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Medical Education
Bridges Curriculum

The New iROCKET Student Dashboard Launches

The Dashboard project is being developed, through a partnership of Medical Center Information Technology and Medical Education, to benefit and guide student learning and advisement. It is built specifically to provide students with timely evidence about their performance, partly in response to requests by previous UCSF medical students. Phase 1 launched in January 2015.

“At UCSF, we believe that medical students should have data-based tools to chart their individualized course through the curriculum, as an important component of the lifelong learning skills they are developing. This tool represents a shift that is happening in medical schools. The old model has medical schools cataloging what they teach in subject areas and how long it takes their students to learn the content.  Now we are asking the learners to provide evidence of competency across multiple domains important to the practice of medicine.” 

- Dr. Karen Hauer, the incoming Associate Dean of Competency Assessment and Professional Standards

Dashboard Features

Information from multiple assessments are compiled in the Dashboard and made accessible to students and their mentors. The integrated view of performance data allows students to gauge their strengths and determine areas for improvement in multiple essential competency domains. 

The Dashboard displays easy to read color-coded proficiency metrics:

  • Green bars show areas where students are at or above competency
  • Yellow bars show areas in which students are below expected performance and highlight where the student should pay special attention for moving forward 
  • Red bars show areas in which students are not at expected competence and should seek guidance and generate a learning plan in order to not fall behind. 

The program captures all of these assessments, providing students with easy access and instant feedback regarding their performance across multiple domains.  The tool also allows students to drill down into the content, helping them to identify areas of strength and areas for improvement. Students can become more effective learners through self-evaluation and can guide their own studying and exam preparation based on the information. They can also develop data-driven action plans with their faculty mentors. The Dashboard also provides a class average, using anonymized aggregate data to show each student where their performance is in relation to their classmates.  This presents a context for their own performance without compromising the privacy of other students.  

Mentors/coaches can access a visual, at-a-glance report to help guide mentorship and advising. Professionalism measures are also tracked in the first phase of the Dashboard implementation, allowing the student and mentor to track professionalism measures for each student, such as attendance and clerkship professionalism ratings.

 “Already the Dashboard has proven to be a valuable tool for the Advisory College mentors. The ability to review multiple pieces of data as well as longitudinal data describing students’ performance enhances our services by helping them understand what skills they have successfully acquired and aiding in making informed decisions about the likely best next steps to move their professional development forward. It improves transparency of information which decreases the stress students sometimes feel from not knowing whether they are meeting expectations.”

- Dr. Carol Miller, Clinical Professor of Pediatrics and Advisory College Mentor for UCSF School of Medicine. 

Hauer noted, “The Dashboard provides personal information similar to what physicians use in their practices to track data such as discharges, surgical volume, readmission rates or patient satisfaction.  It gives students experience working with personal outcome data.”  

The ultimate goal of the Dashboard is to provide students the data they need to manage their progress through the curriculum and prepare them as lifelong learners for their residencies and careers.  It supports the goals of the Bridges curriculum, which will emphasize student reflection, learning, planning and adaptive expertise.

The Dashboard will be completed in several phases, in tandem with the rollout of other aspects of the Bridges Curriculum. Phase 1 was launched in January 2015 with information related to student performance in two of the UCSF MD competencies: professionalism and medical knowledge. Future phases will incorporate the other competency domains, new assessments built for the Bridges Curriculum, and opportunities for student reflection and learning planning with their mentors/coaches.


Dashboard Development Leadership Team:

School of Medicine: Karen Hauer, Bonnie Hellevig, Padmaja Gade
Medical Center IT: Jeff Love, Sandy Ng