Informatics in professional education

M. J. Ball, J. V. Douglas

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The University of Maryland at Baltimore (UMAB) is a professional school campus, including schools of Dentistry, Law, Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Graduate Studies, and Social Work and Community Planning. In late 1987, UMAB convened a Task Force on Informatics, intended to support the campus as it worked to become a Centre of Excellence for Informatics. The Task Force reviewed the current computing environment at UMAB and the individual schools. In assessing the state of the art in informatics, its work was supplemented by the formation of external advisory committees of national and international informaticians. Deliberations proceeded according to a methodology designed to develop factual databases and to generate consensus. The Task Force report, which is excerpted in the following paper, established a tiered taxonomy of competencies; defined the three levels; and set forth program models for the two higher levels. Special note was made of the programs in nursing and dental informatics newly established at UMAB. The report concluded with three recommendations, each with detailed action points identified.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)250-254
Number of pages5
JournalMethods of information in medicine
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1989
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health Informatics
  • Advanced and Specialized Nursing
  • Health Information Management


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