The UCLA Health Resident Informaticist Program – A Novel Clinical Informatics Training Program

October 31, 2017
Free for AMIA members; $50 for non-members
Jennifer S. Singer, MD

Few opportunities exist for physician trainees to gain training in clinical informatics, an Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) -accredited, board-certified specialty. Currently, twenty-one (21) approved programs exist nationwide for the formal training of fellows interested in pursuing careers in this discipline. Residents and fellows in training have few avenues available to gain experience in clinical informatics, largely due to an already full curriculum. An early introduction to clinical informatics brings an opportunity to generate interest for future career trajectories. In 2013, the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) Health developed a novel, successful, and sustainable program, known as the Resident Informaticist Program, with the goals of exposing physician trainees to the field of clinical informatics and its academic nature and providing opportunities to expand the clinical informatics workforce. 

This presentation will provide an overview of the development, implementation, and current state of the UCLA Health Resident Informaticist Program, with a blueprint for development of similar programs.

Registrants can read the original article by lead author Jennifer S. Singer here:

Learning Objectives

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

  • Compare a typical Clinical Informatics fellowship program with the UCLA Health Resident Informaticist program
  • Summarize the elements of the structured curriculum
  • Describe the components of the Resident Informaticist project
  • Explain the three barriers experienced by this novel program

Speaker Information

Jennifer S. Singer, MD
Health Sciences Clinical Professor of Urology
Peter Starrett Chair In Medical Education
UCLA Department of Urology
University of California, Los Angeles

Dr. Singer graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles David Geffen School of Medicine in 1996. She is a board certified Pediatric Urologist affiliated with the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center and Santa Monica UCLA Medical Center. She is a member of the American Medical Association, American Urological Association and American Academy of Pediatrics.

Dr. Singer is also a Physician Informaticist, with the Information Services and Solutions Department at UCLA Health.