Board Certification in the Clinical Informatics Subspecialty gives professional recognition to those physicians who currently serve in the role of chief medical informatics officer, and it opens up the door to additional professional paths.
Bethesda, MD (PRWEB) May 28, 2014
AMIA, the leading professional association for informatics professionals, today announced the launch of its enhanced Clinical Informatics Board Review Course (CIBRC) Online Plus eLearning program, which prepares physicians for the Clinical Informatics Subspecialty Board Exam.
Updated course offerings include downloadable audio lectures, more than 135 new self-assessment questions, a briefcase of additional readings, the ability to customize a learner’s curriculum based on practice tests, and more simulated Board Exam questions, new for 2014.
World-renowned faculty in the field of clinical informatics created the Board Review Course:
- William (Bill) Hersh, MD, FACP, FACMI, is the Faculty Director, a board-certified Clinical Informatics Subspecialist, and Director of all graduate biomedical informatics education programs at Oregon Health & Science University.
- Thomas Payne, MD, FACP, FACMI, is a board-certified Clinical Informatics Subspecialist. Dr. Payne is also the Medical Director of IT Services at the University of Washington School of Medicine, Associate Professor in the Department of Medicine, and Affiliate Associate Professor in the Departments of Health Services and Biomedical Informatics & Medical Education.
- Bimal Desai, MD, MBI, FAAP, CMIO, is Chief Medical Information Officer at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and an Assistant Professor of Clinical Pediatrics at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine.
- Diane Montella, MD, is a Physician Informaticist within the Office of Informatics and Analytics of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) with a focus on Clinical Decision Support (CDS). She is currently a Visiting Research Fellow in the Department of Biomedical Informatics at Vanderbilt University.
Clinical informatics is the application of informatics and information technology to the delivery of health care services, and, as of December, 2013, there were 455 new subspecialists across the country who became certified.
According to Jeff Williamson, Vice President, Education and Academic Affairs, “Board Certification in the Clinical Informatics Subspecialty gives professional recognition to those physicians who currently serve in the role of chief medical informatics officer, and it opens up the door to additional professional paths.”
A 12-month subscription to CIBRC Online Plus offers four components that contribute to a comprehensive study plan for the physician seeking board certification in Clinical Informatics:
- 23 hours of learning content available for CME credit,
- Learner-directed practice tests,
- A simulated board exam of 150 questions with meaningful answer feedback, and
- A competency tracker that suggests areas in which the learner may desire additional focus.
CIBRC Online Plus helps physicians review, digest, and apply learning quickly and efficiently. “Physicians are looking to get board-certified sooner rather than later, since the pathway becomes much more difficult as of 2018,” added Williamson.
Until the end of 2017, any board-certified physician who has been working in the field—the experiential pathway—can take the board exam without having completed a fellowship. In 2018, physicians sitting for the board exam will need to rise through a 24-month fellowship pathway offered through residencies of only six specialties.
More about the Clinical Informatics (CI) Subspecialty
While already incorporated into many practices, CI was not a recognized subspecialty until the American Board of Medical Specialties approved it in 2011. AMIA spearheaded the new subspecialty, working for more than five years to define and help design the discipline. Physicians who are board-certified by any of the 24 American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) member boards can now also certify in CI through an exam offered by the American Board of Preventive Medicine or by the American Board of Pathology. Physicians who are subspecialists in clinical informatics are critical to improvements in health information systems and technologies, and also help define the role of health information technology on health, health care, quality, efficiency, and reduction in costs.
AMIA is the leading professional association for the nation’s top biomedical and health informatics professionals. AMIA plays an important role in medicine, health care, and science by encouraging the optimal use of information, often aided by technology, to improve individual health, health care, public health, and biomedical research. More about the CIBRC Online Plus course at learn.amia.org.
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