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Monday, February 27 • 10:00am - 10:45am
(SNOWBIRD) A Deeper Dive into Curriculum Mapping: Creating a Searchable Curriculum Map

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Abstract Body: Objectives: After this session, attendees will be able to: Describe the purpose and utility of curriculum mapping in medical education. Conceptualize a simple curriculum map design and how it can be leveraged to perform robust curriculum searches and report on curriculum gaps, redundancies, and course design and evaluations. Discuss the experiences, hurdles, and best practices of a medical school who recently implemented a curriculum map, search tool, and reporting system. Problem: As medical schools move forward with developing curriculum mapping frameworks to better capture and evaluate their programs, many have realized just how limited the available resources and stated best practices are in this area. Also limited are affordable, adaptable, yet robust software options for searching and reporting on curriculum data. Methods: The presenters will share lessons-learned and best practices identified while developing a curriculum map, search tool, and reporting system at the University of Colorado School of Medicine (CUSOM). While this discussion will focus on the use of Tableau® software as an interactive data visualization tool, the design of the curriculum data mapping that will be presented also lends itself to using universally-available software such as Microsoft Excel and Access software for data searches and reporting. The small group discussion will focus on sharing other schools’ efforts in curriculum mapping design, and curriculum search and reporting tools. Topics covered will include: Overview of the purpose, goals, and utility of curriculum mapping in undergraduate medical education. Overview of the curriculum mapping framework implemented at the CUSOM. Demonstration of an interactive data visualization software, Tableau®, used to provide a robust curriculum search tool, along with user-defined reporting capabilities. Lessons learned and considerations for creating a sustainable curriculum map and reporting system. The CUSOM began their curriculum mapping initiative in 2014. The primary driver for this effort was similar to many other medical schools’ – the need to be able to effectively capture, monitor, and report on the medical school program’s curriculum. After pursuing several different curriculum mapping software solutions, a simple “home-grown” curriculum mapping structure was designed and implemented. The simplicity of the curriculum map design facilitated the use of a robust, cost-effective interactive data visualization software, Tableau®. This presentation will highlight CUSOM’s curriculum map and provide a demonstration of the newly-launched curriculum search tool. In addition, we will share Tableau’s reporting capabilities used to both assess course design and inform course evaluations. Target Audience: Curriculum deans, faculty, education technology, curriculum administrators. 

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Michele Doucette

Assistant Dean of Integrated Curriculum, University of Colorado School of Medicine
I currently serve as the Assistant Dean of Integrated Curriculum for Undergraduate Medical Education at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. Much of my current focus centers on managing, collecting, validating, and mapping course curricular elements for all four phases of the medical school curriculum. In addition, I oversee the day-to-day management and delivery of the Medical School curriculum.

Monday February 27, 2017 10:00am - 10:45am

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