Medical informatics training at OHSU

Bill Hersh hersh at OHSU.EDU
Mon Oct 10 10:14:27 EST 1994

Health Informatics Research Training at Oregon Health
Sciences University

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 seven full-time 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 the campus network, which is connected to the Internet.  
OHSU also offers its own on-line information service to all Oregon 
physicians and has personal computers throughout the clinics and 
hospitals, affording many unique opportunities for training and 


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


Financial support in the form of NLM-funded fellowships is available 
for U.S. citizens or permanent residents only.  Additional funding may 
be available from the Veterans Administration.  Clinical opportunities 
are also available for clinicians in many specialties.


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 

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 
universities.  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
-  Information retrieval
-  Outcomes research
-  Clinicians' information needs
-  Telemedicine
-  Medical decision making
-  Patient information systems
-  Neural networks


Applications are now being accepted for January 1, July 1, and 
September 1, 1995 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.
Associate Director
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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