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The Massachusetts General Hospital Fellowship in Clinical Informatics is based in the Department of Pathology and enjoys strong collaborations with the Pathology Department at the Brigham and Women's Hospital and across the Partners Healthcare System. It is an ACGME Clinical Informatics program certified by the American Board of Pathology in 2016.
The program began in 2008 as the Partners Healthcare System's Integrated Program in Pathology Informatics, a collaboration of the Pathology Departments of the Massachusetts General Hospital, the Brigham and Women's Hospital and the North Shore Medical Center. Since 2009, it has graduated 17 fellows, the great majority of which are running pathology and molecular informatics programs across the country.
The Massachusetts General Hospital Fellowship in Clinical Informatics trains physicians to become leaders in clinical informatics, clinically relevant bioinformatics and imaging. Our educational philosophy considers informatics a natural part of medical practice and central to medicine's future, and our program's architecture provides exposure to multiple, independent faculty, a wide variety of clinical operations, research consistent with long term career goals, formal courses and seminars, and a level of responsibility appropriate to experience and skill. It works closely with the Brigham and Women's Based Partners Clinical Informatics and Innovation Fellowship, and a variety of educational resources in the Boston area, to create the best possible educational experience to our fellows.
After finishing the Informatics Fellowship, fellows will have a broad understanding of pathology informatics as well as deep knowledge in at least one informatics subspecialty; and will have the skills necessary to lead a pathology informatics service at a major medical center and execute a successful academic/research career.
Types and Number of Appointments
The Program is an ACGME Clinical Informatics Fellowship certified by the American Board of Pathology. As such, it can provide a unique set of options:
1. A standard, two year fellowship in Clinical Informatics
2. A "blended" (a.k.a. 1+1) fellowship, in which the candidate combines an informatics fellowship and a pathology fellowship (e.g. Surgical Pathology, Cytology, Blood Banking, etc.) in a two year window. This option allows the fellow credit for two fellowships in two years, and is designed for pathologists who are interested in applying informatics to a clinical laboratory or pathology specialty, especially if the candidate has done substantial training in informatics prior to or during residency.
The pathology fellowship component can be done at MGH or at another institution, but there must be a close collaboration between the fellowships so that the fellows leave the program ready to apply both informatics and clinical leadership in a subspecialty laboratory or diagnostic group.
The program has averaged four to eight concurrent fellows; however, the number of appointments available at a given time is variable and dependent on funding; please contact the Program Director. (See How to Apply).
Candidates should have completed their residency training in anatomic, clinical or combined anatomic/clinical pathology, with primary certification or eligibility by the American Board of Pathology. If not a US citizen or green card holder, the candidate should have a valid ECFMG certificate and visa.
In some cases however, fellows will be accepted before they are Board eligible. Such candidates must qualify for a limited (training) license in Massachusetts, present compelling reasons that the fellowship should be done prior to finishing residency, and have concrete plans for finishing their pathology residency training.
Structure of the Program
The program is made up six major components, three of which are configured to the interests and career goals of each fellow, while the remaining three (didactic courses, seminars and national meetings) are common for all fellows. In general, the configurable components allow a deep experience in a subspecialty of informatics while the common components provide knowledge across the wide scope of informatics.
The configured components include clinical rotations, research and development, industrial liaison, and the freedom to spend a limited amount of time in a diagnostic specialty of the fellows choice. The fellow is assigned one or more mentors depending on the fellow’s interest and the mentors, the fellow and the director develop a set of rotations, research and diagnostic activities that make the most sense for the fellow’s career goals.
The common components include weekly didactic courses, monthly and quarterly seminars and national meetings that are attended by all the fellows. The goal is to provide a broad, common understanding of informatics regardless of individual interests.
All faculty hold clinical positions at the Massachusetts General Hospital, the Brigham and Women's Hospital or other Partners Healthcare facilities. They hold academic positions at Harvard Medical School and/or the Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology (HST), run their own independent research and/or clinical operations and publish extensively.
Accepting applications for 2017 – 2019, beginning July 1, 2016.
Interested applicants should send a completed CAP standardized fellowship application, an up-to-date CV, a copy of their USMLE transcript, a one-page personal statement concerning their interest in Informatics, their interest in the two year or blended two year options, three letters of reference (including one from their residency program director or department chief) to:
John Gilbertson, MD
Pathology Informatics Fellowship Program
Massachusetts General Hospital
55 Fruit Street, Mail stop: GRJ235
Boston, MA 02114