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Master of Science in Applied Clinical Informatics (MSACI) Program at Vanderbilt University: Accepting Applications for Fall 2017

The MSACI provides a 36 credit hour curriculum in 21 months, with a coursework-intensive first year followed by a second year devoted to a capstone project. The curriculum emphasizes a deep theoretical and practical understanding of the care process, informatics concepts, information technologies, computer science, and the changing social, organizational, and economic context in which health care is delivered. This understanding will be developed through coursework, more than 240 hours of practicum experience that uses real HIT data and systems and health care contexts, and a mentored capstone project. The degree program will provide physicians with didactic and experiential training in alignment with ACGME guidelines for CI fellowships.

The MSACI program is also designed for clinicians who desire rigorous, practical informatics training outside of the CI fellowship (e.g., board-certified and non-boarded physicians, nurses, pharmacists) and experienced professionals from other disciplines (e.g., information technology, public health, health care policy, business management, research informatics) who contribute and collaborate to promote safe, efficient, and effective health care.

The program is in a primarily digital format to accommodate distance learning for clinicians working in health systems outside of Vanderbilt. In-person time at Vanderbilt occurs in a block within each semester.

To be considered for admission, applicants must hold a bachelor’s, master’s, or doctoral degree. At least two years of relevant, post-undergraduate professional experience, education, or training is strongly preferred.  Applicants do not need to have formal training in computer science or a related discipline, but they need to demonstrate a strong interest and aptitude in clinical informatics.  Students without a computational background are encouraged to take at least one introductory-level course in computer science before entering the program.

For more information or to apply, please visit the program website:




Orlando welcomes the 2017 HIMSS Conference & Exhibition, February 19–23, 2017, at the Orange County Convention Center. More than 40,000 health and IT professionals are expected to attend to explore creative solutions to real-world challenges, discover the latest innovations, and connect with and learn from experts and each other.

We are especially excited to share that this year, AAP's President, Dr Fernando Stein, is a featured speaker at the conference. Attendees can join his presentation on "Patient-Centric Alarm Management for Improving Care Quality" on Wednesday, February 22 at 8:30 AM.

As a HIMSS17 Endorser, AAP members are eligible to receive a member discount to attend the conference. To receive the discount, go to online registration at, and select AAP from the “Conference Endorsing Organizations” drop-down in the registration process and enter ENDAAP17. For more information about HIMSS17 and to register, visit


It's Here : AAP's EHR Template Library!

Pediatricians use templates in their daily work to document the care they provide, including screening questions, physical exams, assessments, and plans. Every pediatric office/provider must decide which templates to build and implement in the EHR, which comes with significant work and effort. The AAP, under the leadership of the CHIC, recently launched an online collaborative space for pediatricians to share, review, and download templates developed by their peers. CLICK HERE for more details!


Currently, the EHR Template Library is available to COCIT members only, as a pilot project. If you'd like to be a part of this exciting initiative, consider joining the Council. We will continue to provide updates in this space as they are available. If you would like more information about this project, please contact us at


What's Going on with HIT at AAP?

The AAP is committed to the promotion and use of health information technology to improve workflow and pediatric care. Click here for an update on AAP's HIT initiatives.


Become Board Certified in Clinical Informatics

The American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) voted in September 2011 to elevate Clinical Informatics to a new subspecialty.  Those who meet the requirements can now become certified in Clinical Informatics by passing the exam prepared by the Subboard in Clinical Informatics, chaired by the AAP’s Child Health Informatics Center’s Medical Director, Christoph U. Lehmann, MD, FAAP. 

Through 2017, there are two pathways that allow candidates to sit for the exam (Three years of Clinical Informatics practice or completion of a 24 month fellowship). Beginning in 2018, all applicants for certification in Clinical Informatics will have to complete a minimum of 24 months in an ACGME-accredited Clinical Informatics fellowship program. To date seven accredited program exist, of which two are sponsored by pediatric departments. To view the admission requirements for certification in the subspecialty of Clinical Informatics, click here.

The first Clinical Informatics exam was offered in 2013 and of the 434 people who passed the exam, 17% were pediatricians!  Join the now over 700 Clinical Informatics Diplomates across the country who have taken and passed the exam.
The American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) offers education and training through meetings, online courses and materials to help Diplomates of the American Board of Pediatrics prepare for the examination. Visit for more details and to download a fact sheet that outlines key dates and resources. Applications to sit for the 2015 exam can be submitted beginning March 1, 2015.

The AAP Council on Clinical Information Technology (COCIT) is another great resource for those interested in informatics.  COCIT membership offers many benefits and opportunities to network, lead, and learn.  To learn more about the council, visit:, and to join, visit


Children’s EHR Format Moved to United States Health Information Knowledgebase

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality’s (AHRQ’S) Children’s Electronic Health Record (EHR) Format has moved to the United States Health Information Knowledgebase (USHIK).  The transition to USHIK helps align the Children’s EHR Format with related knowledgebase information associated with Meaningful Use, health IT standards, and related clinical quality measures.  The transition also offers a more user-friendly interface. 

The Children’s EHR Format is a set of child-specific requirements (and other requirements of special importance for children) that an EHR should meet to perform optimally for the particular health care needs of children. The Children’s EHR Format, developed by AHRQ and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), with input from the American Academy of Pediatrics, was released in February 2013.   

The Children’s EHR Format can be accessed at under the tab “Child EHR Format.” 

Additional information can be obtained at

Questions can be directed to


PROS, the practice-based research network of the AAP, invites interested practitioners to join our newly established ePROS project. 

About ePROS:

For more information about signing up to participate in this groundbreaking research, please contact the ePROS team at or via phone at 800/433-9016 ext 4978.


AAP Publications

The Council on Clinical Information Technology (COCIT) identifies article topics and authors for the following AAP News columns:

Health IT Trends
Health IT Trends is a regular column that appears in AAP News. If you are interested in submitting a topic for consideration, please view the author instructions.

Tech Tip
Tech Tip is a “sidebar” column that accompanies the Health IT Trends column in AAP News. If you are interested in submitting a topic for consideration, please view the author instructions.


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