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.



CRIME Webinar: Digital Resources at the AAMC

Please join us on June 28, 2018 at 12pm PT/3pm ET for a webinar featuring guest speaker Anne Farmakidis from the AAMC. Anne will be sharing with us the vision for the medical education digital resources and scholarship unit at the AAMC as well as the broader medical education cluster, with specific focus on digital resources and educational technology. This will be a great opportunity to learn about how the CRIME community can contribute to the AAMC’s technology initiatives.

To view the CRIME Webinar from June 28, 2018 at 12pm PT/3pm ET, visit the link below:

Click here to view the CRIME Webinar: Digital Resources at the AAMC

Speaker Bio

Anne Farmakidis is the senior director of medical education digital resources and scholarship at the Association of American Medical Colleges.  A longtime member of the publishing and communications teams at the AAMC, Anne joined Alison Whelan and the medical education cluster this past November. In this role, Anne leads the AAMC’s efforts to advance digital learning tools and innovations for the advancement of medical education, and is responsible for establishing and implementing the vision and strategy for digital education tools and solutions along the continuum of medical education. Concretely, the two peer-review journals Academic Medicine and MedEdPORTAL are part of her portfolio along with the Curriculum Inventory and the digital repository, iCollaborative.  On the personal side, Anne lives in a snug little row house in Alexandria, Virginia with her husband, Kevin, and their rescue kitty Fiona (a Hurricane Harvey refugee who in her 7 short months in their home now owns the place!).

CRIME Meeting at WGEA 2018: OERs and MOOCs

We have scheduled an interesting and timely presentation for the CRIME Meeting, March 24, 2018 on OERs and MOOCs with two outstanding speakers from the University of Colorado, Deborah Keyek-Franssen, PhD, and Jaimie Henthorn, PhD.

The agenda for the meeting on March 24, 2018 is as follows:

Location: Westin Downtown Denver

1:00PM-2:00PM Guest Speakers: OERs and MOOCs
2:00PM-3:00PM CRIME Member Updates and Spotlights
3:00PM-4:00PM Unconference

Speaker Bios

Deborah Keyek-Franssen, PhD, is Associate Vice President for Digital Education and Engagement at the University of Colorado System and responsible for MOOC strategy and implementation for three campuses, as well as coordination of all-campus initiatives such as OER and high impact practices. She has represented the CU campuses in the shaping OER state legislation.​

Jaimie Henthorn, PhD, is Program Manager for Digital Education and Engagement at the University of Colorado System and responsible for healthcare MOOC facilitation at the Anschutz Medical Campus as well as management of state authorization, encompassing accreditation and compliance​.


Join us for the CRIME Webinar on Thursday, January 18, 2018 from 12-1pm PT for a conversation on BYOD and an update on META. Patrick Crispen from USC and Erfan Mojaddam from Stanford will be sharing the perspectives on the BYOD approach from their respective institutions.

The slides (including the link to the recording) are available here:


Speaker Bio

To learn more about Patrick Crispen, EdD, visit: Patrick Crispen, USC

To learn more about Erfan Mojaddam, visit: Erfan Mojaddam, Stanford

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)

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