The program consists of didactic lectures, small group discussions and hands-on lab sessions designed to provide critical training in the field of imaging informatics. Completion of at least one project with presentation of results at a national meeting and publication in a journal is a requirement of the fellowship. Informatics fellows are also encouraged to seek formal certification as Certified Imaging Informatics Professionals (CIIPs) by way of the American Board of Imaging Informatics (ABII) examination.
Topics include: database design and management; hardware, software and communications standards in imaging; basic scripting and application design; social media; and systems interoperability. In addition, participants critically evaluate and address the current challenges in imaging informatics and explore applications of imaging informatics techniques to issues of quality and safety. Academic time is given for participation in the weekly program and development and completion of informatics projects; support and mentorship are provided for publication and presentation of informatics-related work. In 2013-2014, we had five fourth-year residents and three fellows in the program. This group presented nine abstracts at national meetings and are in the process of publishing eight papers. One fellow also earned CIIP status. In 2014-2015, three fellows and one fourth-year resident are participating, and have submitted multiple abstracts to national meetings.