If you’ve ever thought: “There’s got to be a better way to do this,” you’re a great candidate for an Imaging Informatics fellowship. Imaging informatics is the science of the acquisition, storage, retrieval and dissemination of medical imaging information. It answers technical questions like: “Can I use an iPad for diagnostic interpretation?” and workflow related questions like: “How can I use IT tools to help me more effectively communicate with referring clinicians?”
An imaging informatics fellowship is an exciting way to bring together clinical and technical interests. A wide variety of topics fall under imaging informatics, which include information technology, operations, communications, quality improvement, procurement, clinical engineering, regulation, and business management.
Matching into a clinical fellowship is a prerequisite for the informatics option. Applicants should follow the regular application process for a clinical fellowship and include their interest in informatics in their personal statement. Fellows who are accepted divide their time with four days per week as part of a clinical fellowship in diagnostic radiology and one day for informatics. Again, it is important to recognize that matching into a clinical fellowship is a prerequisite for the informatics option.
Informatics fellows interact with department leaders, IT professionals, and software developers to learn both theoretical and hands-on approaches for bringing innovative ideas from the lab to the clinical environment. Fellows will be expected to choose a research project under the guidance of the program mentors and department staff, which will lead to conference presentations and/or peer-reviewed manuscript publications.