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A cover letter is required for consideration for this position and should be attached as the first page of your resume. The cover letter should address your specific interest in the position and outline skills and experience that directly relate to this position.

Job Summary

The Clinical Informatics Specialist role will serve to enhance existing efforts to organize and validate clinical data within the MPOG registry. MPOG utilizes clinical phenotypes to identify cases for inclusion in research or quality improvement initiatives. Phenotypes are coded building blocks or algorithms used to sort and organize large data sets. The Clinical Informatics Specialist is responsible for maintaining specifications for and validating existing phenotypes. As additional data types are added to the MPOG registry, the Clinical Informatics Specialist provides direction for how data should be mapped, defined, stored, and organized to facilitate future analysis. This role will evaluate the current infrastructure of the MPOG registry and work closely with the MPOG programmers, research and quality teams to determine a plan for creating specifications for existing phenotypes and prioritize future development.

In addition to analytic skills, this role requires experience in understanding perioperative clinical workflow and documentation patterns. The Clinical Informatics Specialist will need to contact sites to refine mapping of clinical variables and understand possible trends in documentation that could impact how registry data is used. In addition, the role will involve onboarding new sites, guiding their technical and clinical teams through the steps to join MPOG.

Mission Statement

Michigan Medicine improves the health of patients, populations and communities through excellence in education, patient care, community service, research and technology development, and through leadership activities in Michigan, nationally and internationally.  Our mission is guided by our Strategic Principles and has three critical components; patient care, education and research that together enhance our contribution to society.


Review and understand existing data available in the MPOG registry

Identify gaps in the current registry and create a plan to gather and clean data from a variety of sources (electronic health record, administrative, anesthesia information management systems) to facilitate research and quality improvement projects

Serving as a primary point of contact for sites to address questions related to registry data requirements, clinical content mapping, and the onboarding process

Build relationships with programmers and clinicians to identify what data cleaning needs exist

Identify and address expected and unforeseen data issues to ensure the accuracy of analytics, ensuring that resulting decisions are made from accurate findings. In addition, the specialist will work with sites to improve data quality where possible.

Create project management tools for tracking development progress

Effectively communicate and present resource needs to MPOG Clinical Program Manager and Directors to ensure success of registry data cleaning initiatives

Required Qualifications*

Master’s degree in Nursing, Health Informatics, or Public Health, or an equivalent combination of education and experience

At least five years’ experience in data analysis

Demonstrated project management skills in the healthcare setting

Strong verbal and written communication, computer, and interpersonal skills

Capacity to lead meetings and manage several projects independently

Ability to validate clinical data using an electronic health record

Identify patterns and outline a plan to address data issues

Demonstrated customer focus and the knowledge and skill to identify, meet, and evaluate provider and site (customer) expectations

Logical, analytical, and organized with the ability to direct and re-prioritize work quickly and efficiently

Ability to work in a fast-paced environment under multiple pressures and deadlines

Desired Qualifications*

Proficiency in Epic and/or Cerner documentation systems

Clinical background in perioperative care

Experience accessing Microsoft SQL Server and reviewing SQL code

Background Screening

Michigan Medicine conducts background screening and pre-employment drug testing on job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent job offer and may use a third party administrator to conduct background screenings.  Background screenings are performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Report Act. Pre-employment drug testing applies to all selected candidates, including new or additional faculty and staff appointments, as well as transfers from other U-M campuses.

Application Deadline

Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days.  The review and selection process may begin as early as the eighth day after posting. This opening may be removed from posting boards and filled anytime after the minimum posting period has ended.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.