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.
This pilot implementation will represent a proven illustration of the conceptual way how the MedBiquitous standards can be effectively integrated into the practice. 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). 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. 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.
MEDCIN covers a methodology enhancing the process of medical curriculum standardization with the following outputs:
- preparation for the project through data and related information on the use of existing Medbiquitous standards implemented in curriculum management systems,
- overview of usable healthcare informatics standards in higher institution education,
- implementation of approved standards into the OPTIMED platform,
- assessment study of proposed guidelines,
- preparation of best-practice methodology (“how to standardize medical curriculum in accordance with series of agreements the at European higher education area”),
- perform a practical-oriented workshop, where all the necessary topics of medical curriculum standardization will be introduced,
- dissemination of the complex guidelines including best-practice methodology to the wider community particularly across the MEFANET network and the MedBiquitous consortium.