4. Clinical Informatics
a. Certification in Clinical Informatics is a joint and equal function of the ABP and the American Board of Preventive Medicine (ABPM). Such function relates to qualification of applicants, standards of examinations, and the form of the certificate.
b. All candidates for certification in Clinical Informatics must possess current certification by one of the ABMS member boards and meet the qualifications indicated in one of the following pathways to certification.
c. ACGME-accredited Fellowship Pathway. A physician must have successfully completed two years in an ACGME-accredited Clinical Informatics fellowship program. Until a sufficient number of training programs are accredited, the following additional pathways to certification will be available.
d. Practice Pathway. For a period of 5 years from the date when the American Board of Preventive Medicine begins receiving applications for certification in Clinical Informatics, an applicant may submit documentation of a 36-month period of time in which he or she spent a minimum of 25% of his or her time engaged in the practice of Clinical Informatics at the subspecialty level. These experiences must consist of broad-based professional activity with significant Clinical Informatics responsibility. Documentation of Clinical Informatics research and teaching activities may also be submitted for review. The practice experience may include a period of time spent in non-accredited fellowship training.
e. Non-Accredited Fellowship Pathway. For a period of 5 years from the date when the American Board of Preventive Medicine begins receiving applications for certification in Clinical Informatics, an applicant may request credit for training in a non-ACGME accredited fellowship program of equal duration to an accredited fellowship. Training in a non-ACGME accredited program of less than the required duration may be applied toward the practice pathway (see Section III.C.4.d. Practice Pathway). The fellowship training curriculum, as well as a description of the actual training experience, must be submitted. The training received in the non-accredited fellowship must have been substantially equivalent to, or exceed, the training required in ACGME accredited fellowships.