Informatics Elective for Medical Students



The Duke Center for Health Informatics (DCHI) offers an Introduction to Medical Informatics (COMMFAM-448c) course designed for fourth-year Duke University medical students. Ed Hammond, PhD is the primary instructor for the course. Working on an ongoing or self-initiated medical IT project, the course provides students with an opportunity to explore the integration of medicine and information technologies in an experiential manner. Students will gain an understanding of the field of clinical informatics and the role it plays in the national effort to improve quality of care and eliminate medical errors. Additionally, students will be exposed to these topics:

  • Electronic medical systems (e.g. EMR, CPOE, eRx, PHR, CDS);
  • Role of health IT in patient safety;
  • Health information standardization (e.g. HL7); and
  • Medical Information Terminologies/Taxonomies (e.g. SNOMED).

The course is limited to 5 students per term and is offered in February only. Permission of the instructor is required. For more information about the course, contact the Duke Center for Health Informatics, Pegeen Ryan-Murray (email: