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Medical Curriculum Repository

In 1997 the College of Medicine set about documenting the curriculum in an electronic repository to assist curriculum planners, faculty teaching in medical school courses, and students. Fred Dee and Tim Leaven, Department of Pathology, developed the web-based repository called the Medical Curriculum Repository. The Medical Curriculum Repository is now maintained by OCRME staff member Nathan Lothamer.

The repository is organized by course but also searchable by topics and textwords, allowing for multiple uses. Faculty can search the repository by "M1/PA1 Class of 2018", for example, in order to determine the extent to which previous courses have covered a particular topic. They can access their previous year's presentation in order to edit it for the upcoming semester. Curriculum Committee members and ad hoc curriculum groups can use the repository to examine the depth, breadth and integration of specified content themes. Students can use their course web pages to complete practice exams and review lecture material, to access external web sites from links provided in course lectures, or to complete on-line course/faculty evaluations.

Information on the preclinical courses and most clinical rotations may be accessed through the curriculum repository. Most course web pages have been organized in a standard format for ease of use and contain Course Descriptions, Schedules and Lecture Content, Evaluations, and optional links to Practice Exams and/or Answers, Case Analyses, CT Scans and X-rays, Reprints, and Related Sites (e.g. Pathology Computer Programs, and Virtual Histology Laboratory).

The Medical Curriculum Repository is on an intranet accessible by unpublished address, username, and password. It is developed specifically for use by College of Medicine students and faculty. 

For further information, contact nathan-lothamer@uiowa.edu.