Clinical Informatics Fellowship

Group of attendees at 2022 AMIA around a table smiling

We are seeking outstanding applicants for a two-year University of Minnesota Clinical Informatics Fellowship in the Twin Cities. The program is open to graduates of residency programs in any specialty. Fellows in the two-year clinical informatics fellowship program at the University of Minnesota Department of Family Medicine and Community Health will benefit from unique interdisciplinary support through the University's clinical partnership with M Health Fairview and the Minneapolis Veterans administration; strong informatics academics working with faculty and education and research programs in the Institute for Health Informatics; and embedded health system research and quality improvement enabled with data, technology, and innovation. Upon program completion, graduates will be equipped to pass the clinical informatics board exam with an excellent foundation in the field. Importantly, graduates of the program will also be highly competitive for employment in physician clinical informatics positions including leadership positions within health systems and industry.

Pictured above: A group of attendees at a recent American Medical Informatics Association conference.

The curriculum includes direct, hands-on experience in these vital areas:

  • Cyber security and privacy
  • Clinical documentation
  • Data governance and data literacy
  • Electronic health records teams including orders, ambulatory, surgery, revenue cycle, and inpatient
  • Healthcare leadership including shadowing and mentoring experiences
  • Interoperability, data warehouse, and other data technology
  • Information technology operations including help desk and service management, networking and other infrastructure functions, and training and support team
  • Patient-facing technologies and virtual care
  • Population health technology and analytics


Your training will include clinical rotations within the M Health Fairview system, with the primary teaching site at the University of Minnesota Medical Center and the Minneapolis VA Healthcare system.

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Rotation Sites

Rotations include operational informatics competencies, research, and quality improvement projects. Rotation sites include the following:

M Health Fairview System Rotation

Fellows complete 14, four to eight-week rotations with various teams that function within the M Health Fairview (Fairview Health Services Information Technology) Team. The University of Minnesota Medical Center, with the broader M Health Fairview Health System (Fairview Health Systems and University of Minnesota Physicians with 10 hospitals, over 70 clinics, and post-acute services), is the primary site where rotations occur. Note that while the primary teaching site for these rotations is University of Minnesota Medical Center, fellows will rotate to other office or clinical locations as needed, with the primary building for Fairview Health Services Information Technology being located at Stinson 323. See Program Curriculum for further details on rotations.

Veterans Affairs Health System Rotation

Fellows complete three, four-week rotations focused on analytics, Cerner Inpatient, and Cerner Ambulatory & Reporting at the VA hospital in Minneapolis. The Minneapolis VA Healthcare System provides a contrasting clinical experience with its veteran population. It also uses a different electronic health record system and connects with national VA initiatives.

Elective Time

Fellows complete five, four-week rotations focused on self-designated clinical informatics focuses. Elective rotations must be completed at a funded site and can be used towards a research or quality improvement project.

Salary and Benefits

  • Salary - $78,818 (year one), $81,188 (year two)
  • Medical Insurance, flexible spending account (FSA), retirement plan. See details.
  • Paid Time Off (PTO)
    • Twenty-one days per contract year.  Designed to cover vacations, health days and unexpected absences not covered by paid leave.
  • Leave
    • Parental leave - Upon request, a trainee may take six weeks of paid leave related to the birth, adoption, or gestational surrogacy of a child. 
    • Unpaid leave - May extend training - extended periods of leave available with FMLA. Other unpaid leave at program director’s discretion.
  • Business expense allocation
    • Up to $1,000 reimbursement per year for software, conference expenses, medical association memberships, and clinical textbooks and journals
  • Moving allowance
    • Up to $1,000 payment for relocation expenses
  • Free parking


Mailing Address
420 Delaware Street SE, MMC 381
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Genevieve Melton-Meaux, MD, PhD
Program Director

Terrence Adam, RPh, MS, MD, PhD
Associate Program Director

Brenda Dolejs
Program Coordinator

Office Address
6-240 Phillips-Wangensteen Building
516 Delaware St SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455


Carly Hudelson

Carly Hudelson, MD, MSc

Current fellow
Medical School: Harvard Medical School
Residency: University of Washington, Internal Medicine Residency
Informatics Interests: Care delivery innovation, digital health
Hobbies: Art, fishing, and trips to the North Shore  
Why Minnesota? The Clinical Informatics Fellowship has a great educational environment with wonderful mentors, and it offers fantastic hands-on experience working in diverse areas. Plus, it is great to get to live closer to my family!

Melissa Gunderson, MD

Melissa Gunderson, MD

Current fellow
Medical School: University of North Dakota
Residency: University of Minnesota, General Surgery Residency
Informatics Interests: Perioperative informatics, pre- and post-operative quality improvement, EHR training and optimization
Hobbies: Reading, tennis, theatre, and movies
Why Minnesota? I chose a clinical informatics fellowship at the University of Minnesota because of the breadth and depth of the investment in informatics, quality of the fellowship faculty, and the opportunity to work on projects of both personal interest and great institutional priority.


Mohannad Al-Tarakji, MD

Current fellow
Medical School: Damascus University, Faculty of Medicine, Syria
Residency: Hamad Medical Corporation, Qatar, General Surgery
Fellowships: Acute Care Surgery; Surgical Critical Care
Informatics Interests: Artificial Intelligence, Ethics of Clinical Informatics, Education
Hobbies: Reading, traveling and exploring new places  
Why Minnesota? Minnesota's appeal encompasses its captivating natural beauty, high quality of life, excellent healthcare and education, prestigious universities, four distinct seasons, and a friendly, welcoming culture.