|[August 04, 2014]
Stanford Medicine Launches Nation's First Accredited Clinical Informatics Fellowship
STANFORD, Calif. --(Business Wire)--
A clinical informatics fellowship�program at Stanford
Medicine is the first in the country to�be accredited by the Accreditation
Council for Graduate Medical Education.
Physicians who complete the Clinical
Informatics Fellowship program can be certified in the subspecialty,
which became a recognized subspecialty in 2011 and granted its first
board certifications in 2013. Beginning in 2018, the American
Board of Medical Specialties will require physicians to complete a
council-accredited fellowship to be eligible for certification in
clinical informatics. The council is a non-profit, private council that
evaluates and accredits medical residency and fellowship programs.
"This accreditation recognizes that our program meets the new national
standards in the field of clinical informatics," said pediatrician Christopher
Longhurst, MD, MS, director of the fellowship, chief medical
information officer for Stanford Children's Health, and clinical
associate professor of pediatrics and of medicine at the Stanford School
of Medicine. "We are the first because of our long history of biomedical
informatics, our breadth of experience and our program's high level of
collaboration among physicians and researchers in numerous specialties."
Clinical informatics is the application of information technology and
knowledge-management protocols to prevent disease, deliver more
efficient patient care, streamline applications in translational
research and improve access to biomedical data. The specialty promotes
the understanding, integration and application of information technology
to ensure clinical objectives and industry best practices.
Four positions are available in the two-year fellowship program, which
received accreditation on July 15. The first two fellows for 2014-16 are Lance
Downing, MD, an internal medicine specialist, and pediatrician Veena
Goel, MD. Downing is helping Christopher
Sharp, MD, chief medical information officer and fellowship site
director for Stanford Health Care and clinical associate professor of
medicine at the Stanford School of Medicine, and others to develop a
program to identify early signs of severe sepsis; Goel is helping Paul
Sharek, MD, MPH, medical director of quality management and
associate professor of pediatrics at the Stanford School of Medicine, to
develop new tools and processes to mitigate "bedside-alarm" fatigue.
Fellows will divide their time between informatics projects, coursework
and clinical practice in their primary specialty. The Department of
Information Services at Stanford Children's Health will be the primary
training site, with rotations offered at Stanford Health Care, Sutter
Health, Kaiser Permanente, Veterans Affairs Palo Alto (News - Alert) Health Care System
and HP Labs.
The leadership team, which included the program's two associate
fellowship directors - Natalie
Pageler, MD, MEd, clinical assistant professor of pediatric critical
care at the Stanford School of Medicine; and Jonathan
Palma, MD, MS, clinical assistant professor of neonatology at the
School of Medicine - spent more than 100 hours developing the
application for ACGME accreditation. The team decided to make the final
version available to other institutions interested in accreditation.
Thus far, more than 20 academic medical centers have downloaded the
"This fellowship represents the formal recognition of a major change in
medicine, one that merges best-practice clinical training with advanced
information technology and analytical expertise," said Ed
Kopetsky, chief information officer at Stanford Children's Health
and Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford. "Clinicians with a
strong knowledge of clinical informatics and analytics will not only
play a key role in optimizing workflow, but will help us understand more
about disease and optimal care methods. In the end, this means better
Minor, MD, dean of the School of Medicine, commended Longhurst and
the other members of the team for ensuring that Stanford Medicine is at
the forefront of the clinical informatics field. "The future of health
care increasingly depends on having physicians who are skilled at using
data to find new and better ways of treating patients, and we at
Stanford are pleased to be playing a leading role in providing this
essential training," he said.
For more information on the fellowship at Stanford Medicine, please see http://cifellowship.stanford.edu.
About the Stanford School of Medicine
The Stanford University School of Medicine consistently ranks among the
nation's top medical schools, integrating research, medical education,
patient care and community service. For more news about the school,
please visit http://mednews.stanford.edu.
The medical school is part of Stanford Medicine, which includes Stanford
Health Careand Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford. For
information about all three, please visit http://stanfordmedicine.org/about/news.html.
About Stanford Children's Health and Lucile Packard Children's
Stanford Children's Health, with Lucile Packard Children's Hospital
Stanford at its core, is an internationally recognized leader in
world-class, nurturing care and extraordinary outcomes in every
pediatric and obstetric specialty from the routine to rare, for every
child and pregnant woman. Together with our Stanford
Medicine physicians, nurses, and staff, we deliver this innovative
care and research through partnerships, collaborations, outreach,
specialty clinics and primary care practices at more than 100 locations
in the U.S. western region. As a non-profit, we are committed to
supporting our community - from caring for uninsured or underinsured
kids, homeless teens and pregnant moms, to helping re-establish school
nurse positions in local schools. Learn more about our full range of
preeminent programs and network of care at�stanfordchildrens.org,
and on our Healthier,
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Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford is the heart of
Stanford Children's Health, and is one of the nation's top hospitals for
the care of children and expectant mothers. For a decade, we have
received the highest specialty rankings of any Northern California
children's hospital, according to U.S. News & World Report's 2014-15 Best
Children's Hospitals survey, and are the only hospital in Northern
California to receive the national 2013 Leapfrog Group Top
Children's Hospital award for quality and patient care safety.
Discover more at stanfordchildrens.org.
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