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Programs in Curriculum Development

Longitudinal Program

(Belinda Y. Chen, M.D., Director)

Wednesdays, 8 a.m. to noon
September 3, 2014 - June 24, 2015

This is a 10-month longitudinal program for health professions educators. Participants will learn about curriculum development and evaluation through didactics, discussions and a mentored curriculum development project. This program was developed by the international experts in curriculum development and evaluation who published the widely used text on the subject: Curriculum Development for Medical Education: A Six-Step Approach.By the end of the program, participants will have designed, piloted, and presented plans for the implementation of a curriculum in medical education relevant to the needs of their own institution, as well as to their own professional careers.

The program includes:

1) Interactive workshops on each of the six steps of curriculum development:

  • Problem Identification
  • General and Targeted Needs Assessment
  • Goals and Objectives
  • Educational Strategies
  • Implementation
  • Evaluation Methods

2) Expert-led sessions on specific aspects of curriculum development, such as:

  • Writing for publication and disseminating one’s work
  • Searching the literature and internet for educational articles and resources
  • Finding and applying for funding support
  • Obtaining IRB approval
  • Designing surveys
  • Using simulation
  • Using information technology to support medical education

3) A mentored curriculum development project, usually accomplished in teams of 2-5 participants, under the direction of a highly-trained faculty facilitator:

  • Work-in-progress sessions with other curriculum development teams wherein participants present and receive feedback on different stages of their work
  • Individual project team meetings with course facilitators to review progress and receive verbal and subsequent written feedback on each step of their project
  • Oral abstract presentation on their project before an invited audience
  • Submission of a paper on their CD projec


“One-on-one sessions with the facilitators with written feedback was invaluable.”

“I feel that I can present a curriculum to a department that is solid and that I have 'certification' to be one writing it.”

"Outstanding faculty and mentors; very well conceived and organized.”

“I did a year-long curriculum development course [elsewhere]; it pales in comparison to this CD course in the fundamental tools it proves to build a curriculum. I will use these skills for a lifetime!”


Individual workshops are offered for selected Teaching Skills and Curriculum Development content.

Introduction to Curriculum Development (half-day workshop)

  • Wednesday, January 28, 2015
  • Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Principles and Practice of Curriculum Development (two-day workshop)

  • Mondays, October 13 and 27, 2014
  • Thursdays, April 30 and May 7, 2015

Curriculum Development Practicum (15 individualized mentoring sessions to guide you through the six-step model with curriculum you are developing; prerequisite is prior completion of one of our other CD workshops/courses)

  • July 15, 2014 to July 16, 2015

To register, please contact Darilyn Rolfing at 410-550-0510 or You also may request a meeting to discuss planning a workshop customized to the needs of your group.


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