AMIA Board white paper: definition of biomedical informatics and specification of core competencies for graduate education in the discipline

J Am Med Inform Assoc. Nov-Dec 2012;19(6):931-8. doi: 10.1136/amiajnl-2012-001053. Epub 2012 Jun 8.

Abstract

The AMIA biomedical informatics (BMI) core competencies have been designed to support and guide graduate education in BMI, the core scientific discipline underlying the breadth of the field's research, practice, and education. The core definition of BMI adopted by AMIA specifies that BMI is 'the interdisciplinary field that studies and pursues the effective uses of biomedical data, information, and knowledge for scientific inquiry, problem solving and decision making, motivated by efforts to improve human health.' Application areas range from bioinformatics to clinical and public health informatics and span the spectrum from the molecular to population levels of health and biomedicine. The shared core informatics competencies of BMI draw on the practical experience of many specific informatics sub-disciplines. The AMIA BMI analysis highlights the central shared set of competencies that should guide curriculum design and that graduate students should be expected to master.

MeSH terms

  • Competency-Based Education*
  • Education, Graduate*
  • Humans
  • Medical Informatics / education*
  • Societies, Scientific
  • Terminology as Topic
  • United States