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.


iMedEd Release Notes Version 2.16.18

New Library Resource: Access to the Sanford Guide

Institutional access to the Web Edition of the Sanford Guide, a topic-based resource that focuses on treatment of infectious disease, is now available through the Grunigen Medical Library.

To access, visit

If you would like to access the Sanford Guide from a UC Irvine site (e.g., medical center or campus), simply click on the link above.

If you would like to access the Sanford Guide (or any library licensed online resource) from off-site, you must be “authenticated” as a valid user on the UC Irvine network using a software virtual private network (VPN).

For more information on connecting with the VPN, visit, and enter the below credentials:
Server –
Group Name – UCIFULL

Note: The Sanford Guide, and most of the medical online resources, do not work using web VPN.

iMedEd Release Notes Version 1.31.18

AAMC GEA 2018 National Educational Grants Program

The Medical Education Scholarship Research and Evaluation (MESRE) section of the AAMC’s Group on Educational Affairs is pleased to announce the call for letters of intent for the 2018 National Educational Grants program.

This grant is for the funding of research in health professions education.

A limited number of pre-proposals will be invited to submit full grant proposals. Selected proposals will be funded at a maximum of $10,000. Pre-proposals are due Feb. 27, 2018.

Click here to view details on the submission guidelines and a template for the letter of intent.

Project proposals and inquiries should be addressed to Brian Mavis, PhD, Chair of the GEA National Grant Committee, at

iMedEd Release Notes Version 1.19.18

Educating Learners through Innovation and Technology (ELITe) Conference

Check out the inaugural year of the Educating Learners through Innovation and Technology (ELITe) Conference — Early bird registration ends on Jan. 24.

Come to the Great Wolf Lodge from Feb. 21-23, 2018, and learn to be a phenomenal educator at ELITe Conference.

This three-day conference is designed for health professions educators across all specialties. Education has rapidly changed over the past ten years. Rather than just lectures and textbooks, educators can now choose from podcasts, vodcasts, free open access medical education (FOAM), massive open online classrooms (MOOC), simulation, gamification and audience response systems as instructional techniques or augmentations.

The focus of the ELITe Conference is different — Educators will walk away from the conference with a tangible product.

The conference will first provide focused sessions on innovative approaches to education challenges — from learning objectives to learner engagement, to simulation. Those sessions are then followed up with more in-depth hands-on sessions to help you create and improve your curricula, slide and presentation design, team-based learning, podcasts, oral boards cases and simulation cases. These are followed by open sessions during each day that you can use to keep working on your projects or take advantage of the conference venue. The course faculty will be available during these sessions to provide you with additional guidance and support. Additionally, the course will provide an onsite production team to help you craft your first podcast or try your hand at advanced podcasting techniques.

Our goal is for you to leave ELITe with a better understanding of how to best use educational theories and technologies to engage their learners in a variety of formats.

We look forward to having you join us in February!

iMedEd Release Notes Version 1.12.18

Best Medical Apps of 2017

The market of mobile healthcare apps for both patients and providers continued to grow during the past year. For those seeking new ways to use their mobile devices as a resource at the point of care, review the list of notable apps for providers released in 2017 that has been compiled by the team at iMedicalApps. This list includes:

  • CDC Opioid Prescribing Guidelines App
    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.
  • AlzDxRx
    This app was developed by the San Diego County Medical Society Foundation to help providers screen, diagnose and manage patients with Alzheimer’s disease.

  • Sepsis Timer
    This app offers a timed checklist and clinical decision support to help providers perform key sepsis treatment steps within recommended timelines.

The full list of the apps above can be found at: Best Medical Apps of 2017.

iMedEd Release Notes Version 12.15.17

Technology Trends to Follow in 2018

As the year draws to a close, it is a worthwhile time to reflect on where we have been and where we plan to go. With respect to technology, Moore’s Law, coined by Gordon Moore, the co-founder of Intel, continues to hold true: computing abilities will increase at an exponential rate (while decreasing in cost). Technology has impacted healthcare and medical education in many ways, and will undoubtedly continue to do so as Moore’s Law makes it hard to ignore. How can we prepare to effectively embrace the affordances that technology can provide to us?

