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Randy Cordle, MD/Lisa Howley, PhD

Course Description

This longitudinal course will lead those involved in developing curriculum for medical, nursing and allied health education through a hybrid asynchronous and synchronous process. Participants will acquire new or expanded knowledge in curriculum development through guided collaborative design framework based on Kern’s model .

Online modules will be completed by participants, which will review basic steps and theoretical background of curriculum development. The collaborative learning sessions will involve discussion and teamwork between participants in developing their unique curricula. At the conclusion of the course, each participant will have a fully developed curriculum for personal use and submission to a peer reviewed publication (e.g. MedEdPORTAL ).


1-3 (Variable depending on individual’s curriculum) hours/week

Session Dates

September 19, 2013  5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
October 17, 2013  5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
November 21, 2013  5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
December 19, 2013  5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
January 16, 2014  5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
February 20, 2014  5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
March 20, 2014  5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
April 10, 2014  5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
May 15, 2014  5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

About the Series

In this series, learners will:

  • Apply Kern’s Six Steps to Success model of curriculum design.
  • Develop a unique and personalized educational curriculum.
  • Participate in collaborative feedback sessions to enhance curricula.

Recommended Background

While no specific prerequisite knowledge is required, this course will be most beneficial to individuals who are actively engaged in developing curriculum for medical education.


Participants must be a Atrium Health employee engaged in the education of healthcare professionals. Participants are expected to complete a series of online modules (n=6) and attend monthly group sessions. We realize schedules are challenging, however if participants cannot commit to at least 6 of the 9 sessions, we request you defer participation until a future offering. Space will be limited. There is no cost to participants.

Suggested Readings

The following resource will be referenced throughout the course and will be purchased for all registered participants.

Curriculum Development for Medical Education: A Six-step approach. The Johns Hopkins University Press. Baltimore. 2009. Kern, D., Thomas, PA, Hughes MT.

Course Format

  • Module 1- Kick Off, Introduction
    • Come prepared to share your general idea for the curriculum you want to develop.
  • Module 2-Problem identification/General Needs Assessment
  • Module 3 - Targeted Needs Assessment, Part 1
  • Module 4 - Targeted Needs Assessment, Part II / Goals and Objectives
  • Module 5- Educational Strategies
  • Module 6- Pilot & Evaluation
  • Module 7-Curriculum Implementation, Evaluation, and Feedback
  • Module 8-Maintenance, Enhancement, and Dissemination
  • Module 9- Graduation & Showcase

Course Registration

  • To register, please send a message to and respond to the following questions:
    • Name of prospective participant
    • Specialty area
    • Have you participated in a formal curriculum development course or training in the past?
    • Why do you want to participate in this series?