Where can I go to pursue a career in dental informatics?
In general, there are not many training programs or opportunities that offer dental informatics content. The University of Pittsburgh is offering the oldest and most established program (see http://www.dental.pitt.edu/informatics/postgrad.php), which has certificate, masters, PhD and postdoctoral options. It is the only program of its kind in the US that is dedicated entirely to dental informatics. Other biomedical informatics training programs (http://www.amia.org/education/programs-and-courses) offer training also, but tend not to cover dentistry very much. The OHSU and Columbia biomedical informatics training programs have graduated dental informaticians in the past.
One option to begin a career in dental informatics is to learn about dentistry and computer/information science separately. If you already are a dentist, the dental knowledge should be taken care of. You could then get a degree in a reputed computer/information science program, which many universities offer, and at least get started with dental informatics that way. Some current dental informaticians have taken this route.
Last update: Feb. 5, 2015
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