iMedEd Release Notes 8.27.18

WGEA Mini-Grant Proposals Due September 30, 2018

The Western Group on Education Affairs (WGEA) Call for Mini-Grant Proposals is NOW OPEN.

The WGEA seeks to promote scholarship in medical education and advance the community of scholarship within the Western region.  To that end, funds are available for investigators via a mini-grant program.  Investigators can request up to $5,000 to initiate a new study or up to $1,000 for completing an ongoing study.

• The Principle Investigator must be a faculty member at a WGEA member school
• Applicants may submit only one proposal per cycle and may not be an author on any other proposal currently receiving WGEA and national GEA funding
• Applicants may not be current members of the WGEA executive committee

Priority will be given to multi-institutional studies that will enhance the community of scholars in the Western region.

Deadline: 11:59 PM PST, September 30, 2018

Please review the full call for further information:


iMedEd Release Notes 8.17.18

Choosing Colors Wisely

When creating a new presentation or designing a website, selecting the right colors can have an impact on how your learners/audience respond to your content.  Picking colors that work well together in designer-inspired palettes is challenging for most.  Fortunately, there are online color tools and apps to help you rise to the challenge when access to designers is not an option.
Three tools to consider include:

Coolors – generate a palette of colors by simply pressing the spacebar
Canva Color Palette Generator – use a favorite photo as an inspiration for generating a color palette
LOLColors – select from a simple collection of curated palettes of color


iMedEd Release Notes Version 8.3.18

Livestream of White Coat Ceremony

The White Coat Ceremony for the incoming Class of 2022 medical students will be held at the UCI Bren Events Center tonight, Aug. 3, 2018 from 7-10 p.m.
The UC Irvine School of Medicine welcomes you to join us online through a livestream of the event captured by the Division of Educational Technologies.

To view the livestream of the White Coat Ceremony tonight, please visit:

Archived footage will also be available following the event at

Congratulations to the incoming Class of 2022!


iMedEd Release Notes Version 7.20.18

AAMC Virtual Education Event

The Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) will offer a virtual medical education event from July 30 – August 3, 2018. The focus of the event is competency-based medical education (CBME) and quality improvement/patient safety (QI/PS). Experienced experts and educators in CBME and QI/PS will lead the virtual sessions that feature a combination of live and pre-recorded presentations. Attendees will gain access to downloadable resources and have an opportunity to chat with the presenters. Updates and information on AAMC’s latest initiatives in medical education will also be shared.

To learn more about this event and view the complete agenda, or to register, visit: AAMC Virtual Medical Education Event


iMedEd Release Notes Version 6.22.18

Check with Aunt Bertha for Community Services

Technology enables a lot of people to connect to a lot of information. Aunt Bertha is a great example of using technology in this way. This site helps people find free or reduced cost services like medical care, food and job training in their own local community. You will find many resources on Aunt Bertha in the UC Irvine campus zipcode as well as the UCI Medical Campus zipcode. If you have patients in need of services and community support, consider Aunt Bertha as a resource to share with them.

For more information, visit: Aunt Bertha


iMedEd Release Notes Version 5.25.18

UCISOM Student Handbook

The UC Irvine School of Medicine Student Handbook is reviewed annually prior to the start of the MS1/MS2 academic year in August and the MS3/MS4 academic year in May. Accordingly, the Student Handbook has recently been reviewed and updated for the new students who began their clerkships this week.

If you need a refresher on the key School of Medicine policies pertaining to the learning environment, we invite you to visit the Student Handbook site. In particular, we want to bring your attention to the technology-related policy on Social Media, Email and Personal Devices.

This policy is important as our new MS3’s are the first class to engage in HIPAA-compliant electronic communication through TigerText. If you need to reach a third-year student using TigerText, you can find them in the Medical Center Phonebook found on the Intranet.

