Expanding Academic Medicine through the Continuum of Learning Initiative

Eric Wilkerson BS, Association of American Medical Colleges

The AAMC made the strategic decision to expand the scope of MedEdPORTAL (MEP) and embark on a new initiative called the Continuum of Learning Initiative (CLI). The aim of the CLI is to unite multiple data- and service-driven programs into a single, integrated education portal that links curricula, training innovations, teaching tools, and assessment resources across the entire physician-education continuum. The new system, released through a phased-delivery approach will expand the breadth and depth of academic medicine. The CLI will expand the scope of MedEdPORTAL to introduce a suite of new portals including:

• Innovations Portal - A new portal focusing on creating networks of communities around medical education innovations. The portal will enable educators to submit and locate ideas that are new, policies that work, and submit innovative approaches that are in the early stages of adoption.

• Curriculum Inventory Portal - A new portal focused on gathering and analyzing, reviewing and comparing curricula information from existing curriculum management systems that are being utilized by the majority of AAMC-member institutions. This new portal will allow for robust reporting and benchmarking on a national level. The CIP will use MedBiquitous competency and learning object standards to exchange data with commercial and non-profit educational entities.

• Performance Improvement Portal - A new portal focused on providing educational, research, quality improvement, logistical and other resources to the academic CME community. The new integrated suite of portals will provide all users (e.g. educators, learners, physicians in practice, etc.) searching any of the individual portals with related links to relevant content in each of the other Portals thus promoting learning across the entire continuum of medical education. The aforementioned suite of portals will be released through a phased-delivery approach over the next five years. Each portal launch will expand the breadth and depth of academic medicine through a seamless and interactive system, providing a multi-faceted learning experience.