This will wrap up our discussion of the concept of curriculum. Future blogs will address objectives within the curriculum and how to crosswalk these concepts with the unique identity of your training program. Then we will move on to the subsequent Standards.
Let’s briefly review what we’ve covered so far:
- The curriculum is the map or guide for all activities that ‘touch’ the trainee.
- The curriculum presents the ‘big ideas’ and main concepts to all those involved with delivering the experiential learning to the trainee.
- The curriculum specifies the domains of learning, the competencies and the objectives.
- The curriculum includes the how, what, where and when of the training program.
- The curriculum integrates evaluation and assessment into the delivery of training, and uses the feedback from the formative and summative assessment/evaluation to make adjustments to the program.
Now turning our attention to how to design curricula -- the outcome drives the design. Design backwards; deliver forwards. Creating a compelling learning environment that is anchored in a meaningful curriculum is not easy – but the rewards are well worth the effort. We are literally creating fertile ground for the growth and development of our next generation of leaders in healthcare.