Informatics Research Seminar: HOW TO: Board Certification in Clinical Informatics

 September 3 @ 4:00 – 5:00 pm


Speaker: Richard Medlin, MD, MSIS, Clinical Informatics Diplomate
Presented from: UNC-CH

Broadcast Link: Seminar


The American Board of Medical Specialties approved Clinical Informatics as a clinical subspecialty in 2011. The first board examination was offered in late 2013, and 445 physicians passed the exam. However, most physicians are unfamiliar with clinical informatics as a medical specialty, and even physicians who passed the exam frequently have a hard time describing, in a concise manner, what they bring to EHR implementations and medical care. This lecture will describe the roles of clinical informaticians in healthcare organizations, the gap between current medical education offerings and what is needed for an effective clinical informatics workforce, current educational offerings, and the certification process.


Richard Medlin, MD, MSIS is a faculty member in the Department of Emergency Medicine at University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. He works in both an operational clinical informatics role (as Lead Informatics Physician for the Epic@UNC project) and a research clinical informatics role, where he is engaged in research focused on providing better clinical reference material at the point of care. Dr. Medlin recently completed his training in Clinical Informatics at UNC, including a Clinical Informatics Fellowship in the Department of Emergency Medicine and a Masters of Information Science degree from the School of Information and Library Science. He became board certified in Clinical Informatics from the American Board of Preventive Medicine in December 2013.