The Academic Forum is a membership unit within AMIA dedicated to serving the needs of postbaccalaureate biomedical and health informatics training programs. The Academic Forum comprises informatics professionals responsible for the leadership and excellence of informatics training programs. Members of the Academic Forum are engaged in issues relating to the organization and management of educational and research programs in universities and colleges.
Participants focus on a range of issues important to faculty such as management, promotion criteria, recruitment, models of success in building informatics programs, salary scales, advocacy within academic environments, and other topics. A current AMIA membership is required for participation in the Academic Forum.
AMIA 2018 Informatics Educators Forum
Scholarship | Leadership | Professional Advancement
Academic Forum member representatives enjoy complimentary attendance to the premier conference for informatics educators. This gathering of 300+ attendees, includes representatives from the top informatics programs in the country. The AMIA 2018 Informatics Educators Forum is an opportunity for educators, informatics professionals, and students to come together to address challenges facing health informatics education in order to improve the educational experience of both students and faculty and to better prepare students for their future professional roles, whether those roles are in academics, clinical practice, government, or industry. Health Informatics spans multiple highly dynamic disciplines, draws applicants from a diverse set of backgrounds, and trains students for many distinct professional roles. The resulting educational challenges can be both difficult and rewarding, but require unique perspectives and compromises. Learn more
Additional benefits of membership include:
- A place for academic leaders to call their professional home within the national organization for biomedical and health informatics training programs
- Special exhibition rates and Learning Showcase opportunities at the AMIA Annual Symposium*
- Strategy meeting at the AMIA Annual Symposium
- Exclusive educator network communities in the AMIA Connect online community
- Posting in the Informatics Academic & Training Programs directory
- Posting in the Clinical Informatics Fellowship Program directory
- Use of social media to collaborate with colleagues
- Sharing of knowledge and best practices to advance the discipline
- Communicating as a single voice on important policy matters
- Networking with colleagues who share similar opportunities and challenges
*Academic Forum members receive favorable rates on exhibition at the AMIA Annual Symposium. Members of AMIA's Academic Forum are entitled to the discounted rate of $950 for an inline booth (corner booths are $1150). This does not include Affiliate or Emerging Program members of the Academic Forum. All other exhibitors from academic training programs that are not members of AMIA's Academic Forum must pay the $2,900 ($3,100 for corner) rate – incremental pricing applies.
Clinical Informatics Training Requirements
The Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) has accredited clinical informatics subspecialty fellowships. The AMIA Academic Forum includes in its membership a subgroup called the Community of Clinical Informatics Program Directors (CCIPD). A current list of the Fellowship Programs.
Academic Forum Advanced Interprofessional Informatics Certification Task Force Lays Ground Work
Established in 2012 by the Academic Forum, AMIA endorsed a pathway to certification for individuals not eligible for the subspecialty certification. The pathway focuses on the core informatics content that is relevant to all professions, and the interprofessional certification will be at the graduate level, based on the same core content used for the subspecialty certification, with the same rigor and competency as the clinical informatics medical subspecialty certification process. The Board of Director’s extends thanks and gratitude for the initiative demonstrated by the Academic Forum in establishing the initial AIIC Task Force. Additional information about the current program can be found under Interprofessional Certification.