The College of American Pathologists, Association of Pathology Chairs, and Association for Pathology Informatics have launched a new graduate medical education clinical informatics curriculum.

Pathology Informatics Essentials for Residents (PIER) is designed for all pathology residents--those specializing in anatomic or clinical pathology or both.

“Information management will continue to play a crucial role in pathology,” said Walter Henricks, M.D., medical director of pathology informatics at the Cleveland Clinic, and co-leader of the PIER working group. “By developing PIER, we are empowering pathologists in clinical informatics with the knowledge and skill sets necessary to meet the demands of the current and future healthcare environment.”

The curriculum exposes residents to information technology in pathology as they participate in their anatomic and/or clinical pathology rotations and residency activities related to management; quality assurance and control, as well as regulatory and accreditation issues. In addition, the curriculum addresses the daily flow of information into and out of the laboratory and the proper utilization of that information.

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.

Interested residency programs can find details about PIER here.

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