The UAMS Department of Biomedical Informatics (DBMI) is home to the UAMS Clinical Informatics Fellowship Training Program. The program provides state-of-the-art training and broad informatics experience for physicians pursuing advanced medical subspecialty training in applied Clinical Informatics.
Our two-year program is ACGME-accredited. Eligible applicants have successfully completed an accredited residency program in a primary medical specialty (i.e., pediatrics, internal medicine, etc.). There are two training sites for the program. Arkansas Children’s Hospital is the primary training site for fellows with pediatric specialties, while the UAMS Medical Center is the training site for fellows with specialties that cater to adults.
Educational Program Goals
- Improve the clinical informatics systems used in quality of care and patient safety.
- Identify Clinical Informatics-related problems in healthcare and develop solutions.
- Commit to a culture of lifelong learning by developing a broad awareness of Clinical Informatics literature, as well as resources and skills from other disciplines that enable clinical informaticians to be more effective.
- Develop leadership skills by hands-on practice managing project implementation and deployment.
- Contribute to Clinical Informatics research.
- Build a foundation of knowledge, experience, and relationships to enable continued academic contributions to the discipline of Clinical Informatics.
The program includes up to 60 hours per week and contains several components: didactics, rotations, operational duties, clinical responsibilities, and a senior research project.
- Didactics — Up to 6 hours a week – Includes time attributed to the Biomedical Informatics Certificate program and other learning activities, such as conferences and Journal Club.
- Rotations – Up to 18 hours per week – Year 1 includes 10 mandatory rotations and 2 electives. Year 2 is all electives. Rotations are designed to expose the fellows to specific informatics areas of interest to the specialty. Rotations will likely overlap with the fellow’s research and/or operational interests in Year 2.
- Operational Responsibilities – Up to 24 hours per week – The operational responsibilities allow the fellow to develop real-world informatics skills and their ability to lead.
- Clinical responsibilities – Up to 20% of time, for a maximum of about 12 hours per week – See more detail below.
- Research – Fellows begin working on their research project in Year 1 of the program, with the goal of completion, presentation(s) and publication by the end of Year 2.
Program coursework is part of the Clinical Informatics track of our graduate degree program in Biomedical Informatics. Fellows are required to complete a Certificate Degree in Biomedical Informatics, which can be used to complete a Master of Science Degree in Biomedical Informatics.
Fellows are also required to successfully complete the EPIC Physician Builder training series that is complementary to the fellow’s clinical specialty of interest.
The Clinical Informatics Fellowship Program coordinates with the appropriate clinical or surgical specialty in the UAMS College of Medicine to allow fellows to continue to practice in their primary medical specialty.
Fellows spend up to 20% of their time in clinical practice. Applicants must apply for and receive an unrestricted Arkansas medical license and active medical staff privileges at Arkansas Children’s Hospital (pediatric specialties) or UAMS Medical Center (adult specialties) prior to starting the program.
Feliciano “Pele” Yu, Jr., M.D., MSPH, MSHI, FAMIA
- Program Director, UAMS Clinical Informatics Fellowship Program
- Fellowship Training Site Director for Arkansas Children’s Hospital
- Professor of Pediatrics, Biomedical Informatics, and Public Health, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
- Chief Medical Information Officer, Arkansas Children’s Hospital
- Board-certified in Pediatrics and Clinical Informatics
Amy Widner, M.A.
- Fellowship Program Coordinator