Curriculum Development


Kern, D, Thomas, P, Hughs, M (2009). Curriculum development for medical education: A six-step approach. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press. 

"Curriculum Development for Medical Education is designed for use by curriculum developers and others who are responsible for the educational experiences of medical students, residents, fellows, and clinical practitioners." Short, practical, and general in its approach, the book begins with a broad overview of the subject. Each succeeding chapter covers one of the six steps: problem identification and general needs assessment, targeted needs assessment, goals and objectives, educational strategies, implementation, and evaluation. Additional chapters address curriculum maintenance, enhancement, and dissemination." (

Kurtz, S, Silverman, J., Draper, J. (2005). Teaching and learning communication skills in medicine. Oxford: Radcliff Publishing.
"This book and its companion, Skills for Communicating with Patients, Second Edition, provide a comprehensive approach to improving communication in medicine. It examines how to construct a skills curricular at all levels of medical education and across specialties, documents the individual’s skills that form the core content of communication skills teaching programs, and explores in depth the specific teaching, learning and assessment methods that are currently used within medical education." (

Core Competency Objectives in Behavioral Science Education
Circa 1986. Describes the state of the art of Behavioral Science Education in the mid-1980's. Features exemplary curriculum and teaching strategies at the time.


Resource Guide for Behavioral Science Educators in Family Medicine
Published in 1999, this text examines the teaching of specific behavioral science content areas and the educational methods used to transmit this information to resident learners. Major portions of the document are devoted to multiple synopses of behavioral science content taught and methods used in teaching. Other chapters provide the history of the behavioral sciences in medicine and a discussion of the psychological theories behind this teaching.

Society of Behavioral Medicine
This website includes a searchable archive of behavioral health course syllabi 

American Academy of Communication in Healthcare (AACH)
The AACH is the behavioral health organization associated with our Internal Medicine faculty development organization. It features multiple conferences of interest to behavioral health faculty, including an annual conference related to team development. It is also the site for, with 41 complete instructional modules, each with numerous interactive funcions and simulation videos. The cost is based on subscription fees.

Other Resources

Family in Family Medicine Graduate Curriculum and Teaching Strategies
1989 survey on teaching family systems and family interviews, and numerous examples of curricula.

LIFE Curriculum
Learning to Address Impairment and Fatigue to Enhance Patient Safety
The LIFE Curriculum is a collaborative effort of Duke University Hospital, the UNC Hospitals, the NC AHEC, and the NC Physician's Health Program to assist graduate medical education programs, their residents, and faculty to prevent, identify, and manage resident fatigue and impairment. The project is funded in part by a grant from the Josiah Macy, Jr. Foundation.