Build or Buy? Curricular Design and External Basic Sciences Learning Resources
The next sea change in medical education, already under way in some medical schools, is the move from a model that sold information (which is now available at a low cost, anywhere, anytime) to one that provides the personalized support and resources necessary for students to build a career launchpad aimed at their unique professional aspirations.
In today’s age of cheap information, tuition dollars and limited organizational resources should provide access to insight, guidance, and opportunity. Reallocating time, faculty effort, and scarce medical education budgets from a local content model to one that leverages best-in-class electronic tools would allow a school to redirect their energies towards curricular elements not deliverable at a distance, but crucial for creating the type of doctor most aligned with a school’s mission. And institutions, in turn, freed from the content-creation treadmill, could focus not only on curriculum customization and innovation—graduating learners with deeper experience in research, quality improvement, patient safety, leadership development, and beyond—but also on developing the future leaders of medicine.