The Discipline of Clinical Informatics

Clinical informatics is the scientific discipline focused on the effective use of biomedical information and knowledge in health care. Physicians practicing clinical informatics endeavor to transform health care by analyzing, designing, implementing and evaluating information and communication systems that enhance individual and population health outcomes, improve patient care, and strengthen the clinician-patient relationship. (AMIA) Clinical informatics is central to the delivery of safe, high-quality health care and to innovation in health care.

In 2011, the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) approved Clinical Informatics (CI) as a board-eligible subspecialty. Unlike other disciplines, clinical informatics is available as a subspecialty certification for physicians certified in any ABMS-recognized primary specialty (learn more about CI board certification). Beginning in 2025, board eligibility will require completion of a fellowship program in clinical informatics that is certified by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). The UCLA Clinical Informatics Fellowship program has received ACGME accreditation.

Clinical Informatics Fellowship

The fellowship's goal is to develop leaders with expertise in biomedical informatics and health information technology who are prepared to advance the science and practice of clinical informatics within health care delivery systems. The fellowship will provide physicians with experiential training in alignment with ACGME guidelines. Upon successful completion of the two-year program, fellows will be eligible for board certification in clinical informatics. 

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The Clinical Informatics Fellowship has been approved by the UCLA Graduate Medical Education Committee and accredited through the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education.

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