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Clinical Informatics Fellowship Program

The Baylor Scott & White Clinical Informatics fellowship is a two-year ACGME-accredited fellowship program designed to provide a practical experience in clinical informatics, accompanied by excellent didactics and by strong faculty and administrative support.

Baylor Scott & White Health (BSWH) is the largest not-for-profit health system in Texas, serving much of the Austin, Temple, Waco, Dallas, and Fort Worth metropolitan areas. The fellowship program is based in Round Rock, TX, a suburb within the booming Austin, TX metropolitan area. The program includes graduate coursework in biomedical informatics.

The fellowship is intended to provide physicians with skills and experience important for leadership roles such as Chief Medical Information Officer, Chief Health Information Officer, or Chief Laboratory Information Officer.

The fellowship is open to residency graduates from any specialty who will be board eligible or board certified prior to beginning fellowship training. Upon completion of the program, fellows will become eligible for board certification in Clinical Informatics. Pathology-trained fellows may have the opportunity to combine training in Clinical Informatics with a pathology subspecialty fellowship offered at Baylor Scott & White Medical Center in Temple. Enrollment in a combined fellowship requires successful application to both training programs. Fellows who successfully complete a combined fellowship curriculum will achieve board eligibility for both subspecialties in a total of two years.

Curriculum

Over the course of the fellowship, fellows will complete informatics rotations that embed fellows within a variety of informatics teams at BSWH. Under the guidance of program faculty, fellows will learn and apply informatics skills in the complex business and clinical environment of a large health care system. Fellows will take ownership of meaningful informatics projects and will have the opportunity to participate in the evaluation, design, and implementation of health information technologies. Fellows will be required to pursue one or more academic research project(s), the results of which will be disseminated through publication or presentation at academic or professional conferences.

The fellowship includes fully funded enrollment in the Oregon Health and Science University clinical informatics graduate certificate program, a comprehensive didactic curriculum tailored for health care professionals.

Fellows will be encouraged to remain active in their primary specialty, up to 20% of the time, during their fellowship. This clinical experience is designed to be flexible and will be tailored to each fellow’s career goals and interests.

Sample schedule

Month Site Rotation Longitudinal activities
1 Round Rock Introduction to clinical informatics OHSU, CP, JC
2 Temple Laboratory informatics OHSU, CP, JC, CICA
3 Temple Laboratory informatics OHSU, CP, JC, TC, CICA
4 Temple Laboratory informatics OHSU, CP, JC, CICA
5 Round Rock Imaging informatics OHSU, CP, JC, CICA
6 Round Rock Healthcare analytics OHSU, CP, JC, TC, CICA
7 Round Rock Bioinformatics OHSU, CP, JC, CICA
8 Round Rock Bioinformatics OHSU, CP, JC, CICA
9 Round Rock Information systems management OHSU, CP, JC, TC, CICA
10 Round Rock Leadership OHSU, CP, JC, CICA
11 Round Rock Process improvement and patient safety OHSU, CP, JC, CICA
12   Vacation OHSU
13 Round Rock Acute care informatics OHSU, CP, JC, CICA
14 Round Rock Ambulatory informatics OHSU, CP, JC, CICA
15 Round Rock Inpatient informatics OHSU, CP, JC, TC, CICA
16 Round Rock Inpatient informatics OHSU, CP, JC, CICA
17 Round Rock Digital health OHSU, CP, JC, CICA
18 Round Rock Research OHSU, CP, JC, TC, CICA
19 Round Rock, Temple Research OHSU, CP, JC, CICA
20 Round Rock, Temple Research OHSU, CP, JC, CICA
21 Round Rock, Temple Research OHSU, CP, JC, TC, CICA
22 Round Rock, Temple Elective OHSU, CP, JC, CICA
23 Round Rock, Temple Elective OHSU, CP, JC, CICA
24   Vacation OHSU
Key  
OHSU Oregon Health & Science University graduate certificate program
CP clinical practice
CICA clinical informatics core activities
JC informatics journal club
TC teaching conference presentation

Clinical Informatics Core Activities

The clinical informatics core activities permit fellows to maintain longitudinal involvement with ongoing clinical informatics initiatives, in addition to their specific rotation focus. For example, fellows will participate in interdisciplinary IT planning and implementation meetings pertaining to long-term projects and will maintain involvement in informatics leadership via interdisciplinary committee participation.

