Health Informatics Training at OHSU

Bill Hersh hersh at OHSU.EDU
Wed Sep 29 17:31:46 EST 1993

Health Informatics Research Training at Oregon Health Sciences 

The Biomedical Information Communication Center (BICC) at 
Oregon Health Sciences University (OHSU) is seeking qualified 
applicants for its National Library of Medicine-sponsored 
postdoctoral research training program in health informatics.  With 
six appointed and seven adjunct faculty, the BICC is one of the 
country's leading institutions in health informatics research.  Its 
health informatics training program is designed to prepare 
individuals for many types of careers in the application of 
information technology in health care.


Nestled in the west hills of Portland, OHSU is just an hour away 
from the Cascade mountains and the Pacific Ocean.  The training 
program is housed in the state-of-the-art 74,000 sq. ft. BICC 
Building, which contains offices, classrooms, the library, and other 
information technology resources.  Advanced personal computers 
and workstations are available for all fellows.  Virtually all 
computers on campus are connected to Ethernet or Token-Ring 
networks, each with access to the Internet.  OHSU also offers its 
own on-line information service (ORHION) and has personal 
computers throughout the clinics and hospitals, affording many 
unique opportunities for training and research.


Qualifications for applicants include an M.D. (residency training 
preferred) or a Ph.D. in either biological science or an area relevant 
to informatics.


Financial support in the form of NLM-funded fellowships is 
available for U.S. citizens or permanent residents only. 


The primary focus of the program is to provide a structured 
research experience in one or two of the areas listed below (under 
Faculty Interests), along with course work in informatics.  Fellows 
will survey the field broadly during their two to three year 
fellowship and will be expected to complete research projects.  
Upon completion of their training, they should be able to describe 
their results clearly in both oral and written form.  The overall 
goals are to prepare trainees to (a) direct their own health 
informatics research efforts at medical centers that actively 
embrace the
Integrated Advanced Information Management Systems (IAIMS) 
agenda, or (b) take leadership positions in the growing number of 
hospital and/or commercial efforts in health informatics. 

There are many opportunities for classroom learning in the 
program.  The BICC faculty itself teaches several courses, 
including an introductory informatics course as well as those on 
advanced topics, such as information retrieval and medical 
decision making.  Most fellows have availed themselves to a 
seminar series for fellows in the Division of General Internal 
Medicine and/or formal courses available in statistics, computer 
science, and decision science at nearby Portland State University.  
There is a degree option for a Master of Public Health with a 
specialization in health informatics.  The BICC also provides a bi-
weekly seminar, with a combination of inside and outside speakers.

Faculty Interests

BICC faculty work on a variety of their own as well as institutional 
projects.  These include:
-  Clinical information systems and computer-based patient 
records.  OHSU is currently implementing a large electronic 
medical record effort running on networked personal computers 
with a graphical user interface.
-  Information retrieval.  The BICC runs its own on-line 
information service for Oregon clinicians (the ORHION system) 
and also does ongoing research in the design and evaluation of 
information retrieval systems.
-  Outcomes research.  Several OHSU faculty are interested in this 
increasingly important area of medical research and collaborate 
with experts at the BICC.
-  End-user computing in medicine.  Several BICC faculty teach as 
well as do research on the role of end-user computing for clinical 
-  Telemedicine.  Outside the metropolitan Portland area, Oregon is 
mostly a rural state.  Providing information and services is a major 
goal of OHSU, and one project involves satellite link-up of video 
conferences, image transfer, and teaching of courses.
-  Medical decision making and decision analysis.
-  Image analysis


Applications are now being accepted for January 1, July 1, and 
September 1, 1994 start dates.  Applications for the July and 
September start dates should be received no later than February 1, 

For more information, please contact:

Kent A. Spackman, M.D., Ph.D.
Chief Medical Information Officer
Associate Director of Health Informatics
Oregon Health Sciences University
3181 SW Sam Jackson Park Rd.
Portland, OR   97201-3098
Voice:  503-494-4502
Fax:  503-494-4551
Email:  spackman at ohsu.edu

William Hersh, M.D.
Assistant Professor of Medicine and Medical Informatics
Oregon Health Sciences University
3181 SW Sam Jackson Park Rd.
Portland, OR   97201-3098
Voice:  503-494-4563
Fax:  503-494-4551
Email:  hersh at ohsu.edu

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