the in-person session is Saturday, October 26, 2019.

The goal of the AMIA-OHSU 10x10 program is to provide a detailed overview of biomedical and health informatics to those who will work at the interface of healthcare and information technology. It also aims to provide an entry point for those wishing further study (and/or career development) in the field. The course provides a broad understanding of the field from the vantage point of those who implement, lead, and develop IT solutions for improving health, healthcare, public health, and biomedical research. It provides up-to-date details on current events in the field, including the "meaningful use" of electronic health records specified by the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA, also known as the economic stimulus package) of 2009.

The OHSU offering of 10x10 was the original offering in the program and has had the largest enrollment. The 10x10 program was started when former AMIA President Dr. Charles Safran asserted that the US needs one physician and one nurse trained in medical informatics in each of the 6,000 hospitals in the United States. Dr. William Hersh of Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) operationalized this definition by working with AMIA to launch the 10x10 program that aims to train 10,000 health care and related professionals in biomedical and health informatics by the year 2010. The goal of the AMIA 10x10 program has been further validated by Dr. David Blumenthal, the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, who has estimated a need for for an additional 50,000 individuals trained to meet President Barack Obama's goal of all Americans having their medical records in electronic format by 2014. The needs are equally strong outside the United States in the rest of the world.

The 10x10 program aims to provide introductory training to build the workforce that will enable clinically motivated use of IT to improve the quality, safety, and cost-effectiveness of healthcare and public health. Since the program was launched in 2005, over 2,700 people, mostly from the US but also from a variety of international locations, have completed the course. About 20% of those graduating have gone on to advanced study in the field.  

About the American College of Emergency Physicians

The American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) is the largest and most influential emergency medicine association in the world. Founded in 1968, ACEP promotes the highest quality of emergency care, represents more than 25,000 emergency medicine specialists, and serves as the leading advocate for emergency physicians, their patients and the public.

This special offering of the course in conjunction with the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) maintains the core OHSU 10x10 curriculum but focuses the discussion on informatics issues and implementations in emergency medicine. Two emergency medicine physicians with formal training in informatics join the course as additional faculty.


William Hersh, MD The instructor for the course is William Hersh, MD. The best way to reach him is via email (hersh@ohsu.edu). He also maintains the Informatics Professor Blog.

Additional Faculty

William Hersh, MDJames C. McClay, MD, FACEP
Associate Professor, Emergency Medicine University of Nebraska Medical Center


William Hersh, MDJeffrey A. Nielson, MD, MS, FACEP
Director of Emergency Informatics
Summa Health System