Research

Fellows will be oriented to the ongoing areas of clinical informatics research at BSWH. Before or during the outset of the rotation block, fellows will be introduced to program faculty conducting informatics-related research and will work with the Program Director to select a research mentor and to design a project that complements the fellow’s interests and career goals. Fellows will be encouraged to complete their research project during this rotation block and will be expected to submit the results for presentation or publication in an academic setting. 

Elective

Fellows will work with the Program Director to design customized rotations where they can further pursue their individual informatics-related interests and career goals. Fellows may elect to repeat any existing rotation or can work with program faculty to design specialized rotations in any area of informatics available at BSWH.

OHSU Clinical Informatics Graduate Certificate Program

During the course of the fellowship, each fellow will complete an online graduate certificate in Clinical Informatics from OHSU. This graduate certificate program has been designed around the ACGME Clinical Informatics Milestones. The objective of this program is to develop a theoretical, well-rounded and practical understanding of the role of information in health care. In addition, students will gain a sound basis for implementing, developing, maintaining and managing health information resources and systems in health care, as well as skills in the management of health information, technology and decision making. The curriculum consists of eight three-credit graduate-level classes, for a total of 24 credits.

Clinical Practice

Fellows will maintain about 10-20% FTE practice in their primary clinical specialty throughout the fellowship. The Program Director will work with the fellow and with clinical departments to find an acceptable schedule and practice setting.  

Our Faculty

Arundhati Rao, MD, PhD

Chair, Department of Pathology
Pathologist

KY

Jeana O’Brien, MD

Chief Medical Information Officer
Pulmonologist

Amin Mohammad, PhD

Clinical Informaticist
Clinical Chemist

Aasim Saeed, MD, MPA

Director of Clinical Innovation
Clinical Lead, Digital Health

  • Train at one of the Truven Health 100 Top Hospitals®

    Baylor Scott & White Medical Center - Round Rock, is a 101-bed hospital with an adjacent multispecialty clinic and freestanding cancer center that provide a full range of care in more than 40 specialties.

How to Apply

Applications are accepted through ERAS. Applicants interested in the 2022 academic year are encouraged to also directly contact the Program Director. Interviews are generally offered between September and November. The Clinical Informatics fellowship "common offer date" is in mid-December.

 


Application Requirements

  • Medical school transcript (certified English translation if from non-US institution)
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Personal statement describing the applicant’s interest, experience and career goals in clinical informatics
  • Curriculum vitae
  • USMLE transcript

Learn more about Baylor Scott & White's housestaff appointment eligibility, including guidelines for international medical graduates.

Contact Us

Kenneth Youens, MD,
Program Director
Phone: 254.724.3688
Kenneth.Youens@BSWHealth.org

Baylor Scott and White Medical Center – Austin-Round Rock
Baylor Scott & White Health
300 University Blvd.
Round Rock, TX 78665
MS.MB 3.009

Working at Baylor Scott & White Health

Compensation and Benefits

In addition to competitive stipends, we offer our residents a full menu of employee benefits. We help offset the cost of many of these benefits; others are options you can choose to pay for yourself.

Life in Austin

As one of America’s fastest growing cities, Austin-Round Rock offers an array of cultural, culinary and outdoor experiences. The metropolitan also ranked second on the Forbes list of "America’s 25 Best Cities for Young Professionals in 2017."

Why Baylor Scott & White

As the largest not-for-profit health care system in Texas and one of the largest in the United States, Baylor Scott & White Health includes 48 hospitals, more than 900 patient care sites, more than 6,000 active physicians and more than 40,000 employees.

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