Many medical students participate in informal learning and professional development outside of their medical schools, often extending the time needed to complete medical school in the process. While these activities may be enriching and important, the data on these experiences is often buried in a letter of introduction. As a result, educational trajectory data is difficult to access, compare, and quickly comprehend for residency programs, medical schools, and national organizations. Technology standards are necessary to enable common ways of expressing and transporting this data between systems, which increases the ability of medical schools and national organizations to understand and compare individual learners’ trajectories and assess trends in educational trajectory within or across medical schools.
Develop an XML standard and accompanying guidelines to support the tracking, planning, and audit of learners’ educational trajectories across medical schools and national organizations. Educational trajectory is the path of an individual learner through one or more programs of study and includes a sequence of formal curricular activities and events, informal professional development activities and events, and breaks in matriculation. Educational trajectory is likely to be different for every learner.
- Increases the ability of health professions schools, training programs, and national organizations to understand and compare individual learners’ trajectories and assess trends in educational trajectory within or across schools.
- Allows systems to document learner competency and create portable data.