The American Board of Preventive Medicine remains on schedule to administer a first-ever examination for physician board certification in clinical informatics in fall 2012 while the American Medical Informatics Association is pursuing a parallel informatics certification program for nonphysicians, according to outgoing AMIA President and CEO Dr. Edward Shortliffe.
ABPM, AMIA advance informatics certification
Shortliffe's update on the certification programs appears in the current issue of JAMIA, the association's journal.
The certification process will be overseen by the ABPM, but the American Board of Pathology has asked to be a co-sponsor "and two other boards have also expressed an interest in doing so" as well, Shortliffe said.
Meanwhile, the AMIA "is already well along in designing board review courses that we will offer for those who are preparing to take the certifying examination," he said.
In September, Shortliffe announced that a process for board certification—a project the AMIA has pursued for many years—was finally in place. Earlier this month, Shortliffe announced he would step down from his position at the AMIA and would reduce his time commitment to the organization by January 2012.
"We have also recognized that many superb clinical informaticians will be ineligible for the subspecialty certification being offered by the ABMS/ABPM process," Shortliffe said in the JAMIA article. "In particular, the certifying examination will be unavailable to nonphysicians or to physicians who lack specialty certification through one of the ABMS boards. Nurses, pharmacists and PhDs who are working full time in clinical informatics environments clearly need a similar kind of certifying opportunity, and AMIA is committed to developing such options for all our members who wish to pursue clinical informatics certification."
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