Quality learning experiences depend on a well-planned curriculum
designed to meet your learners’ needs.
A strong curriculum lays the groundwork for successful CME. Your curriculum should address your learners’ needs and their resources, and should include three components:
Educational grants often require these materials as well.
us for a consultation, and we will be happy to help you design
a curriculum that meets your CME goals.
Identify the major problem your program will address.
Demonstrate its scope and importance with hard data, including
references and/or statistics. Are physicians obtaining inadequate
information from patients? Are treatments for a condition applied
inconsistently? How does the current situation fall short of an
ideal situation? If the problem is solved, how will patient care or
patient outcomes be affected?
Think about the healthcare professionals you want to target and describe the specific education gap your program will fill. Use data to support your claims in this section as well. Show that an education gap exists, and show its effects on patient care and outcomes. What resources do your targeted learners already have? How does your proposed content fit their scope of practice?
Clear, measurable objectives tell your learners what to expect from your program. They also help you select appropriate teaching strategies and develop useful methods for assessment.
Work to make your program’s objectives SMART: Specific,
Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and Time-bound. You may also find
Taxonomy useful. It categorizes educational activities into
three domains—cognitive, affective and psychomotor—and
identifies levels of learning within the cognitive and affective
domains. Comparing your objectives to these categories can clarify
them and help you determine the best ways for your curriculum to
How can you use hands-on experience, group learning or other
interactive teaching methods? What methods will make the best use
of your learners’ resources to meet your objectives? How will
you measure your program’s success at filling the education
gap you identified?
A well-organized environment dramatically improves your
learners’ experience. Plan out your program’s details
well ahead of time and review your plan shortly before your
activity takes place. Revise, clarify or add to your plan as
needed. Your evaluations will reflect the time you spend
How will you communicate the program’s objectives to your
learners? Outline exactly what material you will cover and the
teaching methods you will use. If your activity includes multiple
speakers or several events over a period of time, how will you
build these elements into a single, meaningful program? How will
you address unexpected events, such as delayed speakers, faulty
equipment or questions outside the program’s scope?
Design feedback mechanisms to assess your learners’ performance and evaluate your program. Our programs commonly use ratings forms, self-assessment forms, questionnaires, tests, direct observation, performance audits and group discussions for evaluation and feedback.
Your program objectives inform the teaching methods you develop, and the effects of your teaching methods show up in data from your feedback mechanisms. This data helps you reframe your program objectives on an ongoing basis.