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Clinical Electives Program: Biomedical Informatics

Four- to Eight-Week Sessions

Rotation Coordinator:
Paul Fontelo, MD, MPH

Rotation Description
This elective introduces biomedical informatics to students who are interested in using computing systems, networked communications, and information technologies in medicine. It is administered by the NIH Clinical Center and run by the Biomedical Informatics Training Program at the Lister Hill National Center for Biomedical Communications at the National Library of Medicine.

The elective takes advantage of NIH resources including:

Participants can work on on-going research projects under the guidance of LHNCBC research staff preceptors. Projects can continue after the training has ended.

The LHNCBC Biomedical Informatics Training Program FAQs include information about the lecture series that is part of this elective. The lectures take place in July and in December.

Rotation Objectives

  • To learn about the medical information resources that NIH and NLM provide today and about the motivations and challenges in current LHNCBC and Clinical Center biomedical informatics research, through the elective's lecture series
  • To study the purpose, design, operation, and effectiveness of representative biomedical informatics applications
  • To explore enabling technologies that can impact the development and use of future biomedical information systems
  • To gain experience in independent study and research under the guidance of LHNCBC and Clinical Center staff
  • To describe study and research results in writing and presentations and to improve written work and presentations through critiques with other participants in the elective
  • To become aware of research funding and professional development opportunities for physicians specializing in biomedical informatics, including through discussions with leading biomedical informatics practitioners and researchers

Selection of Applicants
Applicants for this elective must be enrolled in an accredited medical or dental school. They are expected to have had some experience with computing and information systems, including programming, in clinical medicine or clinical research. Previous computer science and/or computer engineering education may be helpful but is not required.

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This page last updated on 05/21/2021

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