• June 6-8, La Jolla, CA

    InSpire 2017: Developing the Health Informatics Workforce of the Future

    A Conference for Educators and Employers

InSpire 2017 Preconference Workshop

Transitioning to Competency Domains in Health Informatics Education: 
Where are we and where are we going?

Tuesday, June 6, 2017
1:00 p.m. – 4:30 pm

The workshop is included with conference registration, but advance registration is required. If you have already registered for the conference and would like to attend the workshop, please email Lauren Koleszar, AMIA’s Senior Meetings and Exhibits Coordinator, lauren@amia.org .

Who should attend?  Program Directors and Faculty of Health Informatics programs (open to all)

The new AMIA foundational domains focus accreditation of health informatics education on competencies rather than content. This interactive workshop presents the principles that underlie the transition to competency-based education, regardless of a program’s focus across the spectrum of health informatics. Each of the AMIA Health Informatics Competency Domains and their interrelationships will be introduced. The underlying principles for each competency will be explored and discussed through examples of knowledge, skills, and attitudes. The audience will contribute to the understanding of the competencies by sharing ideas and examples of the way their programs address each domain.

The role of AMIA vis-à-vis the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM) in accrediting Health Informatics programs will be presented and discussed.  

The workshop is complementary to InSpire S02: Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM) Update scheduled Wednesday, June 7, at 9:00 am.  


Annette L. Valenta, DrPH, University of Illinois Chicago (Chair), Eta S. Berner, EdD, University of Alabama-Birmingham, Gloria J. Deckard, PhD, Florida International University, Christina Eldredge, MD, MS, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Yang Gong, MD, PhD, University of Texas Health Science Center Houston, Todd Johnson, PhD, University of Texas Health Science Center Houston, Stephen B. Johnson, PhD, Weill Cornell Medical College, Josette Jones, RN, PhD, Indiana University, E. LaVerne Manos, DNP, RN-BC, KUMC Center for Health Informatics, Kirk T. Phillips, MSW, MS, PhD, University of Iowa, Nancy K. Roderer, MLS, University of Maryland Baltimore/Johns Hopkins, Douglas Rosendale, DO, AOAMI, Anne M. Turner, MD, MLIS, MPH, University of Washington

Outline of topics

  1. Building the new competencies and accreditation
  2. Defining competency-based education
  3. Introducing the framework and the competencies
  4. Health informatics foundational domains and KSAs
    • (F1) Health
    • (F2) Information Science and Technology
    • (F3) Social and Behavioral Science
    • (F4) Health Information Science and Technology
    • (F5) Human Factors and Socio-technical Systems
    • (F6) Social and Behavioral Aspects of Health
    • (F7) Social, Behavioral, and Information Science and Technology Applied to Health
    • (F8) Professionalism
    • (F9) Interprofessional Collaborative Practice
    • (F10) Leadership
  5. Case example:  Domain mapping within an existing health informatics program
  6. Breakout Session:  Implementing competency-based education exercise

Educational objectives

1. Introduce the new AMIA competency domains and framework
2. Examine approaches taken to transition a program from a content to competency-based curriculum
3. Explore with the audience how to address competencies in their own health informatics graduate programs