Many Medical Students Unaware of Informatics Training Options

March 4, 2015 in News

Many medical students are interested in pursuing clinical informatics, but few are aware of the availability of training opportunities for the field, according to a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association, FierceHealthIT reports.

Support for clinical informatics training was included on the American Medical Informatics Association’s list of 2014 public policy priorities (Hall, FierceHealthIT, 3/2).

Details of Study

For the study, which was funded by a grant from the American Medical Association, researchers provided a Web-based survey to medical students at:

  • Brown University’s Alpert Medical School;
  • Oregon Health Science University’s School of Medicine;
  • The University of Alabama at Birmingham’s Medical School; and
  • The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences.

The researchers received responses from 557 medical students (Banerjee et al., JAMIA, 2/28).

Findings

The study found that a majority of the respondents were interested in taking electives in clinical informatics as residents or students. However, fewer than one-third of respondents knew of available clinical informatics training options.

In addition, the study found that 30% of respondents were at least somewhat interested in using clinical informatics in their future jobs, including 13% who said they were “very” interested (FierceHealthIT, 3/2).

Researchers found that students who said they were at least somewhat interested in using clinical informatics were not any more likely than students who expressed no interest in the field to be aware of clinical informatics training opportunities (JAMIA, 2/28).

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