The MBMI program requires that students engage in a mentored Capstone Project in clinical informatics during their final year. This is accomplished in the context of a seminar in which students develop, propose, implement, and present their capstone project. During the semester, students meet regularly with their Capstone Advisor, who is also invited to attend the seminars. The seminar affords both students and advisors the opportunity for cross-fertilization of ideas and skills, and ultimately the honing of projects to a high level of value for the students and the clinical environments in which they conduct their projects.
Each project is supervised by an IBI Senior Fellow, selected by the student and vetted by the Advising Committee. The Capstone Advisor will be selected for expertise in the topic being addressed. Additional individuals with expertise relating to the student’s project can join the advisory team as needed. The Capstone Advisor will be responsible for ensuring a high degree of quality of the project and the student’s work thereupon. The Capstone Advisor will be responsible for guiding and evaluating the student’s progress throughout the semester, and for submitting the final evaluation and grade.
Capstone projects may align with the day-to-day responsibilities of the student's employment or may be in a new area of interest. Projects should be completed in the course of a 15-week semester. Sample projects could include:
- Design, implementation, and evaluation of a clinical decision rule
- A workflow analysis pertinent to a given clinical environment
- Evaluation of a feature or set of features of an existing clinical information system
- Development and evaluation of a training program for new users of a clinical information system
- Assessment of clinical information system adoption by health professionals
- Design, implementation, and evaluation of a novel feature in a patent portal system
- Development and evaluation of a program for improving patient engagement in using patient portals
- Design and evaluate a clinical process improvement
The capstone will culminate in the preparation of a written final report and a poster presentation at the annual Informatics Day. All projects should include a thorough critical review of pertinent literature; a statement of the problem or research question; a clearly articulated statement of the goal(s) of the project; a description of the aims proposed to addressed the goal(s), the methods used to address the aims, the results, a discussion of the results; and a conclusion and description of future directions. Two IBI Senior Fellows will evaluate the capstone project presentation and provide oral and written feedback to the student and Capstone Advisor.