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Connecting Skills and Knowledge to Macro-roles

Our Framework for Curriculum Development

Each health Information Technology/Information Management (IT/IM) professional is conceived as fulfilling a role (for clarity we term these macro-roles and examples include CIO, Researcher, and Consultant). A professional in a macro-role faces challenges (challenges equate to major job functions, and examples include strategic planning and technology procurement). In order to address these challenges, the IT/IM professional performs micro-roles (micro-roles are job sub-functions; micro-roles related to the challenge "technology procurement" include requirements definition and options analysis). Each of these micro-roles requires that the professional have specific skills, knowledge, and experience (these are the required professional competencies). We have defined a curriculum to be the content and sequencing of educational modules that impart these skills, knowledge elements, and experiences.

Ref. Pointing the Way: Competencies and Curricula in Health Informatics by H. Dominic Covvey (University of Waterloo), David Zitner (Dalhousie University) and Robert M. Bernstein (University of Ottawa), October 2001, ISBN: 0-9688782-0-2.