The UAMS Department of Biomedical Informatics (DBMI) is home to the UAMS Clinical Informatics Fellowship Training Program with practice sites at the UAMS Medical Center and Arkansas Children’s Hospital. The primary objective of the program is to provide state-of-the-art training and broad informatics experience for physicians with interests in advanced medical subspecialty training in applied Clinical Informatics.
The ACGME-accredited UAMS Clinical Informatics Fellowship program is a two-year program. Applicants considered for this training program will 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. The program accepts two new fellows each year, one for pediatrics and one for the adult specialty.
Educational Program Goals
- Contribute to the improvement of the clinical informatics systems used in the advancement of the quality of care and patient safety.
- Lead the exploration of important informatics or operational questions and to design, conduct, analyze and report in the peer-reviewed literature the studies that answer them
- Advance efforts toward identifying, characterizing, solving and evaluating solutions for clinical informatics-related problems in healthcare
- Cultivate and maintain awareness of knowledge gaps, identify and undertake learning and other professional development activities to fill them
- Develop leadership skills in leading informatics project implementations and deployments
- Build a foundation of knowledge, experience, and relationships to enable continued academic contributions to the discipline of Clinical Informatics.
The basic curriculum is up to 60 hours per week and contains several components: Didactic, Rotations, Operational and Clinical Responsibilities.
The Didactic portion is up to 10 hours per week. The Rotations are up to 20 hours per week with the first year being mandatory rotations and the second year focusing on electives and Capstone Project. The Operational Responsibilities are up to 20 hours per week. The other hours are allocated to Independent Clinical Practice responsibilities (see below).
Clinical Informatics fellows also undertake coursework in the Clinical Informatics track of our graduate degree program in Biomedical Informatics. The CI 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 given that each fellow will have the necessary credits to do so. In addition to the coursework, the rest of the curriculum is made up of required and elective rotations, participation in health system CI operations (Operational Experience), and the Fellow Research Project (FRP), as well as self, peer and faculty evaluations. Fellows are also required to successfully complete the EPIC Physician Builder training series that is complementary to the Fellow’s clinical specialty of interest.
Independent Clinical Practice
The Clinical Informatics Fellowship Program coordinates with the appropriate clinical or surgical specialty at the UAMS College of Medicine to allow Fellows to continue their primary medical specialty practice.
CI Fellows are expected to perform up to 20% effort in their primary medical specialty. 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.
Multiple local opportunities exist to enrich and extend learning and scholarly work in Clinical Informatics. These include:
- Clinical Grand Rounds – ACH Pediatric Grand Rounds take place at ACH on Tuesdays from 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Whereas, at the UAMS Medical Center, numerous departmental conferences are available to the Fellow and the schedules are posted on Clinical Department websites.
- Biomedical Informatics Research & Application Seminar – The UAMS DBMI Seminar Series takes place monthly on Thursdays from 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
- Local Annual Informatics Meetings – Arkansas Bioinformatics Consortium (AR-BIC) in April of each year, the Mid-South Bioinformatics Consortium (MCBIOS) in April of each year, Arkansas HIMSS meeting in April of each year, Arkansas Public Health Association annual meeting also in April of each year.
- National Meetings – Fellows are required to attend multiple national informatics meetings. These are noted on the CI Fellowship Block Matrix.
- With regard to the teaching responsibilities, Fellows provide two lectures/year at Residents/House staff conferences at the respective training sites. Additionally, the Fellow is expected to teach four Onboarding/Ongoing EMR Training Classes at either ACH or UAMS.
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, the 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