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Despite the need for greater application of informatics techniques in the process of clinical care, biomedical and health informatics workforce training has traditionally been aimed at generating researchers. The American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) has recognized the importance of increasing the number of health care professionals able to assume operational informatics roles. In particular, the AMIA 10X10 program is a multicenter, online initiative that aims to train 10,000 applied informaticians by the year 2010  . This program and other similar certificate programs represent important opportunities through which surgeons can learn about and subsequently work in informatics. In addition, the National Institutes of Health, through the NLM, continues to fund centers for training academic informaticians through both predoctoral and postdoctoral (fellowship) tracts.
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