The UCSF Clinical Informatics Fellowship (CIF) is a two year program for physicians who have successfully completed any ACGME/ABMS residency and who wish to develop and advance a professional and primary interest in informatics. The UCSF CIF seeks to train physicians who will go on to become leaders in their specialty as well as in the specialty of informatics, advancing their own work while also becoming invaluable resources and collaborators for their peers.

Formal education or significant experience in computer science is helpful but not required. Fellows will either arrive or leave with the necessary CS expertise. 
 
The purpose of the CIF is to create health informatics leaders. The fellowship will include the experience and training necessary to become a productive academic contributor, a healthcare enterprise Chief Health or Medical Information Officer (CHIO/CMIO), or a successful informatician in the world of industry. Upon completion of the CIF, graduates will take the Clinical Informatics exam administered by the American Board of Preventive Medicine and become board certified in Clinical Informatics.

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Curriculum

CI Fellows will be expected to participate in their area of clinical residency training an average of 20% of their time over the course of the fellowship while contributing to the informatics dimension of their specialty. The first year of the CIF will be devoted to didactic courses, interdisciplinary team experiences, and an opportunity to practice and see different healthcare informatics environments in all three of our related academic enterprises: UCSF, Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital, and the San Francisco VA Hospital and Clinics. The second year will focus on two to three substantial projects, preferably related to the fellow's area of clinical expertise. Fellows will choose one of the three institutions for the focus of their clinical experience and possibly but not necessarily the same institution for the majority of their informatics experience.