Characteristics of the National Applicant Pool for Clinical Informatics Fellowships (2016-2017)

Douglas S. Bell, Kevin Baldwin, Elijah J. Bell, Christoph U. Lehmann, Emily C. Webber, Vishnu Mohan, Michael G. Leu, Jeffery M. Hofmann, David C. Kaelber, Adam B. Landman, Jonathan Hron, Howard D. Silverman, Bruce Levy, Peter L. Elkin, Eric Poon, Anthony A. Luberti, John T. Finnell, Charles Safran, Jonathan P. Palma, Bruce H. FormanJames Kileen, David Arvin, Michael Pfeffer

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We conducted a national study to assess the numbers and diversity of applicants for 2016 and 2017 clinical informatics fellowship positions. In each year, we collected data on the number of applications that programs received from candidates who were ultimately successful vs. unsuccessful. In 2017, we also conducted an anonymous applicant survey. Successful candidates applied to an average of 4.2 and 5.5 programs for 2016 and 2017, respectively. In the survey, unsuccessful candidates reported applying to fewer programs. Assuming unsuccessful candidates submitted between 2-5 applications each, the total applicant pool numbered 42-69 for 2016 (competing for 24 positions) and 52-85 for 2017 (competing for 30 positions). Among survey respondents (n=33), 24% were female, 1 was black and none were Hispanic. We conclude that greater efforts are needed to enhance interest in clinical informatics among medical students and residents, particularly among women and members of underrepresented minority groups.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)225-231
Number of pages7
JournalAMIA ... Annual Symposium proceedings. AMIA Symposium
StatePublished - 2018
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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