MD Program, 4th Year Elective


This elective course for fourth year medical students each Spring provides students with an opportunity to explore the integration of medicine and informatics in an experiential manner by working on an ongoing or self-initiated health IT project. 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. Topics for lectures and discussion each week are determined each year based on the students’ interests and importance and may include:

  • What is Informatics
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Blockchain in Healthcare
  • Clinical Decision Support
  • Databases
  • Data Mining
  • Data Standards and Interoperability
  • EHRs
  • Genomics and Precision Medicine
  • Mobile Health
  • Natural Language Processing
  • Neural Networks, Machine Learning
  • Population Health
  • Standards and Interoperability
  • Telemedicine/Telehealth
  • Usability

Learning objectives.

At the end of the program, students will be able to:

  1. Explain what biomedical informatics is.
  2. Describe the difference among the five major areas of biomedical informatics.
  3. Define concepts and basic terminology used in biomedical informatics.
  4. Identify appropriate resources to include and potential approaches for various informatics projects.

Student projects, 2019:

Benjamin Andrew & Sitarthan Sekar — Systematic Assessment of Electronic Health Record Interventions on Clinician Performance

Michael Bergen — Evidence-Based Digital Health

Jeff Kwock — Telemedicine & Teledermatology at Duke: Cost-Effectiveness and Utilization

Anthony Lin — Exploring the Predictive Signal in Clinical Psychiatric Notes