Clinical Informatics Fellowship

Duke Clinical Informatics Fellowship

This program is designed for training U.S. Board Certified physicians. It is an intensive two-year program designed for physicians who are seeking in-depth expertise in clinical informatics and leadership experience. Prior to enrolling into the Clinical Informatics Fellowship (CIF) program, students will have completed training in a primary specialty and will be board-eligible or certified.

The CIF program will meet the educational criteria required for physicians necessary for Board Certification in Clinical Informatics through the American Board of Preventive Medicine.

Educational Goals

The primary goal of the CIF is to produce outstanding clinical informaticians who will become future leaders in their institutions and in the field of clinical informatics. An academically rigorous and rich educational environment is founded on Duke’s world renowned faculty, cutting edge informatics research, and significant investments in health information technology. Fellows will acquire knowledge about the state of the art evidence-based informatics and apply skills to solve challenging clinical problems in a patient and population centric way.

Fellows will develop fundamental skills in clinical and health information technology through the Duke Masters of Management Clinical Informatics Program (MMCi) and other didactic activities. Fellows will develop in their practical experience through rotations, mentored research practica, and longitudinal fellowship experiences. Upon completion of their fellowships, fellows should be confident in designing, implementing and optimizing clinical information technology to transform health care and improve patient care, enhance access to care, advance optimum individual and population health outcomes, and strengthen the clinician-patient relationship.

The CIF program is designed to foster compassion, empathy, and integrity in our fellows, which are qualities essential for our next generation of clinical leaders. The fellows will be prepared to lead in any organization they serve with a CIF’s heavy emphasis on change management, leadership skills, business management, business strategy development, communication, and innovation.

How long is the Program?

The CIF program is a two-year program aligned with the Duke academic calendar for graduate programs.

The program commences on July 1 and ends on June 30th. Fellows in the program are enrolled in the 12-month Duke Masters in Management Clinical Informatics program in Year One of the fellowship and are expected to earn the MMCi degree by August of Year Two.


What will be taught in the MMCi program?

The MMCi program is the only multidisciplinary program of its kind in the U.S. and leverages Duke University’s world-renowned track record in medicine, business, and health informatics. As a result, MMCi students have access to the finest thought leaders, experiential learning, and resources across health care, IT, and business. The curriculum is described in detail at For questions about the MMCi program, contact Randy Sears, MMCi Operations Director (

How are fellows exposed to the “real world” of clinical informatics?

Over the course of the fellowship, fellows are engaged in rotations that embed them within a variety of teams at Duke so that they can apply informatics skills learned in the didactic portion to real life challenges in the complex environment of a large academic health care delivery system. Fellows also participate in longitudinal informatics experiences and are expected to own ‘soup-to-nuts’ the design, implementation, and evaluation of a health information technology intervention. They are also expected to disseminate the outcome of their projects through academic conferences and journals.

Who is responsible for the Program?

Eric Poon, MD, MPH ( is the Program Director of the CIF program. Teaching faculty are drawn from Duke Faculty affiliated with Duke Center for Health Informatics, Duke Health Technology Solutions, and the Department of Biostatistics and Bioinformatics, and Fuqua School of Business.

Maintaining Clinical Skills?

Clinical Fellows are expected to be up to 20% clinically active in their own clinical specialty during their Fellowship.


Fellows receive a stipend as a Duke University Health Systems Trainee commensurate with years of post-graduate training and benefits.

Application Process

Applicants to the CIF program complete the MMCi program application found on the MMCi program website.

  • There is no application fee
  • GRE/GMAT requirement is waived. Enter “333” in application as test scores as the application requires an entry.
  • Additions to the MMCi application for CIF applicants are:
    • A third letter of reference from current/most recent Residency Training Program Director or Designee. A Third reference can be added through the online application.
    • List of publications, abstracts and conference presentations are required. Upload this document using the additional documentation upload function along with a Transcript upload.
    • Any transcript subsequent to Medical School is required. The Medical School transcript will be part of the standard MMCi application. A copy is required for the application. An Official Transcript will be required for an Admitted student who chooses to attend the Fellowship.
    • Essay Question variations:
      • Question 1 in the MMCi Application—As stated in the application
      • Question 2 Change to “How the Duke CIF and MMCi program fit with your career plans.
      • Question 3 Change to “Describe a project that you might want to pursue during the Clinical Informatics Fellowship program to leverage information technology to impact the quality or cost of health care


Please direct MMCi Program and application questions to Randy Sears, MMCi Operations Director (

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