Internal Medicine Residency Clinical Scholars in Informatics Pathway

The Clinical Scholars in Informatics (CSI) pathway is a two year program designed for residents to further develop clinical skills in informatics and health information technologies with the support and guidance of a mentorship team.

Pathway Curriculum

These skills can open up opportunities for:

  • Research
  • Improving healthcare quality and safety
  • Making Electronic Health Record workflows more efficient

Through a competitive application process, two PGY1 residents are selected for the pathway to begin their PGY2 and PGY3 years.

In their training, CSI scholars will:

  • Obtain EPIC Physician Builder certification with privileges to modify the Wake Forest Electronic Health Record in collaboration with Wake Forest Information Technology Services (ITS). This includes travel to EPIC headquarters to complete training as well as building a marketable skillset that can be valuable for future fellowship and faculty positions
  • Receive commendation and a certificate of completion during the yearly Internal Medicine Awards Day
  • Have an opportunity to shape a future career in informatics, complementing a career in internal medicine specialties or subspecialties
  • Receive a $2,500 stipend to be used for data extraction, statistical analysis, travel for presentations/conferences or informatics-related educational materials. This stipend is in addition to current residency travel funding
  • Be granted two elective informatics blocks in the PGY2 year with additional elective time (one to two months) that can be used for informatics in the PGY3 year
  • Participate in informatics journal club
  • Be granted a loaner laptop to be used for an informatics-related project

CSI residents will:

  • Design and implement an informatics-related project (can be in general medicine or a subspecialty area) by the end of their PGY2 year
  • Evaluate the impact of the project within the health system and submit to both the Wake Forest Quality Improvement Showcase and Internal Medicine Research Day in their PGY3 year
  • Draft and submit a completed manuscript of the project and evaluation of impact in a relevant journal

Clinical Scholars in Informatics Curriculum schedule


Residents on the CSI Pathway will continue with their upper level track rotations as previously assigned. As stated, residents are granted two elective informatics blocks in the PGY2 year.

2017-2019 Clinical Scholars in Informatics (CSI) Residents

Clinical Scholars in Informatics 2018

Caleb Melancon, MD
Mentor Team: Ajay Dharod, MD (Informatics); Sean Rudnick, MD (Gastroenterology)
Project Title: "Design and Development of Clinical Decision Support Tools for Chronic Gastroenterological Disease Management"

Stephen Allan Petty, MD
Mentor: Ajay Dharod, MD (Informatics); Carl Grey, MD (Palliative Care Gerontology & Geriatric Medicine)
Project Title: “Implementing Predictive Modeling to Increase Advance Care Planning Completion in Outpatient IM Resident Clinics”

Andrew Benefield, MD
Mentor Team: Ajay Dharod, MD (Informatics), Dr. Nancy Denizard-Thompson, MD (Internal Medicine)
Project Title: "Improving Social Determinants of Health through the Delivery of Community Resources"

Sean Hernandez, MD
Mentor Team: Ajay Dharod, MD (Informatics), Heidi Klepin, MD (Hematology/Oncology)
Project Title: "The Impact of an Automated Alert System to Primary Oncologists on Inpatient Goals-of-Care Conversations and End-of-Life Care"