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The Paths Toward Informatics Careers in the Post-HITECT Era


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Theera-Ampornpunt N, Kelley T, Ramly E, Shaw R, Khairat S, Sonnenberg FA. The paths toward informatics careers in the post-HITECT era [panel submission]. AMIA Annu Symp Proc. 2012 Nov:1565-7.

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The Paths Toward Informatics Careers in the Post-HITECT Era

  1. 1. The Paths Toward Informatics Careers in the Post-HITECH Era Nawanan Theera-Ampornpunt1, MD, PhD, MS, Tiffany Kelley2, MS, MBA, RN, Edmond Ramly, MS3, Ryan Shaw, MS, RN2, Saif Khairat, PhD, MS4, Frank A. Sonnenberg, MD5 1 Faculty of Medicine Ramathibodi Hospital, Mahidol University, Bangkok, Thailand, 2 School of Nursing, Duke University, Durham, North Carolina, 3Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, Wisconsin, 4 Institute for Health Informatics, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota, 5 Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, Piscataway, New JerseyAbstractThe AMIA Student Working Group (ST-WG) proposes a panel of informatics professionals that will provideinsights and perspectives on career development and career outlook for future informaticians in the post-HITECHera. With the growing and more competitive job market and the emerging certification programs in informatics, a“Career Panel” will be valuable to new professionals needing guidance on career development and job opportunities.This year’s panel will feature panelists who are informatics professionals from different stages in their career, from astudent to an informatics fellow, an early-career informatician, and an established informatics professional. Thistheme will provide differing but complementary views about career development and job outlook for post-HITECHgraduates, which would prepare them toward their successful and exciting career paths in informatics.General DescriptionSince 2002, the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA)’s Student Working Group (ST-WG) has offereda panel each year at the Annual Symposium that provides perspectives and helpful guidance on informatics careersfor students, recent graduates, and early-career professionals. These panels have been a “meaningful” contribution tothe symposium, filled with an engaging audience and lively questions.This year’s proposed panel builds on this successful tradition and brings together four panelists at different stages oftheir careers, in an effort to offer diverse perspectives on career development and career outlook for informaticsstudents in today’s environment. A “Career Panel” is especially important after the launch of the Health InformationTechnology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act, as the financial incentives provide a stimulus forwidespread health IT adoption that will likely lead to a growing and increasingly competitive market forinformaticians. Moreover, the emergence of certification programs such as AMIA’s effort together with theAmerican Board of Preventive Medicine in subspecialty certification in clinical informatics as well as AMIA’sAcademic Forum’s plans to develop the Advanced Interprofessional Informatics Certification program would havemajor implications for those seeking careers in informatics. We will feature a panel consisting of informaticsprofessionals in different stages in their career, from a student or trainee to an informatics fellow, an early-careerinformatician, and an established informatics professional. This year’s theme will focus on the panelists’ variousinformatics roles and their views and advice on career development. The following issues will be discussed: - How was each panelist’s experience from when they began to develop their career until now? - What is the current career outlook for informatics professionals in the Post-HITECH era? - How should new informaticians developing their careers prepare, position, and market themselves in today’s competitive environment? 1565
  2. 2. - What are effective strategies for finding desirable career opportunities today?The planned format is the traditional panel discussion. Each of the four panelists is allotted 15 minutes for a shortpresentation. Following the presentations, the floor will be opened to questions from the audience.Given the differences in where the panelists are in their career, this panel will provide valuable short, medium, andlong-term perspectives for those who are just entering the field and beginning to develop their career in informatics.OrganizersAMIA Student Working Group Executive Committee and VolunteersTiffany Kelley, MS, MBA, RN, ChairNawanan Theera-Ampornpunt, MD, PhD, Chair-ElectPaulina Sockolow, DrPH, MBA, Immediate Past ChairSashank Kaushik, MD, Member-at-Large (Resident-Fellow)Marcela Musgrove, Member-at-Large (Masters)Ryan Shaw, MS, RN, Member-at-Large (Doctoral - PhD)Mark Roche, MD, MS, Member-at-Large (Doctoral - Professional)Edmond Ramly, MS, Editor-in-chief, ST-WG NewslettersJacqueline Feinberg, Executive SecretaryPanel ParticipantsStudent/TraineeEdmond Ramly, MSPhD StudentDepartment of Industrial and Systems EngineeringUniversity of Wisconsin-MadisonFellowRyan Shaw, MS, RNPhD CandidateSchool of Nursing, Duke UniversityEarly-Career ProfessionalSaif Khairat, PhD, MSClinical Assistant ProfessorInstitute for Health InformaticsUniversity of MinnesotaEstablished ProfessionalFrank A. Sonnenberg, MDMedical Director of Clinical Systems, Robert Wood Johnson Medical GroupProfessor of Medicine, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New JerseyModeratorTiffany Kelley, MS, MBA, RNPhD CandidateSchool of Nursing, Duke University 1566
  3. 3. StatementI, Nawanan Theera-Ampornpunt, hereby confirm that all panelists listed in this proposal have agreed to participatein this panel. Panelists are aware that there are no travel or registration funds available. Panelists are also aware thatthe Student Working Group is unable to reimburse their registration costs. 1567