Manuscript Type: Panel
Training the Informatics Research Workforce, Part 2: Fostering Interdisciplinarity For more than 40 years, universities have offered training in biomedical informatics. From the four programs funded by the National Library of Medicine in 1972 that trained physicians to use computers to solve information management problems, informatics training has become broader and more diversified, ranging from certificate programs to post-doctoral fellowships. In an era when every health-related field depends upon computers for capture, storage, organization, management, analysis and dissemination of health data, information and knowledge, the need for more trained informaticians is indisputable. In this two-session panel, nine program directors of NLM-funded informatics training programs will cover basic concepts ,tools and techniques of graduate training in biomedical informatics, and look to future workforce needs in the field. In Part 1, Program Fundamentals, five presenters will cover core curriculum, content development; trainee recruitment to enhance diversity, career outcomes, and training for future workforce needs. In Part 2, Fostering Interdisciplinarity, five presenters will cover approaches for interdisciplinary programming: defining tracks across domain or departmental boundaries, mentoring and tracking trainee accomplishments, building a sense of community and models for online teaching.
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