About the Program
The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center – Nationwide Children’s Hospital Clinical Informatics Fellowship is a ACGME-accredited, two-year program designed to train the next generation of clinical informaticists and healthcare informatics leaders. Our unique program combines robust educational and hands-on training experiences at both a world-renown academic medical center and one of the largest freestanding children's hospitals in the country. The goal of the program is to provide our graduates with the wide range of knowledge and skills needed to be successful practitioners in the field of clinical informatics as well as future leaders in health care organizations, academic medical centers, government and industry.
There is no single skill set we seek in our trainees since clinical informatics is a subject area and discipline that is integrated across all aspects of our healthcare system. All fellowship candidates must have completed an ACGME-accredited residency and be board-eligible or board-certified in a primary medical specialty.
Curriculum and Activities
A variety of robust, hands-on learning activities during the two-year program will expose the fellow to a wide range of topics, including:
- Clinical documentation
- Clinical orders management
- Clinical decision support
- Population health management
- Consumer health informatics and telehealth
- Quality improvement and patient safety
- Information privacy and security
- Revenue cycle and health finance
- Reporting and analytics
- Programming and database design
- Systems infrastructure and interoperability
- Change and project management
- User education and training
- User support and customer service
Courses and learning opportunities
- Introduction to Biomedical Informatics
- Introduction to Research Informatics
- Public Health Informatics
- Health Analytics
Fellows can opt to receive course credit leading to a certificate upon completion, or pursue additional coursework toward a master’s degree in biomedical informatics.
Fellows will also receive training and vendor certification in the use and configuration of our electronic health record system. The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center and Nationwide Children’s Hospital have both deployed the Epic EHR platform across their institutions, each with its own separate installation. This provides our fellows with the unique opportunity to compare and contrast how identical tools can be manipulated and utilized in different ways for a multitude of patient care, quality improvement and research activities.
Additional didactic programs round out the fellow’s experience during their two years, including:
- Journal clubs in clinical informatics, biomedical informatics and data science
- On-site, regional and national conferences
- Human subjects research and IRB training
- Grant writing workshops
- Introductions to SQL, biostatistics, programming, HL7 and website design
Applications are accepted between June and October through ERAS (Electronic Residency Application Service) and interviews are held between October and December. Clinical informatics fellowship programs do not currently participate in NRMP (National Resident Match Program). Instead, all programs participate in a coordinated match process that occurs in mid-December for the following academic year.
For questions, please contact:
Milisa Rizer, MD, MPH
Kathryn E. Nuss, MD
Courtney L. Hebert, MD
Aarti Chandawarkar, MD
Laura O'Brien Ha Rust, MD, MPH
Juan Chaparro, MD
Clinical informatics fellows
Cory Hussain, MBBS
Dr. Cory Hussain received his medical degree from Aga Khan University Medical School in Pakistan and went on to complete his residency in internal medicine at the University of Wisconsin program at Aurora Sinai Medical Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Dr. Hussain worked as a hospital physician for more than a decade before completing a fellowship in infectious diseases at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center and went on to join the Division of Infectious Diseases as an attending physician and assistant professor.
He subsequently decided to return to fellowship to pursue a career in clinical informatics with an desire to combine his infectious disease interests of clostridium difficile infection, probiotics, antibiotic stewardship and multidrug resistant bacterial infections with his love of information technology and information-driven solutions.
Dr. Nasser Aljehani
Dr. Nasser Aljehani received his medical degree from King Saud University College of Medicine in Saudi Arabia and completed his residency in family medicine at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center in Amarillo, Texas. In his final year of residency, Dr. Aljehani also served as a chief resident, working closely with the CMIO on projects related to patient safety, quality improvement and user training.
Prior to residency, Dr. Aljehani completed a post-doctoral fellowship in quality improvement and patient safety at the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. His goal in pursuing a career in clinical informatics is to leveraging clinical decision support and communication systems to help deliver quality patient care and minimize medical errors.