Curriculum mapping enables organizations to better manage and assess curricula by linking course material to learning objectives and accreditation criteria. It is an essential method in medical schools, teaching hospitals, residency training programs, and other medical education institutions supporting both MD and DO granting institutions.
Designing curriculum maps and curriculum plans can be a complex, tedious, and time-consuming process without the support of a consolidated tool. You need curriculum mapping software, along with a sufficient curriculum management plan which will provide a strategically consolidated process to achieve central curricular oversight in an effective and timely manner.
What Is Curriculum Mapping Software?
This type of software is used in various higher education settings. The software makes it easier to do lesson planning, align standards, identify gaps and redundancies, provide oversight, and develop new curricula and professional development offerings. A curriculum mapping tool can also facilitate brainstorming, developing, integrating, and launching a curriculum.
What Are the Benefits of Implementing Curriculum Mapping Software?
The best curriculum mapping software has easy-to-use functionality. The intuitive software allows you to create insightful, visual representations of how well your curriculum satisfies institutional standards and provides appropriate curriculum oversight for effective curricular alignment and assessments.
Curriculum mapping software streamlines the curriculum design process to identify gaps and redundancies; making it easier to manage complex data, timelines, scopes, and sequences of your lesson plans and learning outcomes. You will be able to quickly identify and address any issues which could negatively impact learner outcomes.
What To Consider When Choosing the Best Curriculum Mapping Software Tool
Acquiring a tool that will help you better serve your educators in planning effective curriculum to best prepare medical students and future residents and physicians is an important step toward institutional excellence. You should partner with a company that specializes in delivering actionable data in a clear, easy-to-comprehend hierarchical system to support your overall curriculum management. Here are some of the things to consider as you search for the right partner:
The healthcare and medical education landscape is constantly evolving. You need curriculum mapping software that can be easily integrated with new technologies and adapt to the changing environments in medical education. Strategically, this will allow you to keep up with shifting standards, ever-changing accreditation requirements, and competency-based medical education practices, and ultimately, fully meet student learning needs.
Expert Support from Day One
Implementing curriculum mapping software is not a one-time transaction. The support of in-house consultants, expert support specialists, and an implementation project manager is ideal when building a successful foundation within the intricacies of curriculum mapping. Working with a partner will not only help optimize your adoption of the software, but will also provide expert guidance for accreditation and curriculum mapping best practices, while continually advocating for the success of your program is essential.
Personalized Implementation Program
Prioritize an industry partner who can adapt quickly to your unique infrastructure, grasp the goals and values of your program, and offer effective recommendations. The organization you choose to partner with should also assign an implementation team who will guide you through the entire design and development process with set milestones and expectations.
After your curriculum mapping software is installed, your implementation team members should guide you through testing and be there to verify it meets (ideally, exceeds!) your expectations, in alignment with the goals and milestones originally agreed to. Experience in medical education, curriculum management, and accreditation go a long way when it comes to selecting the right partner for your institution.
When evaluating different UME and GME software solution providers, consider how they will support your program beyond the implementation. You want to work with a partner that will help you pursue your institution’s goals.
4. Dedication to your Institution’s Success
Your new medical education software partner should always be an advocate for your institution. You should have a single point-of-contact dedicated to your program or institution. This extension of your team, can connect you to experts to help troubleshoot high-priority issues when needed, and help you get the most out of your curriculum mapping software on a day-to-day basis.
Your partners should help you streamline the management of your curriculum, coursework, assessments, site management, and communications. Using their industry knowledge, you should be able to lean on them for expertise, best practices and efficiencies in optimizing your infrastructure, accreditation, and processes to help your institution enjoy ongoing success.
At MedHub, each client receives a dedicated client success manager as your single point of contact and advocate, who can help connect you to other experts such as in-house UME or GME consultants, finance consultants, MedHub support professionals, or even training experts.
How MedHub Can Help with Curriculum Mapping
MedHub is a company that is dedicated to helping medical education programs and institutions across the country prepare the next generation of physicians. We partner and follow national regulations like the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) Curriculum Survey and MedBiquitous Curriculum Standards. This means we have the knowledge and insight to provide customized guidance on curriculum mapping and efficient uploads to support standardization and advancement across the field.
At MedHub, our intuitive user interface provides searchable curriculum maps across programs, supports AAMC Curriculum Survey participation, and links between courses, sessions, and programs.
The MedHub Difference
We offer an intuitive curriculum mapping software functionality that is easy to use, and a support team that has in-depth experience in supporting programs and institutions just like yours.
When you partner with MedHub, you will develop valuable relationships with people who have real medical education expertise who take a direct interest in helping program administrators and leaders optimize their operations. When you contact a member of our support team, the person on the other end of the phone or email channel will be able to help you with system operation, troubleshooting issues, or the basic functions and features of the software you are using.
MedHub also offers on-demand and live training sessions. Implementing a new software system can be stressful if done in a sudden and arbitrary way. MedHub will relieve you of this burden by making your people comfortable with the new curriculum mapping software. Our training sessions aim to make every user competent in using the technology. We can partner with members of your team in-person or online.
If you are thinking of installing a new curriculum mapping software system, you should consider your various options. Working with MedHub will provide you with a range of top-end software solutions. It can put your mind at ease about data security and give you a partner as you move your graduate medical education program forward.