Training Program in Medical Informatics
The Columbia University Center for Medical Informatics invites
applications for fellowships in medical informatics starting in July, 1994.
The goal of the program is to train medical informatics scientists for
careers as productive researchers and teachers. The fellowship is funded
by the National Library of Medicine, an agency of the National Institutes
of Health, and is open to U.S. citizens or permanent residents with an M.D.
or Ph.D. degree. The Center is located at the Columbia-Presbyterian
Medical Center in New York City. Columbia University is an equal
opportunity employer and takes affirmative action. Women and minorities
are especially encouraged to apply.
The Center for Medical Informatics has fourteen faculty members with
diverse backgrounds and an active research program. Areas of special
interest include clinical information system development, clinical decision
support, computer-based learning, database design, natural language
processing, medical vocabularies, medical knowledge representation,
information retrieval strategies, physician data entry, genome mapping,
molecular modeling, and high performance computing and communication. The
Center has close ties and joint appointments with the Departments of
Computer Science, Biochemistry, Medicine, Radiology, and Pathology and the
Schools of Dentistry, Nursing and Epidemiology. Opportunities also exist
in the areas of computer applications in medical librarianship and computer
aided learning. A particular strength of the Center is the ability to
provide research opportunities in the context of working production
systems. We are seeking applicants who want a "hands on" experience while
carrying out innovative research and mastering a strong curriculum.
Notable features of our environment include the Integrated Academic
Information Management System (IAIMS) Phase III implementation funded by
the National Library of Medicine, the full partnership of the Columbia
University Health Sciences Library in IAIMS and in the Center for Medical
Informatics, and close collaborative relationships with basic and clinical
The training program includes a stipend and tuition support for course
work in medical informatics, computer science, evaluation study design, and
biostatistics. Educational programs will be individualized to address the
needs and directions of each fellow. In addition, each fellow will be
expected to develop, conduct, and report on an original research project.
Opportunities exist for a masters and PhD degrees in Medical Informatics.
Support for each fellow will be for three years in most cases. Stipends
are available and are in keeping with NIH post-doctoral guidelines.
Fellows who wish to maintain their clinical skills will be given
opportunities to do so.
Applicants should send a letter of not more than two pages describing
their background, relevant experience, and motivation; transcripts from
medical or graduate school and from college; and a curriculum vita.
Letters of reference from three referees should be sent under separate
Application materials should be sent to James J. Cimino, M.D., Atchley
Pavilion 1310, 161 Fort Washington Avenue, New York, NY 10032. Additional
information may be obtained by calling Dr. Cimino at 212- 305-8127 or by e-
mail to ciminoj at cucis.cis.columbia.edu.