UBC has adopted the use of the MeSH (Medical Subject Headings) taxonomy for mapping the curriculum.
Choosing a maximum of 10 appropriate and effective keywords for your session allows the generation of accurate and meaningful reports that identify what, where and when topics are being covered. These reports are essential in identifying gaps and redundancies in the current curriculum and are the basis for the development of the new 'spiralling' curriculum.
MeSH - Medical Subject Headings
MeSH is the National Library of Medicine's controlled vocabulary thesaurus. It consists of sets of terms naming descriptors in a hierarchical structure that permits searching at various levels of specificity.
MeSH descriptors are arranged in both an alphabetic and a hierarchical structure. At the most general level of the hierarchical structure are very broad headings such as "Anatomy" or "Mental Disorders." More specific headings are found at more narrow levels of the twelve-level hierarchy, such as "Ankle" and "Conduct Disorder." There are around 28,000 descriptors in the 2015 MeSH keyword list. There are also over 218,000 entry terms that assist in finding the most appropriate MeSH Heading, for example, "Vitamin C" is an entry term to "Ascorbic Acid." In addition to these headings, there are more than 219,000 headings called Supplementary Concept Records (formerly Supplementary Chemical Records) within a separate thesaurus.
- Excerpt from NIH website
MeSH Keyword lists are updated annually - Last Update May 2015