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Clinical Informatics

A New Program for a New Era in Medicine

Northwestern Feinberg School of Medicine welcomes applicants to the ACGME-accredited Clinical Informatics (CI) fellowship program.  This new two-year program is open to board eligible graduates of ACGME accredited residency programs in any primary specialty (Anesthesiology, Emergency Medicine, Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, Medical Genetics and Genomics, Pathology, Pediatrics, Preventive Medicine, or Radiology).  We train fellows for various careers in Clinical Informatics, all critical to the transformative era that Medicine is undergoing.  We offer thorough preparation for the board examination (administered by the American Board of Pathology for pathologists and by the American Board of Preventive Medicine for all other specialists).

Clinical Informatics is the medical subspecialty that coordinates use by healthcare providers of existing and innovative information systems in all branches of medicine.  Clinical Informaticists play a vital role in teams that plan, implement, and maintain these systems.  Our fellows will be ready for careers in roles ranging from clinical care, academic positions, administrative, to the private sector.

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Program Information

 Educational and Research

Our program offers 2 month rotations in all aspects of Clinical Informatics.  Rotations cover all aspects of the ACGME curriculum as well as important new areas of data analytics and bioinformatics. Rotations during the first 8 months include Masters Level courses in Introduction to Clinical Informatics and Bioinformatics. In addition, rotations include experiences in Clinical Informaticist roles in hospital operations, clinical bioinformatics, research informatics, data analytics and data science, artificial intelligence and machine learning, project management, laboratory information systems, and medical imaging informatics.

Fellows solidify their experience and prepare for board examinations and their careers by regularly summarizing their experiences and presenting to fellows in other fields and faculty content during each rotation.   Data analytics and bioinformatics are two areas covered that we anticipate to be covered soon in curriculum revisions by ACGME.

 Clinical Experience

In addition to the extensive involvement with all aspects of informatics in hospital operations of different types, fellows will continue practicing in the area of their primary specialty.  ACGME requires fellows to maintain clinical practice in their area of specialty.  Arrangements with the corresponding Department are provided for this requirement.

 Eligibility and Requirements

Candidates must be board eligible or certified in Anesthesiology, Emergency Medicine, Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, Medical Genetics and Genomics, Pathology, Pediatrics, Preventive Medicine, or Radiology and be able to obtain an unrestricted permanent Illinois medical license.

 Application Process

The program has one Clinical fellowship position for a two-year fellowship starting July 2024. Applications should be submitted through the Electronic Residency Application Service portal (MyERAS).

Please include:

  • Current CV
  • Personal statement
  • Three letters of recommendation

 Rotation Schedule

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Site 1 is Northwestern Memorial Hospital. Site 2 is Lurie Children's Hospital. Rotations are 2 months each. Specifics regarding rotation content and fellow activities are in the New Application: Clinical Informatics document. Master Level Courses are provided through the Office for Professional Studies, Northwestern University, as part of the course requirements for Master Level Programs for Informatics.

Percent distributions: Because Clinical Informatics is an administrative subspecialty, in that board certified Clinical Informaticists primarily work with both clinicians and health care administrators regarding information technology as it relates to health care, an administrative line was added (after discussion with ACGME staff). Master Level Course work is considered part of the Administrative component. Fellow participation in direct clinical care is the Clinical component.

 Stipend

The stipend is commensurate with the fellow’s PGY year of training and by previous training and experience. Find stipend information via the McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University site.

 Why Northwestern?

Housestaff training through McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University provides diverse and challenging clinical experiences and world-class education located in the heart of the beautiful city of Chicago. Learn more via the links to the McGaw website below.

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Contact Us

We encourage you to contact Susan Christmas clinicalinformatics@northwestern.edu.

All questions will be promptly answered by the program director.

Program Director

Michael Miller, Professor of Pediatrics and Pathology, has over twenty years of experience in clinical informatics.  He is a member of the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA), serving on the Academic Forum’s curriculum subcommittee for Clinical Informatics Fellowship Programs.  He is also active in the Health Information Systems Society (HIMSS), serving on the national Physicians Committee. 

Dr. Miller’s clinical activities are based at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, where roles include Chairman, Health Information Management Committee, member of the CMIO’s Physician Advisory Council, and member of the Data Governance Committee.  Dr. Miller is also board certified in Pediatric Rheumatology; activities include Lead, Quality Improvement projects for the Division.

A few words from Dr. Michael Miller: “I am privileged to be part of the truly wonderful team of the Department of Pathology, which hosts our Clinical Informatics Fellowship Program.  I am as proud of our team as I am of Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, having experienced at first hand as a medical student, fellow, and faculty member the superb environment Northwestern has always offered.  My pride extends to Chicago.  I am especially gratified to say that, like Northwestern, Chicago embraces diversity and inclusion.  Chicago has always been a great place to live, work, and enjoy physical and cultural pursuits.  Thank you for your interest in our program. I am available to answer any questions you may have.”

Associate Program Director

David Liebovitz, M.D., Associate Professor of Internal Medicine, inaugurated the Clinical Informatics Fellowship Program, University of Chicago.  He is a Fellow, American Medical Informatics Association. Experience at Northwestern Feinberg School of Medicine has included serving as Chief Medical Information Officer, Northwestern Medicine, inaugural Program Director, Master of Medical Informatics.  Educational activities include teaching in Master degree courses at Northwestern University and University of Chicago. Dr. Liebovitz is an author on numerous publications in the field of Clinical Informatics.

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