Computer science education for medical informaticians

Judith R. Logan, Susan L. Price

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Abstract

The core curriculum in the education of medical informaticians remains a topic of concern and discussion. This paper reports on a survey of medical informaticians with Master's level credentials that asked about computer science (CS) topics or skills that they need in their employment. All subjects were graduates or "near-graduates" of a single medical informatics Master's program that they entered with widely varying educational backgrounds. The survey instrument was validated for face and content validity prior to use. All survey items were rated as having some degree of importance in the work of these professionals, with retrieval and analysis of data from databases, database design and web technologies deemed most important. Least important were networking skills and object-oriented design and concepts. These results are consistent with other work done in the field and suggest that strong emphasis on technical skills, particularly databases, data analysis, web technologies, computer programming and general computer science are part of the core curriculum for medical informatics.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)139-144
Number of pages6
JournalInternational Journal of Medical Informatics
Volume73
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 18 2004

Keywords

  • Computer literacy
  • Curriculum
  • Education
  • Graduate
  • Medical informatics

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health Informatics

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