Clinical Electives Program: Biomedical Informatics

3-Month Research Elective for MD-PhD Students

Rotation Coordinator:
Paul Fontelo, MD, MPH

Rotation Description
This three-month research elective in biomedical informatics is offered to selected MD-PhD students with appropriate computer science background who are interested in using computing systems, networked communications, and information technologies in medicine. It is administered by the NIH Clinical Center in collaboration with the Biomedical Informatics Training Program at the Lister Hill National Center for Biomedical Communications at the National Library of Medicine (NLM). The elective takes advantage of NIH resources including the NLM, the world's largest medical library and a leader in biomedical informatics research and the Lister Hill National Center for Biomedical Communications (LHNCBC), which conducts R&D in biomedical informatics and the use of advanced communications and computing technologies to improve how NLM brings clinical data and health information to consumers, health care providers, and researchers.

LHNCBC research projects are organized in six research areas including: 1) Clinical Data Standards & Electronic Medical Records; 2) Medical Ontology Research; 3) Collaboration Technologies & Mobile Health Applications; 4) Document Processing; 5) Health Information Resources; 6) Image Processing & Visualization; and 7) Natural Language Processing.

Accepted students will work on ongoing NLM research projects that are consistent with the student's career development focus under the guidance of LHNCBC research staff preceptors.
View list of projects by preceptor.
View list of projects by topic.

Rotation Objectives:

  • Gain experience in independent study and research under the guidance of LHNCBC staff.
  • Learn about the medical information resources that NIH and NLM provide today and about the motivations and challenges in current LHNCBC biomedical informatics research.
  • Study the purpose, design, operation, and effectiveness of representative biomedical informatics applications.
  • Explore enabling technologies that can impact the development and use of future medical information systems.

Selection of Applicants:
Applicants must apply at least six (6) months prior to their anticipated start date in order to be considered.

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This page last updated on 05/21/2021

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