We conducted a national study to assess the numbers and diversity of applicants for 2016 and 2017 clinical informatics fellowship positions. In each year, we collected data on the number of applications that programs received from candidates who were ultimately successful vs. unsuccessful. In 2017, we also conducted an anonymous applicant survey. Successful candidates applied to an average of 4.2 and 5.5 programs for 2016 and 2017, respectively. In the survey, unsuccessful candidates reported applying to fewer programs. Assuming unsuccessful candidates submitted between 2-5 applications each, the total applicant pool numbered 42-69 for 2016 (competing for 24 positions) and 52-85 for 2017 (competing for 30 positions). Among survey respondents (n=33), 24% were female, one was black and none were Hispanic. We conclude that greater efforts are needed to enhance interest in clinical informatics among medical students and residents, particularly among women and members of under-represented minority groups.

Learning Objective 1: Recognize that the number of clinical informatics fellowship positions grew by 25% nationally from 2016 to 2017 and that the number of applicants grew by about the same magnitude but that women and members of underrepresented minority groups were substantially underrepresented within the national pool of applicants.

Learning Objective 2: Recognize that candidates who succeeded in obtaining a clinical informatics fellowship position were much more likely to be entering fellowship immediately following their residency training than were candidates who failed to obtain a position.


Douglas Bell (Presenter)
David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA

Kevin Baldwin, UCLA Health
Christoph Lehmann, Vanderbilt University
Elijah Bell, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
Emily Webber, Indiana University
Vishnu Mohan, Oregon Health and Sciences University
Michael Leu, University of Washington
Jeffrey Hoffman, Nationwide Children's Hospital
David Kaelber, Cleveland Metro General Hospital
Adam Landman, Brigham and Women's Hospital
Howard Silverman, University of Arizona--Phoenix
Jonathan Hron, Boston Children's Hospital
Bruce Levy, Geisinger Health System
Anthony Luberti, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
John Finnell, Indiana University
Charles Safran, Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital
Jonathan Palma, Stanford University
Peter Elkin, University of Buffalo
Bruce Forman, Columbia University
Eric Poon, Duke University
James Killeen, UCSD
david Avrin, UCSF
Michael Pfeffer, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA

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