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Biomedical Informatics (BMI): CI Fellowship

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UNM Clinical Informatics Fellowship

Program Overview

The University of New Mexico (UNM) Health Sciences Center (HSC) offers an applied training fellowship in Clinical Informatics. The fellowship was developed by faculty in the Department of Internal Medicine, Translational Informatics Division.

This two-year program is designed to train physicians for specialization in clinical informatics and is ACGME accredited. The comprehensive curriculum prepares fellows for a leadership role in the operation of clinical institutions and teaches best methods to deploy and maintain health information technology, to include electronic health records and quality improvement. Although publications and other scholarly activity are encouraged and supported, this fellowship does not train its students in research skills as the HSLIC Biomedical Informatics Fellowship does.

After successful completion, fellows are eligible to take the examination for certification in the subspecialty of Clinical Informatics


The fellowship provides an array of experience in applied clinical informatics, such as:

  • Principles of clinical decision support
  • Fundamentals in database design and terminology application
  • Leadership skills for managing patient health and safety
  • Process improvement within the information system infrastructure
  • Best practices in assessment of HER usability and risk analysis


Summary of Responsibilities

  • Three mentored projects

  • Completion of an online informatics certificate program from Oregon Health and Sciences University

  • Participation in local (UNM-based) clinical informatics lecture series

  • Successful attainment of all the competencies in the UNM HSC Clinical Informatics curriculum.


Institutional Information

Located in Albuquerque, New Mexico, the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center serves the School of Medicine, undergraduate and graduate programs in the Colleges of Nursing and Pharmacy, seven allied health programs, a graduate school of biomedical sciences, a Master’s in Public Health Program, a Master’s in Clinical Research Program and a university teaching hospital. The University has a state-of-the-art medical simulation center, a Center for Telehealth and a University Hospital system that is a tertiary referral center with a Level 1 trauma center to serve the state of New Mexico. The UNM University Hospitals System uses an electronic health records system with computerized physician order entry. Multiple clinical and epidemiological databases are available for research and there are many opportunities for biomedical informatics research in a wide spectrum of clinical and research venues. As a part of the Health Sciences Center community, fellows have access to a host of University resources. This includes the Health Sciences Library, possessing an expansive online and campus-based library system and is the only federally designated resource library to serve New Mexico’s health information needs.



Salary and fellowship expenses are covered similar to other clinical fellowships (e.g., cardiology, endocrinology, etc.) and is based on your program year (e.g., PGY-4, PGY-5, etc.)


For More Information

Contact Philip J. Kroth, MD, MSc
Director, Biomedical Informatics Research, Training & Scholarship

University of New Mexico
Health Sciences Library & Informatics Center
MSC09 5100

Required Qualifications

  • The fellowship is open to physicians who will have completed a residency prior to starting the fellowship

  • Applicants must be board eligible or board certified in any of the clinical medical specialties

  • A two-year, full-time commitment

  • Applicants must be eligible to work in the U.S.


Of Note

  • Even though the fellowship is administered at UNM through the Department of Internal Medicine, applicants do not need to be an internist to be eligible

  • No background in computer science or engineering is required either

Application Cycles

We review applications on a rolling basis. Qualified applicants who reach the interview stage will be asked to travel to Albuquerque (at their expense) for a face-to-face interview. For the upcoming 2020-2022 fellowship, we plan to complete all interviews by the end of November 2019. Therefore, all applications need to be submitted by September 2019 to allow ample time to schedule and conduct interviews. 


Apply Now

Applications for the 2020-2022 UNM HSC Clinical Informatics Fellowship must be submitted through the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS)There, you can create an account, search for program information, pay the application fee and complete your electronic application. Then, you can then specify which of the currently accredited programs you wish to apply to. Our fellowship can be found on the ERAS under Participating Specialties & Programs, Clinical Informatics (Internal Medicine). Paper applications will not be accepted. We look forward to your application and welcome your interest! 


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The University of New Mexico is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and Educator.

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Current Fellow

Robby Atala, MD
2018-2020 Clinical Informatics Fellow
Resident Physican V




Past Fellow

Vipul Bodar, MD
2016-2018 Clinical Informatics Fellow
Current Position: Clinical Informatics Specialist, Raymond G. Murphy VA Medical Center


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