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AMIA Board white paper: definition of biomedical informatics and specification of core competencies for graduate education in the discipline

Casimir A Kulikowski, Edward H Shortliffe, Leanne M Currie, Peter L Elkin, Lawrence E Hunter, Todd R Johnson, Ira J Kalet, Leslie A Lenert, Mark A Musen, Judy G Ozbolt, Jack W Smith, Peter Z Tarczy-Hornoch and Jeffrey J Williamson

in Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association

Published on behalf of American Medical Informatics Association

Volume 19, issue 6, pages 931-938
Published in print November 2012 | ISSN: 1067-5027
Published online November 2012 | e-ISSN: 1527-974X | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1136/amiajnl-2012-001053
AMIA Board white paper: definition of biomedical informatics and specification of core competencies for graduate education in the discipline

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The AMIA biomedical informatics (BMI) core competencies have been designed to support and guide graduate education in BMI, the core scientific discipline underlying the breadth of the field's research, practice, and education. The core definition of BMI adopted by AMIA specifies that BMI is ‘the interdisciplinary field that studies and pursues the effective uses of biomedical data, information, and knowledge for scientific inquiry, problem solving and decision making, motivated by efforts to improve human health.’ Application areas range from bioinformatics to clinical and public health informatics and span the spectrum from the molecular to population levels of health and biomedicine. The shared core informatics competencies of BMI draw on the practical experience of many specific informatics sub-disciplines. The AMIA BMI analysis highlights the central shared set of competencies that should guide curriculum design and that graduate students should be expected to master.

Keywords: President and CEO; preparedness; wireless; preferences; population health; primary care; collaborative technologies; knowledge representations; knowledge acquisition and knowledge management; controlled terminologies and vocabularies; ontologies; AMIA

Journal Article.  5478 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Medical Statistics and Methodology ; Bioinformatics and Computational Biology ; Biomathematics and Statistics

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