Our curricula

The IDEA platform is utilized by four national infectious disease curricula

National HIV Curriculum

Provides ongoing, up-to-date information needed to meet the core competency knowledge for prevention, screening, diagnosis, and ongoing treatment and care of HIV.

Visit HIV Site 

National STD Curriculum

Addresses the epidemiology, pathogenesis, clinical manifestations, diagnosis, management, and prevention of STDs.

Visit STD Site 

Hepatitis C Online

A comprehensive resource that addresses the diagnosis, monitoring, and management of hepatitis C virus infection.

Visit HCV Site 

Hepatitis B Online

A comprehensive resource that addresses the diagnosis, monitoring, and management of hepatitis B virus infection.

Visit HBV Site 

IDEA platform

benefits these three core groups

For Learners

the IDEA platform provides a rich learning experience for those in a clinical setting to enhance their knowledge and skills in particular domains of infectious diseases

One Account

An IDEA account works across all of our web sites.

Available on any device

Offering a tailored experience for desktop computers, tablets, and mobile phones.

Free CE

Free CME and CNE credits are available.

Consistent User Experience

A uniform user experience across websites utilizing our platform.





 CME credits awarded


 CNE contact hours awarded

For Educators & Managers

the IDEA platform enables educators (e.g. residency directors, clinical managers, senior fellows, and advanced residents) to create learning groups to track progress of their learners

Example analytics for a group
Analytics for the Question Bank include detailed break down for each question.

Group Dashboard

A single place to manage groups of users (e.g. learning groups, training cohorts, student clusters).

Group Progress

Quickly view progress and scores of groups of users or drill down into the progress and scores of individual users.

Group Analytics

Identify knowledge gaps and view knowledge gains over time for both individuals and groups of users.





 Learners in Groups

For Academic and Government Partners

Dr. David Spach's team at the University of Washington developed the IDEA platform to support robust curriculum design for large-scale infectious disease initiatives led by Academic and Government partners

A hands-on activity requires the use of a tool to answer a question.

Subject Matter Experts

All of our contributors are experts from national universities.

No Pharma Bias or Funding

All funding received from U.S. government grants.

Instructional Design Expertise

Access to world-class expertise in curriculum design and clinical infectious disease management.

Content Management Tools

Efficient back-end tools for subject matter experts to update content in real-time, ensuring updated material across the curriculum as knowledge changes over time.

Variety of Learning Mediums

Written core concepts, hands-on-activities, check-on-learning questions, question banks, expert opinions, etc.

Assessment of Topic Mastery and Curriculum Effectiveness

Opportunities for knowledge assessment of individual groups and programs through pre and post testing.

Check-on-learning questions are presented throughout the reading material.

[this platform] has been the foundation of our California Department of Health-funded HCV in Primary Care initiative. Using the curriculum both for bedside teaching, reference, and individualized self-study, we have trained primary care physicians in HCV management and have vastly increased our treatment capacity. I have been particularly impressed with the speed with which new medications and guidelines have been incorporated on the website. HCV treatment has been a rapidly evolving field, and www.hepatitisc.uw.edu has kept pace with the latest advances.

Christian Ramers, MD, MPH
Director, Graduate Medical Education
Assistant Medical Director, Research & Special Populations
Family Health Centers of San Diego

For our large scale, CDC-funded Test-and-Cure HCV initiative we used this platform to train providers and expand the number of active treaters across King County. The value was being able to ensure knowledge baselines across different institutions (community clinics, public hospitals, HMOs, public health departments) with a flexible delivery model.

John Scott, MD, MSc
Medical Director, Telehealth
Associate Director, Hepatitis and Liver Clinic
Harborview Medical Center


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Our Team

While the contributors for each project differ, our core team responsible for all projects is based out of the Department of Medicine at the University of Washington in Seattle, and consists of

David Spach, MD


Kent Unruh, PhD

Data Scientist

Andrew Karpenko, BS

Software Engineer

Bruce Maeder, BA


Julia Freimund, BA

Program Manager

Karin Bauer, MS, MA

Data Manager

John Young, BS, BA

Web Developer

Heet Palod, BS, MS

Cloud Engineer

Mary Annese, MPA

Copy Editor