| October 14, 2011

Perfect.  Another board exam to take.

The American Board of Medical Specialties, or ABMS, recently approved the creation of a subspecialty certification in clinical informatics. The new subspecialty is co-sponsored by the American Board of Preventive Medicine and the American Board of Pathology, and certification in the subspecialty will be available to diplomates of all ABMS member boards. 

The preventive medicine and pathology boards have begun the process of creating a certification examination in clinical informatics, but the precise timing of the first offering of that exam has not yet been determined. However, the goal is to have the inaugural board exam available in fall 2012, with the first certificates awarded early in 2013.

According to a Sept. 22 press release from the American Medical Informatics Association, "The role of the clinical informatician is to use his/her knowledge of patient care in combination with an understanding of informatics concepts, methods, and tools to

  • assess information and knowledge-based needs of health care professionals and patients;
  • characterize, evaluate, and refine clinical processes;
  • develop, implement, and refine clinical decision support systems; and
  • lead or participate in the procurement, customization, development, implementation, management, evaluation, and continuous improvement of clinical information systems, such as electronic health records and order-entry systems."


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