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New Clinical Informatics Curriculum Prepares Future Pathologists
Date:7/10/2014

NORTHFIELD, Ill., July 9, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The widespread adoption of the electronic health record (EHR), spurred in large part by meaningful use and related federal programs, is changing the way health care providers interact with laboratory information. Now, more than ever, pathologists need to be well-versed in the field of clinical informatics in order to deliver high quality and cost-effective patient care.

To address the educational needs of pathologists in this evolving health care landscape, the College of American Pathologists (CAP), the Association of Pathology Chairs (APC), and the Association for Pathology Informatics (API), announced today the launch of a new graduate medical education clinical informatics curriculum—Pathology Informatics Essentials for Residents (PIER)—at the APC annual meeting.

"The CAP is proud to collaborate with APC and API on this important education initiative to help train pathology residents in clinical informatics," said CAP President Gene N. Herbek, MD, FCAP. "Today's health care environment calls for pathologists with competencies in clinical informatics to manage technology advances for the diagnostic management of patient care. PIER addresses this education and workforce need."

Jointly developed by the three organizations, PIER presents informatics topics identified by leading experts in the field. It offers key training elements for residency program directors and faculty to implement informatics training, while meeting the milestone requirements outlined by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). Interested residency programs can find details about PIER on the APC's website at apcprods.org/PIER.

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