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Health Informatics Research Training at Oregon Health Sciences
University
 
The Biomedical Information Communication Center (BICC) at
Oregon Health Sciences University (OHSU) is seeking qualified
applicants for its National Library of Medicine-sponsored
postdoctoral research training program in health informatics.  With
six appointed and seven adjunct faculty, the BICC is one of the
country's leading institutions in health informatics research.  Its
health informatics training program is designed to prepare
individuals for many types of careers in the application of
information technology in health care.
 
Facilities
 
Nestled in the west hills of Portland, OHSU is just an hour away
from the Cascade mountains and the Pacific Ocean.  The training
program is housed in the state-of-the-art 74,000 sq. ft. BICC
Building, which contains offices, classrooms, the library, and other
information technology resources.  Advanced personal computers
and workstations are available for all fellows.  Virtually all
computers on campus are connected to Ethernet or Token-Ring
networks, each with access to the Internet.  OHSU also offers its
own on-line information service (ORHION) and has personal
computers throughout the clinics and hospitals, affording many
unique opportunities for training and research.
 
Prerequisites
 
Qualifications for applicants include an M.D. (residency training
preferred) or a Ph.D. in either biological science or an area relevant
to informatics.
 
Support
 
Financial support in the form of NLM-funded fellowships is
available for U.S. citizens or permanent residents only.
 
Curriculum
 
The primary focus of the program is to provide a structured
research experience in one or two of the areas listed below (under
Faculty Interests), along with course work in informatics.  Fellows
will survey the field broadly during their two to three year
fellowship and will be expected to complete research projects.
Upon completion of their training, they should be able to describe
their results clearly in both oral and written form.  The overall
goals are to prepare trainees to (a) direct their own health
informatics research efforts at medical centers that actively
embrace the
Integrated Advanced Information Management Systems (IAIMS)
agenda, or (b) take leadership positions in the growing number of
hospital and/or commercial efforts in health informatics.
 
There are many opportunities for classroom learning in the
program.  The BICC faculty itself teaches several courses,
including an introductory informatics course as well as those on
advanced topics, such as information retrieval and medical
decision making.  Most fellows have availed themselves to a
seminar series for fellows in the Division of General Internal
Medicine and/or formal courses available in statistics, computer
science, and decision science at nearby Portland State University.
There is a degree option for a Master of Public Health with a
specialization in health informatics.  The BICC also provides a bi-
weekly seminar, with a combination of inside and outside speakers.
 
Faculty Interests
 
BICC faculty work on a variety of their own as well as institutional
projects.  These include:
-  Clinical information systems and computer-based patient
records.  OHSU is currently implementing a large electronic
medical record effort running on networked personal computers
with a graphical user interface.
-  Information retrieval.  The BICC runs its own on-line
information service for Oregon clinicians (the ORHION system)
and also does ongoing research in the design and evaluation of
information retrieval systems.
-  Outcomes research.  Several OHSU faculty are interested in this
increasingly important area of medical research and collaborate
with experts at the BICC.
-  End-user computing in medicine.  Several BICC faculty teach as
well as do research on the role of end-user computing for clinical
users.
-  Telemedicine.  Outside the metropolitan Portland area, Oregon is
mostly a rural state.  Providing information and services is a major
goal of OHSU, and one project involves satellite link-up of video
conferences, image transfer, and teaching of courses.
-  Medical decision making and decision analysis.
-  Image analysis
 
Application
 
Applications are now being accepted for January 1, July 1, and
September 1, 1994 start dates.  Applications for the July and
September start dates should be received no later than February 1,
1994.
 
For more information, please contact:
 
Kent A. Spackman, M.D., Ph.D.
Chief Medical Information Officer
Associate Director of Health Informatics
BICC
Oregon Health Sciences University
3181 SW Sam Jackson Park Rd.
Portland, OR   97201-3098
Voice:  503-494-4502
Fax:  503-494-4551
Email:  [log in to unmask]
 
William Hersh, M.D.
Assistant Professor of Medicine and Medical Informatics
Oregon Health Sciences University
BICC
3181 SW Sam Jackson Park Rd.
Portland, OR   97201-3098
Voice:  503-494-4563
Fax:  503-494-4551
Email:  [log in to unmask]