Member of CRIME? Join our Slack team!

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We’ve created a CRIME Slack team to replace the Yahoo group for internal communication and polling.  Slack is great for group communication in channels, for direct messaging other Criminals, for document sharing and for searching (Slack is actually an acronym for Searchable Log of All Communication and Knowledge).

If you are not a frequent user of Slack for your work, have no fear!  Once you’ve joined, Slack will e-mail you if there are updates that you have missed.  You can also use an e-mail address to post to Slack if you prefer.

Everyone in the Yahoo group has been sent an invitation to the team.  If you can’t find your invitation please:

  1. to go
  2. click “Get Started”
  3. click “Join an existing team”
  4. enter your e-mail address and “Confirm”
  5. check your e-mail and follow the prompts

If you are new to CRIME, then please use our contact form to request a new invitation!

Download the MacOS, Windows, iOS and Android apps!

We’ve established the following channels.  To join a channel click “CHANNELS”.

  • #general (default channel, for announcements and polls)
  • #help (looking for advice?  have a question?)
  • #consortium
  • #jobs
  • #random (another default channel)

Feel free and add more channels by clicking the “+” button next to “CHANNELS”.

Instructions for polling and posting via e-mail are pinned at the top of #general.

If you have questions about Slack please see the Slack support page.



Inaugural META Working Group Meeting July 20-21, 2017

The WGEA CRIME group along with Stanford University hosted the inaugural MedEdTech Alliance (META) Working Group meeting from July 20-21, 2017. Fiften representatives from eight medical schools gathered together to share their technology integration experiences, identify priorities for a mission and vision statement for META, and create working groups. We were fortunate to have Valerie Smothers, Deputy Director of Medbiquitous, join us as our keynote speaker and an active participant in the working group discussions.

Goal of this Meeting

The goal of this inaugural meeting was to hear the voices of different medical schools, understand their needs and establish a collective direction for moving forward.  Prior to the meeting, those who had interest in META were asked to list the top technology/systems needs of their institutions and how centralization of data was being achieved. The key topics that surfaced were as follows:


These key topics were explored further as attendees participated in design-thinking sessions to define the following mission and vision statement for the consortium:


The mission of the MedEdTech Alliance (META) is to promote and advocate for a robust technology ecosystem that supports highly effective medical education and its continuous improvement through best practices, interoperability standards, and requirements convergence.


The vision of the MedEdTech Alliance (META) is to…
  1. communicate functional requirements for interoperability with a single voice;
  2. make META viable nationally through community and sharing;
  3. develop and evaluate best practices for interoperability between specific solutions on an annual basis.

Next Steps

Three working groups, created around the tenets of the vision statement, began to define key tactics to address in the coming year. Plans are to bring a broader audience into the conversation through one of the working groups and create momentum around consortium efforts. Initial focus will be on engaging the WGEA CRIME community and any school who has shared interests.

Thank you to the participants/schools represented at the Inaugural META Meeting:

  1. Jennifer Rose, Davina Smalley – Medical College of Georgia, Augusta University
  2. Valerie Smothers – Johns Hopkins University
  3. Pauline Becker, Erfan Mojaddam, Michael McAuliffe, Irina Russell, Mark Trenchard, Kim Walker – Stanford University
  4. Julie Youm – UC Irvine
  5. Christian Burke, Chandler Mayfield – UCSF
  6. Ryan Henyard – University of Michigan
  7. Bill Hill – University of Washington
  8. Matt Simpson – Queen’s University

Building a Medical Education Technology Consortium

We would love to start a conversation about collaboration between our institutions:

The Problem

  • Medical schools have a unique set of educational challenges due to the intersection of conventional instructional methods, teaching in the clinical setting and LCME accreditation requirements. Agreement on data standards, determining the best data transfer approach, e.g., to LCME, AAMC, ACGME, and finding an effective combination of tools/systems to manage a medical education program is difficult and centralizing data across systems is often labor and resource intensive.
  • A medical education consortium would help schools achieve common/shared solutions to these challenges.

