Harvard Medical School now offers a Master in Healthcare Quality and Safety
(MHQS). This program aims to train students in how to become operational leaders in healthcare quality, safety and informatics.
The MHQS is a full-time, residential program over 9 months located on Harvard Medical School's campus in Boston.
Students learn from faculty working in Harvard affiliated hospitals including the Massachusetts General Hospital, the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston Children's Hospital, the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Brigham and Women's Hospital.
The program is designed for doctors, dentists, nurses, administrators, policy makers, and other health professionals who are either in leadership positions or who aspire to leadership positions in healthcare quality, risk management and patient safety. Applicants must hold an MD or other advanced degree and possess at least three years of clinical experience.
You can learn more here: hms.harvard.edu/MHQS
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Earlier this year, the American College of Physicians (ACP) launched its "Physician Well-being and Professional Satisfaction
" initiative. The goal of this program is to create a "culture of wellness, improving practice efficiencies, enhancing individual physician well-being, and reducing administrative burdens."
This program will address many dimensions that impact physician wellness. The ACP will also continue to advocate for system changes, identify practical ways to improve the clinical practice environment, and encourage physicians to maintain their own personal health and wellness.
More universities are offering graduate certificates to busy working professionals who may not wish to invest the time and energy to pursue a graduate degree. While a certificate is not equivalent to a certification, it provides value for professionals interested in developing, understanding, managing and integrating medical information systems in healthcare organizations.
Here are a few examples of graduate certificate programs in healthcare or clinical informatics:UMass Boston Healthcare Informatics CertificateUC Davis Health Informatics Certificate ProgramUSF Health’s Graduate Certificate in Health InformaticsDrexel University Certificate in Healthcare InformaticsBoston University Health Informatics Graduate Certificate
Physicians may also wish to consider pursuing board certification in clinical informatics. Broadly speaking, there have been two different possible pathways for subspecialty certification eligibility in clinical informatics by the American Board of Preventive Medicine (or the American Board of Pathology if you're a pathologist):
- ACGME Accredited Fellowship Pathway
- Practice Pathway
In the future, the only pathway for physicians to board certification in clinical informatics will be by completing a fellowship.
Nurses can pursue certification in informatics from the American Nurses Credentialing Center.
Some may choose to obtain a masters degree in informatics. Those programs may be called clinical informatics, medical informatics, health informatics, healthcare informatics, biomedical informatics, bioinformatics, etc. While those may all sound like they refer to the same curriculum, there are some key differences across those different types of programs.