ME530M.23

Clinical Informatics

Director(s): Erik Alexander, Neelima Karipineni, Adam Landman
Prerequisites: HMS Principal Clinical Experience (Core Clinical Clerkships) or equivalent
Offered: Full time for one month, not offered in June, July, August or December
Location: BWH - Brigham and Women's Hospital (23)
Open to Exclerks: Yes (may be restricted for international students)
Description: This elective will introduce students to the field of clinical informatics, a field which has recently been recognized as a medical subspecialty by the American Board of Preventive Medicine. Students will learn about the core content of clinical informatics, current challenges, and opportunities for future work through a combination of practicum, seminars and didactic sessions, independent reading, presentations, and written assignments. Partners HealthCare is a recognized leader in the field of clinical informatics and an early adopter of health IT solutions, with several labs and divisions devoted to clinical informatics and health IT work distributed among various affiliated institutions, including Brigham and Women�s Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital. Partners is currently in the process of a multi-disciplinary, organization-wide electronic healthcare system implementation, which will touch many aspects of clinical and non-clinical workflow and process re-design. Students will be matched with one or more of our over 50 informatics faculty members based on personal areas of interests, and will have the opportunity to participate in informatics operational initiatives and/or research projects during the course of the elective.
Incorporation of Basic Science Content and Evidence-Based Medicine:
The student will attend regular informatics seminars at Partners HealthCare sites or at the Center for Biomedical Informatics at HMS. He or she will also complete independent readings from the informatics literature covering a variety of core subjects. The student will be required to present a Journal Club discussing a recent article from the literature with informatics fellows, faculty and informatics staff in attendance.
Grade Criteria:
Honors with Distinction:
Student demonstrates exceptional understanding of learning objectives and superior interpersonal skills, presentation skills, professionalism, and initiative. Student attends required sessions and completes required assignments at a consistently higher level than would be expected of most medical students.
Honors:
Student demonstrates excellent understanding of learning objectives. Student attends required sessions and completes required assignments at a consistently strong level.
Pass:
Student demonstrates adequate understanding of learning objectives. Student attends required sessions and completes required assignments, but areas requiring further improvement are evident.
Unsatisfactory:
Student does not meet learning objectives, fails to attend required sessions or complete required assignments, or shows lack of professionalism or initiative.