A consortium of leading informatics laboratories at Harvard and MIT, supported by a grant from the National Library of Medicine.
The Informatics Research Training program is a coordinated approach to training in biomedical informatics. The training program is composed of academic training, mentored research training and experience, and other career-enhancing activities. Further, and importantly, trainees learn by doing their own independent research. Immediately upon entering the program, trainees are placed, according to their expressed interests, in one of our research laboratories. After a brief orientation period during which trainees are introduced to the variety of research projects and mentors in their laboratories, they develop their own research plans.
Each postdoctoral fellow participates in the two-year Harvard Medical School Master of Medical Sciences in Biomedical Informatics. The curriculum consists of a set of required and elective courses, mentored research, and a Master’s thesis.
The goal of our Informatics Training Program is to prepare individuals as independent researchers in the field of biomedical informatics.
Fellows develop their independence as researchers in four interrelated phases:
- Formal coursework;
- Research mentorship;
- Thesis project; and
- Mentored research grant.
Fellows complete formal coursework for the MMSc in Biomedical Informatics degree, and they are mentored in their respective laboratories. In addition, they complete and defend a formal Master’s thesis, and finally, in their last year, with guidance from a faculty mentor, they prepare a K-99 or similar mentored research grant application.
Our fellows work with internationally recognized faculty on high-profile grants and research projects. Our program encompasses multiple research laboratories, including laboratories at Harvard Medical School, major hospitals, including Children’s Hospital Boston, Massachusetts General Hospital, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Harvard School of Public Health, Boston Medical Center, and, Tufts Medical Center as well as the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory at MIT. Faculty at our participating laboratories are leaders of several national research centers and multi-institutional collaborative initiatives.
The breadth and depth of our research laboratories, real-world clinical systems, research activities, formal academic programs, and experienced faculty provides an unparalleled environment to mentor and instruct trainees in all of the training domains of biomedical informatics.