The Computational Health Informatics Program (CHIP) at Boston Children’s Hospital hosts a training program for postdoctoral fellows to be trained in Informatics, Genomics, Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence, Biomedical Data Science. The program is funded by the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) at the National Institutes of Health (T32HD040128-16) and is open to US citizens and permanent residents.
Over the past two decades, the program has trained a mix of 19 fellows with MDs and PhDs. More than 90% have gone on to receive independent funding in faculty positions in academic medicine.
The unparalleled learning environment at Boston Children’s Hospital, a teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School, enables access to world-class mentors. Fellows are able to leverage research networks and multi-site collaborations with storied institutions such as Harvard Medical School, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the Broad Institute, and Dana Farber Cancer Institute.
Fellows in the training program work toward independence in two interrelated phases:
(1) Mentored research project
Fellows will be mentored by a faculty member of choice and will select a research topic.
(2) Formal course work
Trainees may have the option of formal coursework. The Program Director and faculty mentor work with the fellow to tailor the curriculum based on the skills required for the fellow’s research project and long-term objectives. Often, this can lead to coursework at the Harvard Department of Biomedical Informatics or the Harvard School of Public Health. Many projects have an emphasis on pediatric emergency and acute care.
Harvard Biomedical Informatics MMSc
The Biomedical Informatics Masters Degree at Harvard Medical School is a two-year post-doctoral degree program, consisting of didactic course work, a seminar series, and a mentored research project. Each student chooses from one of four possible tracks: Bioinformatics, Clinical Informatics, Imaging Informatics, and Population Health Informatics. A written thesis and an oral presentation and defense of the thesis is required. A wide variety of course offerings at Harvard and MIT along with seminars, journal clubs, grant-writing workshops, and other forums for exchange of information provide all trainees with opportunities to learn about the variety of research being conducted at the various laboratories and in the affiliated institutions, as well as in the larger field of biomedical informatics.