Many medical students participate in informal learning and professional development outside of the medical school, 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. This in turn will increase the ability of medical schools and national organizations to understand and compare individual learners’ trajectory as well as 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 trajectory 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.
- Provides a consistent format for describing a learner's path through one or more programs of study, including informal professional development and breaks in matriculation.
- Increases the ability of health professions schools, training programs, and national organizations to understand and compare individual learners’ trajectory and assess trends in educational trajectory within or across schools.
- Supports the tracking, planning, and audit of learners’ educational trajectories across health professions schools and national organizations.