Medical student awareness of and interest in clinical informatics

Banerjee, Rahul; George, Paul; Priebe, Cedric; Alper, Eric
April 2015
Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association;Apr2015, Vol. 22 Issue e1, pe42
Academic Journal
Objective We aimed to investigate medical students' attitudes about Clinical Informatics (CI) training and careers. Materials and Methods We distributed a web-based survey to students at four US allopathic medical schools. Results Five hundred and fifty-seven medical students responded. Interest in CI training opportunities (medical school electives, residency electives, or academic fellowships) surpassed respondents' prior awareness of these opportunities. Thirty percent of student respondents expressed at least some interest in a CI-related career, but they were no more aware of training opportunities than their peers who did not express such an interest. Discussion Almost one third of medical students who responded to our survey expressed an interest in a CI-related career, but they were generally unaware of CI training and mentoring opportunities available to them. Early outreach to such medical students, through elective classes, professional society incentives, or expert partnerships, may positively influence the size and skill set of the future CI workforce. Conclusion We should work as a field to increase the quantity, quality, and publicity of CI learning opportunities for interested medical students.


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