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Program Structure and Curriculum

Clinical Scholars in Informatics (CSI)

The Clinical Scholars in Informatics (CSI) pathway is a two year program designed for residents to further develop clinical skills in informatics and health information technologies with the support and guidance of a mentorship team.  Such skills can open up opportunities for research, improving health care quality and safety, and making EHR workflows more efficient.   Through a competitive application process, two PGY1 residents are selected for the pathway to begin their PGY2 and PGY3 years.  

For their training, CSI scholars will: 

  • Obtain EPIC Physician Builder certification with privileges to modify the Wake Forest Electronic Health Record in collaboration with Wake Forest Information Technology Services (ITS). This component entails travel to EPIC headquarters to complete training and building an enduring marketable skillset that can be valuable for future fellowship and faculty positions.
  • Receive commendation and certificate of completion during the yearly Internal Medicine Awards Day and ultimately have an opportunity to shape a future career in Informatics complementing a career among Internal Medicine specialties or sub-specialties. 
  • Receive a $2,500 stipend to be used for data extraction, statistical analysis, travel for presentations/conferences or informatics-related educational materials. This stipend is in addition to current residency travel funding.
  • Be granted two elective informatics blocks in the PGY2 year with additional elective time (1 to 2 months) that can be used for informatics in the PGY3 year.
  • Participate in informatics journal club
  • Be granted a loaner laptop to be used for their project.

CSI residents will:

  • Design and implement an informatics related-project (can be in general medicine or a subspecialty area) by the end of the PGY2 year.
  • Evaluate the impact of the project within the health system and submit to both the Wake Forest Quality Improvement Showcase and Internal Medicine Research Day in the PGY3 year. 
  • Draft and submit a completed manuscript of the project and evaluation of impact in a relevant journal. 


    2017-2019 Clinical Scholars in Informatics (CSI) Residents 


    Dr. Andrew Benefield
    Mentor Team: Dr. Ajay Dharod (Informatics) and Dr. Nancy Denizard-Thompson (Internal Medicine)
    Project Title: Improving Social Determinants of Health through the Delivery of Community Resources


     Dr. Sean Hernandez
    Mentor Team:
    Dr. Ajay Dharod (Informatics) and Dr. Heidi Klepin (Hematology and Oncology)
    Project Title: The Impact of An Automated Alert System to Primary Oncologists on Inpatient Goals-Of-Care Conversations and End-Of-Life Care

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