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Clinical Informatics Fellowship

The UC Irvine School of Medicine offers a two-year fellowship program, hosted by the Department of Emergency Medicine, which prepares the applicant for certification in the subspecialty of Clinical Informatics. By design, this fellowship is multidisciplinary with collaboration by faculty in Internal Medicine, Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Science, Institute for Clinical and Translational Science (ICTS), CHOC, and Information Services.

The UC Irvine School of Medicine, UC Irvine Medical Center, and Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences at UC Irvine are seeking outstanding applicants for a two-year fellowship in Clinical Informatics (CI) at the University of California, Irvine beginning 2018. The program is only open to graduates of residency programs (that is, physicians who are board-certified or board-eligible) to apply to our fellowship.

What is Clinical Informatics?

"The subspecialty of all medical specialties that transforms health care by analyzing, designing, implementing, and evaluating information and communication systems to improve patient care, enhance access to care, advance individual and population health outcomes, and strengthen the clinician-patient relationship." - As defined by ACGME

Educational Experience

The fellowship goal is to create leaders in the field of Clinical Informatics with a strong background in the fundamentals of information technology, change management and Process Improvement. Through the acquisition of this skillset, the fellow will obtain the requisite tools to assess workflow needs, recommend process and technical solutions for a given challenge, and implement information-technology tools to facilitate the proposed solution.

During the fellowship, the fellow will develop and implement technologically based, workflow solutions, which capitalize on the core-competency of Clinical Informatics. Upon successful completion of the two-year program, fellows will be eligible for board certification in clinical informatics. The program’s education experiences will consist of rotations, didactic sessions, and an independent longitudinal research project, and practice in the fellow’s primary clinical specialty.


Fellows will be mentored by faculty with a diverse-range of practice styles, backgrounds and skills. Faculty interests include healthcare and informatics operations; clinical decision support and the learning healthcare system; digitizing medical education; healthcare entrepreneurship; and predictive medicine. As UCI Medical Center and CHOC are academic medical centers, fellows will also have the opportunity to teach and work with residents, medical students, and undergraduates.


We believe that effective leadership comes from understanding, experiencing, and managing all aspects of the healthcare mission. Therefore, fellows are engaged at every level of the organization—from the front lines of clinical care and basic research to the upper echelons of management and administration.

Fellows will have dedicated monthly rotations which focus on key components/competencies of clinical informatics. As part of these rotations, the fellows will apply their developing informatics skillset on active informatics projects. Program faculty in the UC Irvine School of Medicine, UC Irvine Bren School, and Children’s Hospital of Orange County (CHOC) will provide direct feedback during fellows’ rotations. Moreover, UC Irvine and CHOC will offer fellows several health care systems with differing patient populations and electronic medical record systems to work with.

This fellowship is designed to allow for a highly flexible rotation structure, customized to each fellow's career objectives. Sample Block Diagram.


All fellows will be required to participate in didactic sessions that will be delivered by expert faculty and cover core curriculum, journal club, and case studies. Additionally, fellows will be expected to, among other education activities, attend clinical and research conferences. Coursework in clinical informatics will be available through UC Irvine’s Donald Bren Computer Informatics Department and AMIA’s 10x10 course.

Longitudinal Research Project

All fellows are required to conduct a longitudinal research project – chosen by the fellow and with a physician faculty member acting as mentor – during the second year of their fellowship. They will select a research question to address based upon their own career objectives and any challenges discovered during their first year rotations.

Resources to support fellow projects will be available from the Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences (boasting advanced educational facilities with smart classrooms, a multitude of learning studios, simulation labs, and group study/conference rooms) and UC Irvine’s onsite and online libraries up to and including Ayala Science Library, one of the largest consolidated science, technology, and medicine libraries in the nation, containing the collections and services that support research and teaching in the schools of Information and Computer Science and Medicine, among others; and the Grunigen Medical Library, including UpToDate, JAMAevidence, and other core resources.

Clinical Time

Fellows will have clinical time to practice their primary specialty.

The Legacy

The fellowship is a joint venture between UC Irvine Medical Center, the UCI Department of Informatics, and Children’s Hospital of Orange County. Prior graduates have since become chief medical information officers, fellowship directors, and private consultants.

Successful applicants are ambitious, hard-working, collaborative learners who are committed to the vision that informatics, applied appropriately, has the power to optimize healthcare operations, decrease the astronomical costs of healthcare, and most importantly, improve the health and lives of the patients we serve.


The UC Irvine Clinical Informatics Fellowship received accreditation from the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) in early 2017.

Faculty & Staff

Scott E. Rudkin, MD, MBA, RDMS, FAAEM, FACEP
Chief Medical Information Officer
Health Affairs Information Services
Clinical Professor of Emergency Medicine, School of Medicine

Melissa Pham
Clinical Informatics / International Fellowship Coordinator
Department of Emergency Medicine

Jessica Holland
Fellowship Coordinator
Department of Emergency Medicine

Fellow Requirements

  • Applicants must have graduated from an appropriately licensed medical school located in the United States or Canada, or from a school located elsewhere that is approved by ABPM
  • Applicants must successfully complete a residency in an ABMS-participating specialty by June 2018, and must be either board-certified or board-eligible at the time of application
  • Applicants should be eligible for a permanent California medical license
  • Applicants do not need to have formal training in Computer Science or a related discipline


We are a part of the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) and the National Residency Matching Program. We only consider applications submitted through ERAS. The deadline for the 2018 Fellowship application is November 15, 2017.

Questions or Comments

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