Informatics Training Program

Frequently Asked Questions

Lecture series: Please tell me more about the lecture series.

Answer:  The lectures series is held twice a year for a month, usually in July and in December. In July, once a week, for about half a day, up to six lectures are given. In December, the lecture series usually takes place over one week and lectures can be given the entire day. The lectures are generally presentations by LHNCBC research staff preceptors for the Biomedical Informatics Training Program, but can include presentations about NLM and NIH biomedical informatics research.


IT environment: What kind of information technology environment will be available?

A: LHNCBC provides a state-of-the-art computer hardware, software, and networking environment for biomedical informatics research.


Equal opportunity: Is the Biomedical Informatics Training Program an equal opportunity program?

A: Yes. Selection is based solely on merit, without discrimination for race, color, religion, sex, national origin, politics, marital status, sexual orientation, physical or mental handicap, or age.


Clinical Electives Program: Are there additional requirements for participants in the Clinical Electives Program in Biomedical Informatics, which is jointly sponsored by the NIH Clinical Center?

A: Yes. Please see the NIH Clinical Center's Clinical Electives Program information, especially its FAQs.

Certificate or degree: Will I receive a certificate or a degree upon completing this training?

A: No, but there are other training programs at NLM, some of which are more formal.


Commuting: What do I need to know about commuting?

A: We recommend that you commute by Metrorail to the Medical Center station on the Red Line, or by Metrobus. NIH Visitor Information has a map of the NIH campus (LHNCBC is in Building 38A) and information about entering the campus.


Driving: What if I want to drive?

A: We recommend that you not drive on the first day of your training. If you wish to drive after the first day, you will be issued a temporary NIH parking permit for the duration of your training. NIH Visitor Information has information about driving onto the NIH campus and NLM Directions and Parking Information has information about on-campus parking. We cannot validate visitor parking tickets.

Housing: Do I have to make my own housing arrangements?

A: Yes.

Further assistance: Can the Training Program help with citizenship, employment, or visa matters?

A: Sorry, but no.