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MED 265: Informatics in Clinical Environments

Course Director: Robert El-Kareh, MD, MPH
Additional Instructor: Amy Sitapati, MD
Quarter: Spring 2025, Tuesday & Thursday, 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Units: 4

Course Overview:  This course is designed to give students an introduction to various clinical environments within our healthcare system, the flow of information within these environments and to medical vocabulary. Clinicians and other professionals will provide an overview of each clinical site. In addition, each week, we will visit a site to experience how information is used to deliver patient care. Students will also develop an informatics or quality improvement project and briefly present the project to the class.

Grading Policies:  Course grades will be based on:

  1. Participation in classroom discussions (30%)
  2. Participation in clinical site visits (30%)
  3. Weekly homework assignments (20%)
  4. Project proposal (20%)


  1. Berkovich B, Sitapati A. Applied Population Health: Delivering Value-Based Care with Actionable
    Registries. Boca Raton: CRC Press; 2019. ISBN 9780367196677. 
  1. Wachter RM. The Digital Doctor: Hope, Hype, and Harm at the Dawn of Medicine's Computer Age.
    New York: McGraw-Hill Education; 2017. ISBN: 9781260019605.