Medical Education Metrics Overview

As the Institute of Medicine and others call for reforms to Continuing Medical Education and other types of Continuing Education (CE) for the health professions, there has been an increasing focus on measuring the quality of CE activities. Often the outcomes data for CE activities is spread across disparate systems and formats, making it difficult to get the big picture on CE efficacy.

MedBiquitous Medical Education Metrics (MEMS) aims to change that. MEMS provides a standard XML format for CE outcomes data. The standard allows organizations to bring outcomes data together for better research. The standard is particularly useful for collecting validation data for standardized survey items. A companion specification allows CE providers and outcomes companies to post standardized survey items to a central database.  Corresponding validation data can be collected in central databases as well.

Using MEMS has many benefits:

  • Ability to collect and analyze comprehensive CE outcomes data from multiple systems
  • Easier collaboration with partners on the delivery and evaluation of CE
  • Facilitates the development of standardized evaluation instruments
  • Creates opportunity for industry wide data collection and research

A System using MEMS to Bring Outcomes Data Together

MEMS provides a common format for the following types of data:

  • Report description
  • Activity description
  • Participant survey data
  • Knowledge assessment data
  • Participation metrics, including credits awarded

MEMS was developed by the MedBiquitous Metrics Working Group. Visit the Metrics Working Group Page for details, or download the standard and implementation toolkit.