Redesigning UICOM Phase 2 Curriculum

The University of Illinois College of Medicine (UICOM) is currently underway in redesigning the curriculum from the ground up. Phase 2 of the curriculum at UICOM involves what is typically known as the 3rd year of medical school (M3) and required / optional clerkships to complete.

The clerkships on each campus have typically run very independent of each other in many ways. For example, the Peoria campus clerkships had not previously used Blackboard, the learning management system (LMS) at UICOM, while the Chicago and Rockford campus clerkships use it. Another example, each clerkship on the Rockford and Chicago campuses used a separate Blackboard shell to house content. In keeping with the style and design of Phase 1 where all curricular content is housed within one Blackboard shell, there are three shells for Phase 2, one for each of the campuses, and all clerkships are housed within it. This is a departure from how it has been done in the past, and a presented some challenges to organize content.

Here are some examples of how I used a product called Lucidchart to diagram the existing curriculum layout in Blackboard for each clerkship, and how it might look in the new design.

LucidChart for Ob/Gyn Clerkship in Chicago

The beige boxes represent the existing curriculum and specific items that are visible to students.

The coral colored boxes represent the existing curriculum and specific items that are not visible to students.

The blue boxes represent the new curriculum layout.

Chicago Campus
Here are some of the mockups used in redesigning the Chicago campus clerkships.