Duke Clinical Informatics Fellowship

The Duke Clinical Informatics Fellowship (CIF) is a two-year program designed to train U.S. board certified physicians seeking expertise in clinical informatics and leadership. Students must have completed training in a primary specialty before enrolling in CIF.

For physicians, the CIF program will meet the educational criteria necessary for Board Certification in Clinical Informatics through the American Board of Preventive Medicine.

The blend of business and clinical informatics emphasized in the program uniquely prepares physicians looking to acquire the skills and experience to serve in clinical and/or administrative leadership roles such as Chief Medical Information Officer, Chief Health Information Officer, or Chief Information Officer.

For more details on the fellowship, visit dukeinformatics.org/education/clinical-informatics-fellowship.

Goals of the Informatics Fellowship

The primary goal of the CIF is to create future leaders in the field of clinical

informatics. We aim to leverage Duke’s world-renowned faculty, cutting-edge informatics research, and significant investments in health information technology to create an academically rigorous and rich educational environment. Fellows will learn about state-of-the-art evidence-based informatics and apply those skills to solve challenging clinical problems in a patient- and population-centric way.

Fellows will learn through:

  • Enrollment in the Duke MMCi program in the first year of the fellowship
  • Practical experience through rotations, mentored research and longitudinal fellowship experiences in the second year of the fellowship

By the end of the fellowship, fellows will be able to design, implement and optimize clinical information technology to transform health care and improve patient care, enhance access to care, advance individual and population health outcomes, and strengthen clinician- patient relationships.

Length of the Informatics Fellowship

The CIF is a two-year program aligned with the Duke academic calendar for graduate programs.

The program begins July 1st and ends June 30th. Fellows in the program will enroll in the Duke MMCi program in Year One of the fellowship and are expected to earn the MMCi degree by August of Year Two.

Application Process

  • The Duke Clinical Informatics Fellowship will accept applications for entry starting July 1st, 2020, from July 15th to October 15th, 2019 through the AAMC ERAS website.
  • On-site interviews will be offered to select candidates in Durham, NC during select dates in September to November of 2019.
  • The Duke Clinical Informatics program will participate in the joint matching process organized by the ACGME-accredited Clinical Informatics Programs in mid-December 2019. Details of the match will be provided to candidates during the on-site interviews.
  • Successful applicants to the Duke Clinical Informatics Fellowship program will be automatically accepted into the Duke MMCi program.

Program Director and Faculty

Eric Poon, M.D., M.P.H. is the CIF Program Director. Teaching faculty are drawn from Duke faculty affiliated with the Duke Center for

Health Informatics, Duke Health Technology Solutions, Duke’s Department of

Biostatistics and Bioinformatics, and Duke’s Fuqua School of Business.

Maintaining Clinical Skills

Clinical Fellows are expected to be clinically active in their own clinical specialty for up to 20 percent of their Fellowship period.


Fellows will receive a stipend commensurate with their years of post-graduate training, and benefits as a Duke University Health System Trainee.


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