In a September 22, 2011, announcement, AMIA (the association for informatics professionals) announced that Clinical Informatics (CI) has become an American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) subspecialty. The CI examination will be administered by the American Board of Preventive Medicine and available to physicians who have primary specialty certification through the American Board of Medical Specialties.
Joining such subspecialties as pediatric anesthesiology, medical toxicology, sports medicine, geriatrics medicine, and cardiovascular disease, clinical informatics (CI) certification will be based on a rigorous set of core competencies, heavily influenced by publications on the subject developed by AMIA and its members, many of whom have pioneered the field and supported CI’s new status as an ABMS-recognized area of clinical expertise. The goal for the first board exam is to have it available in fall 2012, with the first certificates awarded early in 2013. To prepare physicians who wish to sit for this examination, AMIA is developing preparatory materials both as online and in-person courses starting spring 2012.
As more clinicians turn to EHRs and clinical decision support support systems, specialized training is needed to develop clinical informatics expertise.
According to AMIA president and CEO Edward H. Shortliffe, MD, PhD. “With the need over the next decade for 50,000 informatics professionals in the health sector with various levels of expertise, this focus on physician expertise in clinical informatics is clearly a step in the right direction. The CI exam will encourage more medical schools to build informatics into their training programs and to begin addressing real-world information management needs of physicians in virtually every work environment.”
AmericanEHR Partners will be interviewing Dr. Shortliffe about the CI certification in an upcoming Podcast.