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Medical Academic Performance Services (MedAPS)

MedAPS will offer tools to help member medical schools assess their achievement of education and accreditation standards.

Curriculum Inventory and Reports (CIR)

Curriculum Inventory and Reports (CIR), part of the AAMC's Medical Academic Performance Services (MedAPS) initiative, is designed to serve as the premier benchmarking and reporting tool on content, structure, delivery, and assessment of medical school curricula.

  • The Curriculum Inventory serves as the centralized database of AAMC-member medical school curricula, including content, structure, delivery, and assessment in the U.S. and Canada.

  • Curriculum Reports provide graphical interpretations of both aggregate and historical curriculum-related data that:
  • assist in curriculum benchmarking and continuous quality improvement;
  • provide resources to curriculum committees and faculty;
  • enhance medical education research; and
  • inform legislators and the general public.

CI in Context

The August CI in Context highlights Medical Schools Offering International Elective Courses: Average Number of Medical Students in International Elective Courses, with commentary by Linda A. Gwinn and Irma M. Frank, D.D.S., from Georgetown University School of Medicine.

Issues of Curriculum Inventory in Context (CIIC), are now available to download, review, and discuss in iCollaborative. View all CI in Context Issues External Link

Curriculum Mapping Analysis

As schools are beginning the process of mapping their curricula or considering a re-mapping based on a new curriculum or a curriculum renewal, they are looking for resources about what mapping terminology is available, the pros and cons of using each of the terminology sets, and ideas for making good use of the mapping when the process is completed. We are hoping you can take a few minutes to answer five questions in the Curriculum Mapping Analysis to help us create a resource that will help other schools involved in the mapping process. When we piloted this survey, it took less than 10 minutes to complete. A comment area has been provided for other information you think would be helpful to schools and/or to provide feedback regarding the survey instrument. Survey results will be compiled September 7, and a report will be posted to the CI Website under Training and Resources by September 12.

Thank you very much for your contribution to this process.

CI Administrators’ Group

August’s CI Administrators’ Group meets at 1 pm ET Wednesday, August 12. Agenda items include the upcoming Vendor Retreat, an update from the MedAPS Advisory Board Retreat, Curriculum Mapping Keyword Analyses, and the CI Standardized Vocabulary.  The Medical School Highlight will be the University of Texas Medical Branch – Galveston, by Christine Ford.

News and Updates

CIR Upcoming Meetings

CIR staff will be providing short updates at the AAMC Medical Education Meeting and Learn Serve Lead 2015: The AAMC Annual Meeting. Be sure to check the Exhibit Schedule for additional opportunities to talk with us in the Exhibit Hall. In addition, you can arrange one-on-one sessions by registering here.

2014-2015 CI Upload

The 2014-2015 Curriculum Inventory Upload Cycle began August 1 and ends September 30. Congratulations to the University of North Carolina for being the first school to verify their data! Our goal this year is 130 participating schools. We are also piloting Osteopathic School participation this year. More information about CI Uploads is available on the Curriculum Administrators page.

CI Website Update

We hope our new navigation panel has improved your experience with the CIR website. If you are have problems finding information, please send questions, comments, and suggestions to The Curriculum Reports page is being redesigned to make it easier to search for and access reports, and we are beginning the process of updating all existing CI Reports based on LCME Annual Questionnaire Part II with 2014-2015 data. We are excited to be adding new charts related to medical school admissions processes, number of scheduled hours per week, and quality assurance related to accreditation. Check back often for updates!

CI Standardized Vocabulary

The CI Standardized Vocabulary Subcommittee meets monthly with the goal of having a final update of Instructional Methods, Assessment Methods, and Resources ready for distribution at the 2015 AAMC Medical Education Meeting. Incremental updates are given at each month’s CI Administrators’ Group meetings. If you have comments or suggestions, please submit them using MedEdPORTAL’s iCollaborative discussion area for the CI Standardized Vocabulary.

MedAPS Advisory Board Retreat

The MedAPS Advisory Board held its annual retreat in Washington, DC, on July 24. The majority of the day was spent in focus group discussions on ASSET, ASSET Ongoing Monitoring for Improvement (OMI), CI to ASSET Pre-population, Curriculum Inventory, CI Clerkship and Electives Documentation, CI Standardized Vocabulary, CI Reports, Potential CI Expansion to GME, Potential Collaboration Opportunities with NBME, CI Interprofessional Education Documentation, and Physician Competency Reference Set (PCRS). Meeting notes will be posted in the near future.

We wish to thank Dr. Christopher Candler for his four years of service to MedAPS initiatives as he rotates off the MedAPS Advisory Board, and welcome Dr. Giulia Bonaminio, Research Professor and Associate Dean for Medical Education, University of Kansas Medical Center, as our newest Board member.

Curriculum Inventory in the Literature

Learn more about CIR and MedAPS through materials from past workshops and information sessions, available on the Training and Webinars page.

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