Funding for the fellowship program covers stipend at the commensurate PGY level, benefits, and operational and educational costs. There are two mechanisms that we can fund fellows, through our Harvard-wide training grant, and through partnerships with clinical departments that allow fellows to continue to keep up their clinical skills and integrate into the environment of the medical center.
NLM Training Grant:
Up to one fellow per year may be awarded a National Library of Medicine Training Grant position, which provides substantial funding for stipend and pays part way towards a Masters degree in Biomedical informatics through Harvard Medical School. The award covers a portion of the total funding package.
Clinical work is not required to fulfill the educational components of the fellowship training program at BIDMC. However, fellows typically will work clinically to cover costs associated with the training program. Fellows working clinically are required, like any other fellows, to abide by program policies and ACGME duty hours.
Fellows typically work in their home clinical department, and are jointly on-boarded through their home department and the Division of Clinical Informatics, which is part of the Department of Medicine at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. The particular amount of clinical time depends on the clinical duties. As an example, a hospitalist may work 60-70 clinical shifts over the course of a year.
Patient care, when on service, takes priority over everything else in order to provide outstanding clinical care to all patients. It is the expectation that fellows will continue to work, on average, 40 hours per week doing informatics work as part of the fellowship program.