Medical Curriculum Innovations
Date du début: 1 sept. 2015,
Date de fin: 31 août 2017
The need for standardized curriculum particularly in medical education is indispensable. Today a comprehensive platform that would cover all necessary instruments for easy in-depth curriculum management is still missing. For any platform to achieve these goals, it is essential that data standards are used to enable the systems to communicate across organizations and implementations. The intention of the MEDCIN project is focused on these standards developments through MedBiquitous Consortium, the leading organization in the development and promotion of technology standards for the health professions. MEDCIN aims to systematically support medical educational process by unification of theoretical background (existing standard-based methodologies), reform endeavour (series of agreements the at European higher education area commonly known as Bologna Process) and powerful technological performance, and ensure more comparable, compatible and coherent systems of higher education in Europe.
During the project, best-practice methodology for achieving comparability of higher education quality across Europe will be proposed including exemplar case study illustrating the conceptual way how these standards can be effectively integrated into the practise. This pilot implementation will represent a proven illustration of the conceptual way how the MedBiquitous standards can be effectively integrated into the practice. The guaranteed and high-quality curriculum in medical education is still essential, because medicine does not allow any gaps in the knowledge obtained during studies and any error in medical practice may lead to fatal consequences. From the perspective of human cognition abilities, it is not possible to carefully read and verify whole curriculum (content of all learning units with all their linkages and co-dependencies). The use of proper data mining techniques and analytical methods can in-depth explore all sections of a curriculum. This is the reason why MEDCIN proposes an innovative methodological background including web-based visualization tool for comprehensive evaluation and map of medical curricula with the use of modern information and communication technologies. We aim to identify and validate novel, potentially useful patterns, which will significantly help curriculum managers/evaluators to make right decisions, and afterwards build a well-balanced medical curriculum. MEDCIN will not only eliminate poor transparencies in curricula, but will also help to improve teaching as such. Many medical and healthcare institutions have already described their curricula. The comparison of curriculum content is a challenging area, where no proven approach have been published so far. MEDCIN will introduce a new computational approach including a set of data mining and natural language processing techniques, which will be able to compare various curricula based on a standardized format. It will allow to draw a comparison between two apparently independent profiles of graduates. By using MedBiquitous standards, a wider applicability beyond the partnership will be ensured for the MEDCIN’s approach and model, disseminating more widely as an exemplar of best practice across Europe. The strength of the partnership and the experience obtained will allow MedBiquitous Europe to provide a stronger and coherent view of the European needs into developing data standards. The influence of this partnership on the discussion will ensure that future standards will have broader applicability and widespread use, and will allow them to directly further progress towards widespread European directives such as the Bologna process.
MEDCIN covers the underpinning methodology enhancing the process of medical curriculum standardization with the following outputs:
(i) preparation for the project through data and related information on the use of existing Medbiquitous standards implemented in curriculum management systems,
(ii) overview of usable healthcare informatics standards in higher institution education,
(iII) implementation of approved standards into the OPTIMED platform,
(iv) assessment study of proposed guidelines,
(v) preparation of best-practice methodology (“how to standardize medical curriculum in accordance with series of agreements the at European higher education area”),
(vi) perform a practical-oriented workshop, where all the necessary topics of medical curriculum standardization will be introduced,
(vii) dissemination of the complex guidelines including best-practice methodology to the wider community particularly across the MEFANET network and the MedBiquitous consortium.
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