In the spirit of New Year’s resolutions and lists, here are some of the top trends to follow for the coming year (Marr, 2017):

Trend 1: The increasing datafication of our lives
Trend 2: The Internet of Things (IoT) and how everyday devices are becoming more ‘smart’
Trend 3: Exponential growth in computing power is fueling massive tech advances
Trend 4: The incredible rise of artificial intelligence (AI)
Trend 5: The unstoppable freight train that is automation
Trend 6: 3D printing opens up amazing opportunities for manufacturers (and others)
Trend 7: We’re interacting with technology in very different ways
Trend 8: Blockchains: An invention that could change our world
Trend 9: Platforms are the way forward for businesses

For more information, read “9 Technology Mega Trends That Will Change the World In 2018”.

The iMedEd initiative is actively exploring trend 7, using virtual and augmented reality, and will report more on our progress in 2018. In the meantime, we wish you a safe and happy holiday season!

iMedEd Release Notes Version 12.01.17

Announcing the Winners of the 2017 Med ARJam

From Nov. 1-17, the School of Medicine hosted the Med ARJam competition with the Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences (ICS). The Med ARJam is an evolution of the Med AppJam, a student-to-student competition that pairs medical students with ICS students to create mobile health apps. The Med ARJam shifted the focus of the competition to the integration of augmented reality using Apple’s ARKit for mobile healthcare. This year, 19 medical/bio students and 72 ICS students competed on 15 teams during the two-week time period.

A showcase of all 15 apps was held at The Cove on Nov. 17, 2017, followed by a judging event where teams rotated to give short pitches to a panel of judges. Dr. Warren Wiechmann, associate dean of Clinical Science Education and Educational Technology, represented the School of Medicine on this panel. The winning teams announced at the awards ceremony that evening were as follows:

1st Place – Augmented Reality First Aid
Augmented Reality First Aid gives concise information on basic first aid techniques so that users are not intimidated by the large blocks of text. The app encourages interaction with the model through augmented reality, immersing the user in the world of first aid. This non-text focused approach not only keeps users engaged but also allows those with limited English to still learn something from the tutorials.

Team Members:

  • *Steven Chang, Biomedical Engineering
  • Patrick Hahn
  • Michelle Woo
  • Danielle Lavigne
  • Brandon Lavigne

2nd Place – Pill ID
Pill ID is an app that will use the camera and AR to identify loose pills not found in their original container. Patients often remove pills from their packaging and do not remember what they are or how much to take. Pill ID aims to take user images to rapidly identify a pill and give additional information including dosing and side effects.

Team Members:

  • *Inbal Epstein, MS2
  • Vatsal Rustagi
  • Vishnu Manivannan
  • Harrison Huang

3rd Place – AR Doc
AR Doc helps people accurately evaluate their own symptoms using augmented reality and provides an easy way to communicate with health care providers. By providing a human anatomy body as a reference in the app, users can rotate, get closer, go farther and mark the exact location where they are feeling pain. The patient is then led through a guided questionnaire/checklist that asks for more specific details on their ailment, which will later be used to provide a clear summary for the doctor.

Team Members:

  • *Nabila Haque, MS2
  • Yuran Yan
  • David Liu
  • Tiffany Yu
  • Simeon Lam

Join us in congratulating the winnings teams and all participants for their innovation during this unique competition!

iMedEd Release Notes Version 11.17.17

2018 Educating Learners through Innovation and Technology (ELITe) Conference

The 2018 Educating Learners through Innovation and Technology (ELITe) Conference is a three day conference, designed for health professions educators across all specialties. Education has rapidly changed over the past ten years. Rather than just lectures and textbooks, educators can now choose from podcasts, vodcasts, free open access medical education (FOAM), massive open online classrooms (MOOC), simulation and audience response systems as instructional techniques.

The focus of the ELITe conference is different. Educators will walk away from the conference with a tangible product. First, we will introduce how to leverage technology with education. Second, we will have working sessions throughout the day to help you create curricula, team based learning, podcasts, simulation cases and oral boards. We will have an onsite production team to help you start and practice your podcasting.

For more information, visit: 2018 ELITe Conference.