The Clinical Informatics Fellowship Explained

December 11, 2017
Free for AMIA members; $50 for non-members
Claude Pirtle, MD; Christoph Lehmann, MD, FAAP, FACMI; Jake Lancaster, MD, MSHA

This webinar is a one hour event sponsored by the AMIA Student Working Group, to help answer questions about opportunities in the new clinical informatics fellowship. With the recent ACGME accreditation of a two-year fellowship at many programs around the country, many questions remain about the current state of the fellowship and the future.

The ACGME describes the clinical informatics specialty 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." We would like to use this time to answer questions about who we are, what the fellowships entail around the country through a panel discussion, what are possibilities after the fellowship, and how can individuals join the new subspecialty. 

Learning Objectives

After participating in this activity, the learner should be better able to:

  • Identify differences in clinical informatics fellowship programs around the country
  • Understand the potential career paths available after fellowship
  • Understand how to become a clinical informatics fellow

Speaker Information

Claude Pirtle, MD
Clinical Informatics Fellow
Vanderbilt University

Christoph U. Lehmann, MD, FAAP, FACMI
Professor, Biomedical Informatics and Pediatrics
Vanderbilt University

Jake Lancaster, MD, MSHA
Clinical Informatics Fellow
Vanderbilt University

Claude Pirtle is a first-year clinical informatics fellow at Vanderbilt University. Claude graduated from Louisiana State University School of Medicine and completed his internal medicine residency at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center in New Orleans, LA. His overall interests include clinical decision support, data analytics, EHR design, quality improvement, population health, and health policy.

Dr. Lehmann is Professor for Biomedical Informatics and Pediatrics at Vanderbilt University where he directs the Clinical Informatics Fellowship Program. He conceived and launched the journal Applied Medical Informatics, devoted to original research and commentary on the use of computer automation in the day-to-day practice of medicine and he served as the Editor-in-Chief since its inception. In 2009, he co-edited Pediatric Informatics, the first textbook on this subject. Dr. Lehmann served on the board of the American Medical Informatics Association from 2008 to 2013 and served two terms as the organizations secretary. In 2010, he was inducted as a fellow into the American College of Medical Informatics, in 2014 he was elected to the American Pediatric Society, and in 2012 he became a Vice President of the International Medical Informatics Association in charge of the IMIA Yearbook to become President of the International Medical Informatics Association in 2017. In 2010, Dr. Lehmann was appointed Medical Director of the Child Health Informatics Center for the American Academy of Pediatrics, where he was involved in developing the Model Pediatric EHR Format. Dr. Lehmann served on the federal Health IT Policy Committee. He is the chair of the Examination Committee of the American Board of Preventive Medicine, Subcommittee for Clinical Informatics.

Jake Lancaster is a second-year clinical informatics fellowship at Vanderbilt University. Prior to fellowship, he completed an internal medicine residency at University of Alabama at Birmingham and medical school from the University of Mississippi. He also obtained a Master of Science in Health Administration from UAB during his residency. After fellowship, he plans to work in an operational capacity in clinical informatics with eventual plans to become a CMIO.