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Curriculum Inventory and Reports (CIR)

Curriculum Inventory and Reports (CIR) 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.


Preparation for 2016-2017 CI Upload

The Curriculum Inventory Portal will open for uploads of Academic Year 2016-2017 data on August 1 and will remain open until September 30. The Staging area is now open, but, because we have moved to a new server, the location has changed. Developers and vendors wishing to begin test uploads may do so at: http://apps.staging.aamc.org/ci-school-web. This does not affect use of the 'Production' CI Portal – that is still accessed at www.aamc.org/cir.

In preparation for the Portal open, Verification Reports and XML files from the 2015-2016 CI Upload Cycle will be deleted on June 9.  If you wish to retain copies of these files, please log in to the Portal using the link in the upper right corner of www.aamc.org/cir and download the files by June 9.

If you have changed your curriculum management system since last year’s upload, you will need to log in to the Portal, click on Manage Sender, and make sure your current vendor is selected. The system has been updated with our two new vendors.

If your Curriculum Dean or CI Primary Administrator has changed since last year, please check the Manage Users section of the Portal to ensure we have the correct names listed for those roles. You might also review all of the other roles you have assigned in your Portal. Curriculum Deans and Primary CI Administrators can add and remove users with the roles CI Administrator and CI Viewer. Please send a request to ci@aamc.org to update Curriculum Dean and Primary CI Admin roles.

We offer several training options for faculty and staff new to the Curriculum Directory or for those who wish to refresh their memories. The schedule for these webinars is as follows:

Wed., May 24, 3-4:30 pm ET: Curriculum Inventory for Curriculum Deans and Admins (Register)
Wed., May 31, 3-4:30 pm ET: Curriculum Inventory Developers’ Workshop, Part I (Register)
Wed., June 7, 3-4:30 pm ET: Curriculum Inventory Developers’ Workshop, Part II (Register)
Wed., June 14, 3-4:30 pm ET: Curriculum Inventory Developers’ Workshop, Part III (Register)
Wed., June 21, 3-4:30 pm ET: Curriculum Mapping Workshop (Register)

For descriptions of these webinars, please visit the Training and Resources section of the CI website.

Documenting Clerkships

As we have discussed in many settings, documenting clerkships continues to be a major issue for all of us – what is the definition of a clerkship?, where can you find data to document clerkship activities?, what is the best way to document those activities?, and how does what each school document affect aggregate CI Reports? We are bringing a group of schools together for a three-hour WebEx to brainstorm these and other questions.  We currently have 12 schools involved and want to keep the group to a workable size, but, if you have ideas you think would be helpful to the group, please let me know, and we will include you. If you have questions or challenges you think the group should discuss, please send them to ci@aamc.org. This issue will also be a major point of discussion at the CI Advisory Board, CI Research Group, and Vendor Retreats. Results of all of these discussions will be compiled into a Documenting Clerkships Workshop to be presented this fall.

CI Report Update

Results of the CI Advisory Board review of Curriculum Inventory reports was briefly discussed at the April CI Advisory Board meeting and will be a major issue for this summer’s retreat. In the meantime, implementation of the changes has begun and will continue over the next few months. As always, we also very much appreciate all of your comments and suggestions – this is your site, and we want to do all we can to make it work better for you.

CI in Context

The May CI in Context highlights Tackling the Opiate Epidemic Through Educational Innovation and Partnership by Dr. Melissa Fischer, University of Massachusetts Medical School. View all CI in Context Issues

If you are interested in providing commentary on an existing CI Chart or have an idea for a new CI Chart for which you would like to provide commentary, please contact tcameron@aamc.org.

CI Administrators’ Group

The CI Administrators’ Group meets at 1 pm ET the second Wednesday of the month. The May 10 agenda includes CI Updates, particularly: preparation for the 2016-2017 Upload process, including the schedule for Spring/Summer webinars; presentations from recent regional meetings; updates on the CI for CQI and Accreditation Task Force and the CI Research Group; and a medical school highlight on the University of South Dakota by Dr. Shane E. Schellpfeffer. If you have ideas for additional agenda items, please send them to tcameron@aamc.org by May 8.

CI Research Group

CI Research Group members reviewing challenges and issues related to the diversity of CI data and providing feedback for the Best Practices for Curriculum Documentation that we are developing.

CI for CQI and Accreditation

The CI for CQI and Accreditation (CICA) reviewed and compared their self-organized data with CI results at their April meeting.

Curriculum Inventory in the Literature


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


CI Resources


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