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EU-funded projects BCIME – Building Curriculum Infrastructure in Medical Education

Coordinator Coordinator: Komenda Martin

Duration Duration: 2018–2021

The Building Curriculum Infrastructure in Medical Education (BCIME) project creates an innovative, intuitive and well-structured system for curriculum optimisation, easily applicable in practice. In doing so, BCIME will bring a significant contribution to speeding and improving the long-term process of medical and healthcare curricula accession.

Based on local needs and requirements of all involved institutions, one common preclinical study discipline and four different medical disciplines will be completely mapped and optimised to prove modernising effects as well as practical application of BCIME outputs.

Due to the open and modular approach of the platform’s framework, interdisciplinary study programmes will be easily designed and managed, duplications in curricula will be detected and minimised wherever needed, and missing components and teaching units will be identified. Furthermore, the open structure and the methodology itself will allow to use mechanisms not only in medical disciplines, but also in any other study branches and disciplines offered across higher education in all participating countries. The concept of this project is therefore interdisciplinary and can be applied without any methodological restriction also at other education institutions in partner regions.

Project objectives

Based on an in-depth needs analysis, which provided a set of local institutional requirements related to the goals, aspirations and current features of curriculum systems, BCIME has been designed to provide a coherent, comprehensive framework encompassing all necessary instruments for optimal curriculum management. The main project objectives are:

  • To share know-how in the field of curriculum design, innovating on and optimising the proven methodology of parametric description (curriculum building blocks) and step-by-step manual for curriculum development.
  • To create new descriptions of selected curriculum parts in partner institutions in accordance to the local needs analysis and institutional requirements, while in full compliance with international standards.
  • To define and solve new curriculum mapping research and exploratory questions and issues and to explore hidden relations in described curricula with the use of natural language processing, data/text mining, machine learning, analysis and visualisation.

Building on previous efforts of project partners, especially MU in the OPTIMED project (funded by the European Social Fund and the state budget of the Czech Republic) and MEDCIN project (funded by the European Commission ERASMUS+ program), the BCIME project brings highly relevant benefits from methodological and technological perspective. It generates general guidelines for medical and healthcare curriculum innovations based on detailed needs analysis. It creates new instances of standard-compliant curriculum management system. It provides a detailed description of selected parts of medical and healthcare curriculum on two-tier level: a major medical discipline, Anatomy, and a secondary medical discipline. It will define new medical curriculum mapping issues on gathered curriculum data and solved using analytical, nature language and machine learning methods. These tasks uncover hidden relations between curriculum building blocks and descriptive attributes and significantly enhance the process of curriculum optimisation. BCIME will produce three individual outputs:

  • Methodological and technical step-by-step manual on curriculum innovations in medical and healthcare study fields.
  • The outcome-based metadata description of selected parts of curriculum.
  • Solution of given curriculum mapping research and exploratory questions.

BCIME addresses the fundamental need of curriculum optimisation and standardisation for which, to the best of our knowledge there is no systematic solution based on proven pedagogical approaches and methodologies. It will make it possible to define, create, manage and analyse the curricula of medical and healthcare institutions of higher education within one robust system. Based on the presented outputs the BCIME will bring the methodologies, share experience using step-by-step manual and the curriculum management platform will be applicable also in any other study branches offered in university education systems.

Other important information:

  • Expert guarantors: Jaroslav Majerník, Martin Komenda, Inga Hege, Andrzej Kononowicz, Mihaela Moscalu
  • Funding: Erasmus+, 2018-1-SK01-KA203-046318, Building Curriculum Infrastructure in Medical Education (BCIME)
  • Partners: Pavol Jozef Safarik University in Kosice (Slovakia), Masaryk University (Czech Republic), University of Augsburg (Germany), Jagiellonian University (Poland), Grigore T. Popa University of Medicine and Pharmacy (Romania)
BCIME – Building Curriculum Infrastructure in Medical Education