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  • Certification in Clinical Informatics is a joint and equal function of the ABPath and the American Board of Preventive Medicine (ABPM). Such function relates to qualification of applicants, standards of examinations, and the form of the certificate.
  • All candidates for certification in Clinical Informatics by the ABPath must possess current certification by the ABPath and meet the qualifications indicated in one of the following pathways to certification.


    • ACGME-accredited Fellowship Pathway

      A physician must have successfully completed 24 months in an ACGME-accredited Clinical Informatics fellowship program.

      *Dual Enrollment- The American Board of Pathology allows diplomates to complete the 24 months of ACGME required training in Clinical Informatics (CI) concurrently with another 12-month fellowship, completed over the same 24 months. This concurrent training must comply with the ACGME Program Requirements for Clinical Informatics and pathology subspecialties. With this concurrent training, a trainee could qualify for certification in CI and another ACGME accredited subspecialty with only two years of training, rather than three years. The CI fellowship may also be combined with a non-ACGME accredited fellowship. Participation in the dual enrollment process does not require prior ACGME approval.

Until a sufficient number of training programs are accredited, the following additional pathways to certification will be available.


    • Practice Pathway (in effect until 2025)

      Three years of practice in Clinical Informatics is required. Practice time must be at least 25% of a Full-Time Equivalent to be considered. Practice time need not be continuous; however, all practice time must have occurred in the five-year period preceding June 30 of the application year. Practice must consist of broad-based professional activity with significant Clinical Informatics responsibility. Fellowship activity that is less than 24 months in duration or non-ACGME accredited may be applied toward the practice activity requirement. The actual training must be described for any fellowship activity. Clinical Informatics research and teaching activities may also be considered as practice time.

Masters or PhD in Biomedical Informatics: Credit for completion of a 24 month Masters or PhD program in Biomedical Informatics, Health Sciences Informatics, Clinical Informatics, or a related subject from a university/college in the US and Canada, deemed acceptable by the Board (e.g. NLM university-based Biomedical Informatics Training) may be substituted for the Time in Practice option above.


    • Non-Accredited Fellowship Pathway (in effect until 2025)

      An applicant may request credit for training in a non-ACGME accredited fellowship program. Training in a non-ACGME accredited program for less than two years duration may be applied toward the practice pathway described above. The training received in the nonaccredited fellowship must have been substantially equivalent to, or exceeded, the training required in ACGME accredited fellowships. The fellowship training curriculum and a description of the training experience must be submitted with the application. Diplomates who have started a non-accredited fellowship pathway before the end of 2025 will have eligibility extended until the pathway requirements are met.


* Only for candidates that have previously submitted an application for Clinical Informatics and have a period of board qualification in Clinical Informatics, the examination registration form is accessed through your PATHway. 

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