Consortium Goals

  • To drive standardization and interoperability between educational technology tools/systems and data transfer used to support medical education
  • To bring medical schools together to collaborate, communicate and coordinate educational technology and implementation of standards
  • To represent the interest and needs of participating schools with vendors and content providers

Potential Consortium Models

  • Working with third-party vendors common to schools in the consortium, e.g., Instructure, to generate needs requirement lists and integrate feature sets that address unique medical school requirements
  • Working with medical education vendors, e.g., Ilios, MedHub, to create integrations to third-party vendor systems, e.g., Canvas
  • Driving solution development to address common medical school management system needs, e.g., Entrada Consortium
  • Identifying the systems/applications where/how interoperability efforts through IMS LTI and Caliper Analytics have the most impact
  • Working with MedBiquitous to develop standards for representing competencies and curriculum management to address other areas of medical school management, e.g, required clinical experiences

Initial Phase (May 2017 – December 2017)

Our plans for the initial phase include:

  • A focus on learning management systems (LMS) and curriculum management systems integration
  • Identification of the top 3 features that would address the needs of most medical school needs not currently available in an LMS
  • Promote adoption of the MedBiquitous standards beyond curriculum inventory and IMS Global (LTI, Caliper)

Join the discussion by clicking here!

Welcome to the new CRIME site!

Welcome to our new online home for CRIME!

We are excited to launch a new space for sharing, collaborating and community. One of our goals for launching here is for each school to have a presence on this site. We have set up a school directory to link to your educational technology pages so that we can all have central access to your existing resources. We also invite each CRIME school to develop their own spotlight page to highlight the great things you are doing at your institutions! These are your pages and you should feel free to update this page as often as you would like. We will share more information on how to start updating your school spotlights soon.

In addition, to promote further community engagement, we have started a Slack team for CRIME as a companion to this site. Please be sure to sign up using the link on the Home page if you would like to join the CRIME conversations. (Note that the current CRIME Yahoo group will be decommissioned in 6 months on November 1, 2017.)

We look forward to collaborating with you here and throughout the year!

WGEA 2014 CRIME Meeting – Hawaii

originally posted by Janet Corral

The next CRIME meeting will take place at the WGEA 2014 meeting in Hawaii: 

The WGEA 2014 CRIME meeting will be Sunday March 23, 9-12noon
The joint CRIME and LIME meeting will be Monday March 24, 1:30-4:30pm

The Agenda for the Meeting will be posted shortly, including room location for the meeting. 

Another relevant activity at WGEA 2014 is the AAMC Pivio project would like feedback on their application. They will be hosting a lunch on Sunday March 23 to gather requirements. If you want to participate, meet in the lobby of the Ala Moana hotel at noon on Sunday March 23 and walk over to Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. 

Details for the meeting in Hawaii may be found on the WGEA 2014 website.

Agenda for CRIME Meeting at AAMC 2011

originally posted by Michael Campion

Tuesday, November 8th, 2011
9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
GEA Meeting Room, Convention Center 204
Denver Convention Center


Review CRIME projects/events since WGEA

  • July Webinar: iPad Initiative at UC Irvine
  • E*Value and B-Line user groups
  • Listserv activity

Highlight CRIME activities at AAMC

  • Members presenting
  • GIR Educational Technology Workgroup Open Forum – Monday, November 7, 5:15pm
  • CRIME Dinner – Tuesday, November 8, 7:00pm,
    Rock Bottom Brewery – 1001 16th Street Unit A-100

Upcoming webinar topics/scheduling

  • Curriculum mapping
  • Integrating Electronic Medical Records into the curriculum
  • Other topics?

Other projects to consider

  • iPad/Tablet survey and review

Planning for WGEA 2012 @ Asilomar


Report Examines Medical Education IT Investments

originally posted by Kevin Souza

Screen Shot 2017-05-03 at 3.43.05 PMA new AAMC Analysis in Brief provides a national snapshot of information technology (IT) infrastructure investments by the academic medicine community. The study examines the results of the 2009 Medical School IT survey administered by the AAMC’s Group on Information Resources. The results showed that there is shared funding of IT services and shared responsibility for providing those services among medical schools, which reflects efforts to manage the cost and complexity of delivering services across a diverse environment.