Clinical Informatics Fellowship

The UCSF Clinical Informatics Fellowship (CIF) is a two year program for eligible fellows who have successfully completed any ACGME ABMS residency. Formal education or significant experience in computer science is helpful but not required. Fellows will either arrive or leave with the necessary CS expertise.

The purpose of the CIF is to create future academic and clinical healthcare informatics leaders. The fellowship will include the experience and training necessary to become a productive academic contributor, or a healthcare enterprise Chief Medical Information Officer (CMIO). Once approved by the ACGME, the CIF will qualify successful fellows to be eligible to sit for the ABMS exam administered by the American Board of Preventive medicine to be certified as a Clinical Informatics specialist.

CI Fellows will be expected to participate in their area of clinical residency training an average of 20% of their time over the course of the fellowship. It is expected that fellows will contribute to the informatics dimension of their specialty. The first year of the CIF will be devoted to a set of carefully designed didactic courses, interdisciplinary team experiences, and an opportunity to practice and see different healthcare informatics environments in all three of our related academic enterprises: UCSF, Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital, and the San Francisco VA Hospital and Clinics.

The first year will also provide exposure to a diverse group of potential faculty mentors, and research opportunities, including a dedicated month for a small project.

The second year will be research focused on two or three substantial projects, preferably related to the fellow's area of clinical expertise. Fellows will choose one of the three institutions for the focus of their clinical and informatics experiences.

The program will provide exposure to UCSF's new initiatives in precision medicine and deep learning through the Institute of Computational Health Science (ICHS) including the UC-wide data warehouse; digital innovation through the Center for Digital Health Innovation (CDHI) for driving positive health outcomes through the use of sensors, apps, and analytics; and Patient Centered Outcomes Research (PCORI).


We will be accepting applications through ERAS, Electronic Residency Application Service. We do not accept paper applications. The deadline for completed applications is August 24, 2018.

Application Requirements

We require the following supporting documents to be submitted via ERAS:

  • Application
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Personal statement related to clinical informatics
  • 3 letters of recommendation, including one from your current program director

Per ACGME policy, all prerequisite post-graduate clinical education required for initial entry or transfer into ACGME-accredited programs must be completed in ACGME-accredited residency programs, or in Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC)-accredited or College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC)-accredited residency programs located in Canada.

Please note that the Clinical Informatics program is not able to sponsor H1-B visas for clinical fellowship training.

Program Contact

Program Director: David Avrin, MD (D[email protected])
Associate Program Director: Raman Khanna ([email protected])
Program Coordinator: Jennifer Lee ([email protected])