Please join us in welcoming this new class at the hospital!


iMedEd Release Notes Version 5.11.18

2018 Key Issues in Teaching and Learning

The EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI) is a leading community of institutions and organizations of higher education that are committed to advancing learning through the innovative application of technology. The ELI surveys this community annually to determine the key issues and opportunities in teaching and learning. In 2018, more than 900 community members voted on the topics identified below:

1. Academic Transformation
2. Accessibility and Universal Design
3. Faculty Development
4. Privacy and Security
5. Digital and Information Literacies
6. Integrated Planning and Advising Systems for Student Success (iPASS)
7. Instructional Design
8. Online and Blended Learning
9. Evaluating Technology-based Instructional Innovations
10. Open Education
11. Learning Analytics
12. Adaptive Teaching and Learning
13. Working with Emerging Technology
14. Learning Space Designs
15. NGDLE and LMS Services

Each of these issues can be explored further by visiting the resource links and an infographic at the following site: ELI 2018 Key Issues in Teaching and Learning.


iMedEd Release Notes Version 4.27.18

Defining a Curriculum

Curriculum can be implemented through many evidence-based methods using a variety of effective resources. To support aggregate reporting on different educational methods and resources across medical schools, the American Association of Medical Colleges (AAMC) and the MedBiquitous Consortium (MedBiquitous), created a standardized vocabulary through which medical schools can communicate about their curriculum to the AAMC. MedBiquitous is a developer of information technology standards for healthcare education and quality improvement and is accredited by the American National Standards Institute.

This standardized vocabulary includes a common set of instructional and assessment methods and resource types that can be used to identify and describe a medical school curriculum. For our Office of Medical Education, this terminology helps to provide a consistent way to generate a curricular map of our learning activities to share with the AAMC and for internal continuous quality improvement purposes. For instructors, this list could also serve to generate ideas for new ways to teach and assess learners. Each curricular term in the list is defined and often includes examples and a citation for reference. Reviewing this list may provide a reminder to try a new type of assessment or investigate an innovative resource.

For more information, visit Curriculum Inventory Standardized Instructional and Assessment Methods and Resource Types.


iMedEd Release Notes Version 4.6.18

Project Management Tools

Tackling projects big and small typically requires monumental feats of organization, tracking and communication. While spreadsheets, calendars and email do a lot to help in managing a project, there are a breed of tools that focus primarily on supporting project management. These tools often include features such as coordinating to-do lists, supporting team workflows, tracking time and enabling faster group communication. If you are managing any type of project (e.g., curricular reform, new departmental initiative, continuous quality improvement), consider these tools to help you stay on top of your implementation:

  • Asana – free plan available for up to 15 team members.
  • Trello – free plan available for one project.
  • Freedcamp – free plan for basic team collaboration.
  • Smartsheets – free 30 day trial.
  • Wrike – free plan available for up to 5 users.

iMedEd Release Notes Version 3.9.18

Simple Tools to Create Professional Graphics

We have often heard the saying “A picture is worth a thousand words.” Creating presentations or educational resources can greatly benefit from finding the right image or graphic to help illustrate a point or help a learner remember a concept. Yet for those of us who do not have the skills to create the images/graphics to meet our teaching needs, it is difficult to take advantage of the educational benefits that images can provide. Fortunately, there are many tools that are available to help the graphically-challenged. For example, consider the three tools below that require no technical or design expertise and are free to use:

  • Autodraw is a very cool, easy-to-use tool created by Google Creative Lab that uses machine learning and artificial intelligence to turn your sketches into professional illustrations by guessing at what you are trying to draw. Illustrations can be saved and downloaded for use in creating digital content. This app was developed by the CDC to summarize their 2016 opioid guideline and includes instruction on how to perform motivational interviewing with pain patients.
  • Beam is a simple tool that helps you quickly create bar charts, pie charts and line charts for an attractive visualization of your data. Charts can be saved and downloaded for integration into reports and presentations.
  • Paper is a sketching app for an iPad/iPhone that helps turn free-hand drawings into digital art with features like auto-correction to snap rough drawings into straight lines and shapes. Sketches can be saved as images and/or exported into Powerpoint and Keynote.