Education and training of medical informatics in the medical curriculum

Int J Med Inform. 1998 Jun;50(1-3):49-58. doi: 10.1016/s1386-5056(98)00050-1.


The teaching of medical informatics is of importance for students in medicine and health care, realizing that they will be the health professionals of the future. Training in medical informatics is also of value for practicing clinicians who are overwhelmed by the avalanche of systems that are available on the market. Some examples of operational systems are presented here to indicate that health care has changed dramatically over the last decades. This paper intends to contribute to the drafting of IMIA guidelines for teaching medical informatics by (1) reporting on the experience at the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences of the Erasmus University Rotterdam as part of the curriculum, (2) reporting on the implementation of guidelines for teaching medical informatics in The Netherlands since these guidelines were drafted in 1986, and (3) by introducing the teaching material contained in the new Handbook of Medical Informatics and on its Web site.

MeSH terms

  • Curriculum*
  • Decision Support Techniques
  • Diagnostic Imaging
  • Education, Medical*
  • Medical Informatics / education*
  • Medical Records Systems, Computerized
  • Netherlands
  • Teaching / methods
  • Teaching Materials