ALUMNI NEWS | Department Launches New Clinical Informatics Fellowship

The Department of Family Medicine and Community Health is excited to announce that it is now home to a brand-new fellowship program in clinical informatics!

Resulting from a collaboration between the University of Minnesota Medical School and the Institute for Health Informatics, the Clinical Informatics Fellowship program is accepting applications for prospective fellows who will start the program in July 2022. Applicants may be from any specialty.

What makes this fellowship program special?

"The M Health system offers the best of both worlds in terms of educational access to both academic and community practice settings, in a diverse setting of both urban and rural populations," says Michelle Stoffel, MD, PhD, assistant professor in the Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology and associate chief medical informatics officer for M Health Fairview.

"Fellows will also benefit from experience with new projects, while at the same time drawing on a rich legacy of health informatics at the University of Minnesota," she adds.

Dr. Stoffel's vast experience made her an excellent choice for being involved in the new clinical informatics fellowship.

"To be effective in lab medicine and pathology informatics requires experience with clinical workflows and integration with care teams," she says. "My own fellowship training outside the lab was invaluable, so I wanted to be involved with fellows of any specialty to help them get the most out of their interactions with the lab and to integrate clinical project experience for any pathology-based trainees."

Fellows will enjoy unique interdisciplinary support through the University's clinical partnership with the internationally renowned M Health Fairview and the Minneapolis Veterans Administration.

"The M Health system has a tightly integrated team of physician informatics leaders, with frequent communication and collaboration," explains Dr. Stoffel. "This fellowship has been designed to allow trainees to experience a wide variety of projects and learning environments while providing that core mentorship grounding essential to training success."

Watch a video about our new Clinical Informatics FellowshipAlong with strong informatics academics, fellows have the opportunity to work with faculty as well as education and research programs in the Institute for Health Informatics. Rotations will take place at the University of Minnesota Medical Center with the broader M Health Fairview Health System, spanning 10 hospitals, over 70 clinics, and post-acute services.

Graduates who complete this UMN Clinical Informatics Fellowship program will be highly competitive for employment in physician clinical informatics positions and join a worldwide network of more than 28,000 University of Minnesota Medical School alumni.

If you, your colleagues, mentees, or any of your students may be interested in learning more about or applying for this new Clinical Informatics Fellowship Program at the University of Minnesota, visit our website for details.

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