Should medical schools incorporate formal training in informatics?

Michael Chen, Nabile Safdar, Paul Nagy

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Are we preparing future generations of physicians with the skills to practice in the information age? Has the health care IT industry matured to the stage that we can standardize training physicians in how to search and synthesize massive databases of clinical information and tease out complex diagnoses based upon scant information? Will literacy in information technology become a differentiator between physicians' abilities? For the proposition of changing existing curriculum in medical schools to incorporate formal informatics training is Michael Chen, a second year medical student at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. Taking the opposing position is Nabile Safdar, M.D., assistant professor of radiology at the University of Maryland School of Medicines.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-5
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Digital Imaging
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 2011
Externally publishedYes


  • Education
  • clinical information systems
  • continuing medical education
  • medical

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiological and Ultrasound Technology
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Computer Science Applications


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