Program description

Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., offers a Clinical Informatics Fellowship to train physicians for specialization in clinical informatics. This 24-month program is designed to prepare physicians for leadership roles in the operation of clinical institutions, particularly the role of chief medical informatics officer.

The mission of the Clinical Informatics Fellowship is to train the world's most skilled and most respected clinical informatics experts by:

  • Conducting a competitive interview and screening process that results in high-quality fellowship candidates
  • Providing a robust educational atmosphere that exceeds fellows' expectations and regulatory guidelines
  • Modeling the best in academic and clinical practice for lifelong learning and quality improvement

This fellowship builds on the leading role Mayo Clinic has played in the field of clinical information management since Dr. Henry S. Plummer invented the modern medical record and retrieval system in Rochester, Minn. Since then, Mayo Clinic has continued to invest in information management. It has one of the largest self-contained information technology support systems of any health care enterprise in the world.

Mayo Clinic is one of a small number (1.2 percent) of hospitals in the U.S. with a comprehensive electronic medical record (EMR) at the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society stage seven, and one of the very few organizations with an extensive history of EMR use.

The fellowship draws upon the 30-plus years of experience accumulated in clinical informatics at Mayo Clinic through the development of robust warehouse systems, a homegrown comprehensive EMR, mobile applications, ambulatory monitoring and the Rochester Epidemiology Project.

In addition, a newly established Mayo Clinic EMR application platform, the Ambient Warning and Response Evaluation (AWARE) interface, has received national attention through the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation. The organization has given a large grant for the development and dissemination of AWARE with a goal of providing improved patient outcomes at reduced cost.

With unprecedented access to clinical information and resources at Mayo Clinic, fellows will have every opportunity to succeed in being a leader in the emerging field of clinical informatics.


Clinical informatics is a new clinical subspecialty recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties in 2011. The Clinical Informatics Fellowship will seek accreditation through the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education when it becomes available.


When you successfully complete the Clinical Informatics Fellowship, you will be eligible to take the clinical informatics board certification examination offered by the American Board of Preventive Medicine.

Program history

The Clinical Informatics Fellowship starts in 2014 and will accept one fellow annually.

June 20, 2013