Clinical Informatics Fellowship

The UT Health San Antonio offers a two-year Transfusion Medicine Fellowship that is fully accredited by the ACGME. Training includes specialized coursework in foundational CI as well as healthcare analytics, cybersecurity, and data science, as well as elective learning opportunities such as medical applications of machine learning/artificial intelligence, population/community health, bioinformatics, sensor data/internet of things, and healthcare business intelligence). The fellowship typically accepts one trainee per academic year with a structured curriculum and dedicated teaching staff.

Each fellow will actively participate in healthcare analytics and process improvement projects with selected CI faculty mentors. These projects enable fellows to analyze data from different large data sources (clinical, operational, financial, community, etc.). In addition, projects provide an environment for fellows to lead and carry out effective healthcare analytics and process improvements.  Fellows are also encouraged to participate in CI research activities leading to publication of manuscripts and/or presentation of research findings at professional meetings. Fellows with pathology specialty training will maintain clinical skills though another pathology subspecialty program, such as transfusion medicine, at the University of Texas Health Sciences Center at San Antonio (UTHSCSA).

The program includes collaborative faculty from multiple clinical departments at UT Health San Antonio and University Health System (UHS). In addition, the program includes outside faculty with considerable experience in data science, applied analytics, predictive modeling, and machine learning/artificial intelligence, based at: 1) the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA), 2) the Southwest Research Institute (SwRI), a large non-profit engineering center, and 3) Health Access San Antonio (HASA), a large multi-regional health information exchange.

Requirements: Completion of ACGME accredited residency with board eligibility or certification.

Number of positions: One

Recruitment Status:
Academic year 2022-2023: Filled
Academic year 2023-2024: Filled

Stipends: Commensurate with level of training

Facilities: University Hospital, University of Texas at San Antonio

Current Clinical Informatics Fellow

Yi Yuan Zhou, M.D.
zhouy1@uthscsa.edu

Residency: University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center – Case Western Reserve University
Graduate School: (M.Sc neuroscience) University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Ontario Canada. Medical School: Trinity School of Medicine, St Vincent and the Grenadines,
Undergraduate School:  Texas State University, 2011
Hometown:  Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

1.  “Why Pathology”     Pathology is one of the few specialties in medicine that has something for nearly everyone. For every clinical specialty, there is a corresponding subspecialty in addition to many more topics. There are subspecialties that have more emphasis on problem solving; ones that are more research oriented; and ones that are more clinically based.  No matter what the preference people can find their niche somewhere in pathology.
2.  Why did you choose UT Health San Antonio?   UT Health San Antonio’s clinical informatics (CI) fellowship program is one of the few programs in the country that is run by the department of pathology and allows the option to do a second fellowship concurrently.  I feel that while CI’s being involved with more of the big picture of healthcare, a more directly patient-oriented specialty can help ground it in realms of patient care and provide firsthand experiences and observations to help direct improvement projects. To this end, I feel transfusion medicine is a great partner with CI as there are many opportunities to apply informatics to help improve operations such as policy on component usage, tracking of inventory, and blood bank management. In addition there is great camaraderie among the residents and fellows in the program, and the faculty are very supportive and makes an effort to continuously improve the program.
3. What do you like about living in San Antonio?     What do you like about living in San Antonio? I have only been in San Antonio for a short time, so it’s still too early to form a definitive opinion, but I’ve heard there is a really great food scene that I’m eager to explore once I have settled down a little.  Since I’m more acclimated to a cooler climate I was a little worried about the heat, but it’s been raining for half the time I’ve been here, so loving the rain!

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Participating Faculty

Brad Brimhall, MD, MPH (Pathology) Program Director

Marjorie David, MD (Pathology)

David Chambers, MS (SwRI Intelligent Systems Division)

Max Kilger, PhD (UTSA Data Security/Data Analytics)

Edward Medina, MD, PhD (Pathology)

Leslie Greebon, MD (Pathology)

Philip Beckett, PhD (CEO HASA)

John Daniels, DO, JD, MPH (Pathology)

Liem Du, MD (Internal Medicine)

Russell Higgins, MD (Pathology)

Frank Rosinia, MD (Anesthesiology)

Michael Shoffeitt, MD (Internal Medicine)

Applications

Send inquiries to:

Maria Gomez
Fellowship Program Coordinator
Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
UT Health San Antonio
7703 Floyd Curl Drive MC 7750
San Antonio, TX 78229
Voice:  210-567-4010
Fax:  210-567-4637
Email:  GomezM10@uthscsa.edu