ONC announces medical informatics fellowship

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The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) has announced that it is offering a medical informatics fellowship.

The fellowship is for 1-2 years, during which time the recipient will serve in ONC’s Office of Clinical Quality and Safety.

Applicants are required to have earned a doctor of medicine or doctor of osteopathy degree from a school in the U.S. or Canada approved by a recognized accrediting body in the year in which the applicant graduated. A doctor of medicine or equivalent degree from a foreign medical school may also qualify in certain circumstances.

Applicants are also required to have a year of specialized experience applying clinical and medical informatics expertise in the development and implementation of HIT-related applications.

According to ONC, the fellowship is designed to enable the fellow to apply knowledge and expertise in helping advance ONC’s mission of interoperability, and to understand the role ONC plays in regulating and certifying HIT technologies, and how health IT impacts healthcare delivery and will drive practice transformation and payment reforms.

The fellow will be expected to produce a critical analysis of one area of medical informatics or applications of health IT in the form of a published white paper or article in a peer-reviewed journal. In addition the fellow will be expected to present and/or facilitate a educational session at ONC’s annual meeting based on the fellow’s work activities, organize and lead at least four site visits to ambulatory and inpatient medical facilities, and lead a policy issue work stream as identified by the director of the Office of Policy and Planning or serve a supporting role in the ONC Standards and Interoperability Framework Initiative.

The deadline for applying for the medical informatics fellowship is July 31.