Medical/Dental Professionals

For the First Time Ever, UB Medical Students Will Train in the EMR

Practicing documentation throughout their education is expected to have tremendous downstream benefits for students and the healthcare system

A unique partnership among the University at Buffalo Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, Great Lakes Health System and Cerner means that medical students entering the Jacobs School this summer will be the first class in history to receive training in the electronic medical record (EMR) while still in school.

“This innovative partnership between Cerner and the Jacobs School will allow us to bring state-of-the-art informatics education to our learners,” said Peter Winkelstein, MD, vice president and chief medical informatics officer for Kaleida Health, chief medical informatics officer for UBMD and physician sponsor of the GLIMR Expand project.

Representatives from the school, Great Lakes Health and Cerner have been working together over the last few months to build out a new educational domain of Cerner PowerChart for the Jacobs School. This groundbreaking collaboration will allow medical students to practice documentation on simulated patients on an EMR identical to the one used in the UBMD clinical space.

“It will prepare students for their clinical experiences as they train in Great Lakes Health facilities, as well,” said Dr. Winkelstein.

“This is an example of how Great Lakes Health works to support the three-part mission of academic health centers to provide excellent clinical care, education and research.”

Beginning this school year, students will start practicing electronic documentation with the simplest of visit notes. They will progress to more sophisticated and nuanced uses of documentation and data interpretation over the course of their studies.

This kind of EMR training as a part of the medical curriculum is unprecedented at UB. It is rare among medical schools nationwide.