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Clinical Electives Program: Biomedical Informatics

Training Program General Information

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Program Description

The Clinical Electives Program: Biomedical Informatics component of the Biomedical Informatics Training Program at the Lister Hill National Center for Biomedical Communications introduces biomedical informatics to medical and dental school students who are interested in using computing systems, networked communications, and information technologies in medicine. The NIH Clinical Center administers this elective, and the LHNCBC Biomedical Informatics Training Program runs it.

This elective is formally held three times a year as four- to eight-week sessions. Participants may work on independent research projects or join on-going projects under the guidance of LHNCBC research staff preceptors. Projects may be available at other times if student interests and preceptors can be matched.

The FAQs include information about the lecture series that is part of this elective.


Applicants must be enrolled in accredited medical or dental schools. They are expected to have had some experience using computing and information systems, including programming, especially in clinical medicine or clinical research. Previous computer science and/or computer engineering education may be helpful but is not required.

Applications and Questions

The NIH Clinical Center, which administers the Clinical Electives Program, including this Biomedical Informatics elective, has an on-line application form and instructions and its own FAQs.

Please address questions to:

Paul Fontelo, MD MPH
Lister Hill National Center for Biomedical Communications
U.S. National Library of Medicine
8600 Rockville Pike, Bldg. 38A, MSC 3826
Bethesda, MD 20894