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J Digit Imaging. 2011 Feb;24(1):1-5. doi: 10.1007/s10278-009-9249-x.

Should medical schools incorporate formal training in informatics?

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  • 1School of Medicine, University of Maryland, 22 South Greene St, Baltimore, MD 21201, USA.


Are we preparing future generations of physicians with the skills to practice in the information age? Has the health care IT industry matured to the stage that we can standardize training physicians in how to search and synthesize massive databases of clinical information and tease out complex diagnoses based upon scant information? Will literacy in information technology become a differentiator between physicians' abilities? For the proposition of changing existing curriculum in medical schools to incorporate formal informatics training is Michael Chen, a second year medical student at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. Taking the opposing position is Nabile Safdar, M.D., assistant professor of radiology at the University of Maryland School of Medicines.

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