Academic Forum Membership

Why become a member of AMIA’s Academic Forum?

Informatics is both a field with a rich history and continuously evolving as an academic discipline. Together, AMIA’s Academic Forum and informatics training programs are blazing a pathway and working together to formulate guidelines and best practices for education and training nationwide. This institutional "members only" forum allows academic leaders and faculty to explore issues related to the organization and management of educational and research programs in universities and colleges. Issues of interest include competencies, certification, accreditation, training program management, promotion criteria, student recruitment, salary studies, and advocacy within academic environments and other related topics. AMIA connects a broad community of professionals and students interested in informatics.

Why Informatics matters

As the health care IT field continues to experience an explosion of growth, the Bureau of Labor Statistics* estimates employment in informatics is expected to increase by 20 percent through the year 2018, much faster than the average for all occupations. Rapid changes in technology are redefining the environment for capturing and managing healthcare data. As part of Health Care Reform, all patients’ records will be converted to electronic records by 2014, creating a demand for qualified informaticians, research and standards.

Qualification for Membership

  • Unit must have or demonstrate interest in training programs in informatics; for example foundations and government agencies may join as affiliate members if they have an interest in academic informatics, even though they may not have a training program
  • The primary and any secondary representative of both regular and affiliate member organizations must be AMIA members
  • Each member must belong to a not-for-profit organization

Categories of Membership and Dues

  • Full Program Member: $4,000 per calendar year
  • Affiliate Member: $4,000 per calendar year
  • Emerging Program Member: $1,500 per calendar year for emerging programs such as those with an institutional commitment to building a program or programs in the early stages of development for a term of two years.

Communities

Communities provide an organizational framework within the Academic Forum designated representatives and other AMIA individual members to affiliate amongst specialized areas within education, research, training, administration, and practice. The unit of membership is a program and Academic Forum Full Member Programs can affiliate with an Academic Forum Community at no additional charge

Contact

Please contact Wanda Sheridan at wanda@amia.org to learn more about becoming a member of the Academic Forum. For more detailed information about each category, please refer to the Academic Forum Governance Manual.