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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.

2015-2016 CI Upload

Thanks to everyone who participated in this year’s webinar series in preparation for the 2015-2016 CI Upload Cycle, which begins August 1. Descriptions of the webinars and links to recordings and slides can be found under Training and Resources.

We are currently updating our contact information in preparation for communications during the upload cycle. Please check your CI School Portals (the log in option is in the upper right hand corner) to ensure that the Curriculum Dean and Primary CI Administrator contact information is correct. You can find this information under the ‘Manage Users’ tab of the Portal.

As you prepare for your 2015-2016 uploads, we have one additional data element we would like you to include – in response to continued requests for contact information for schools represented in reports, we are asking schools to work with their vendors / school developers to include RELEASENAME=Y or RELEASENAME=N as the first characters in the Program Description field. If neither option is found, we will assume RELEASENAME=N.  If you cannot add this information to your upload data, you can send an e-mail to if you would like to have your contact information available to colleagues.

This option will result in a file that includes contact information for the Curriculum Dean and Primary CI Admin at schools who have given us permission to include that information by adding RELEASENAME=Y to their data file. School names will not be linked in any way to data, so there will be no way to compare schools by data. This file will be a separate file (located adjacent to the current Download Data link under each report).  This will allow schools interested in collaborating or wishing to contact colleagues to ask questions to do so. For example, if a school wishing to change their Grading System to Pass/Fail in the pre-clerkship curriculum wished to ask schools currently using that grading system about potential outcomes of making the change, what schools should know before making the change, etc., the School Contact Information file could be downloaded, and those contacts could easily be made within minutes. This is also useful when looking for colleagues for research, presentation, or publication regarding particular content areas, pedagogy, or policies.

CI Standardized Vocabulary

The CI Standardized Vocabulary Subcommittee has posted revisions to the Standardized Vocabulary to MedEdPORTAL’s iCollaborative. The current document (which remains in effect for the 2015-2016 CI upload) and two versions of the proposed document (one with changes highlighted) are available. Please use the discussion area to comment and/or suggest changes. Due to delays in finalizing the Vocabulary, the revised version will not be used in the 2015-2016 CI upload. Use of the terms listed for Resources is strongly encouraged, but there are no new requirements for that terminology. The vocabulary will continue to be discussed by the CI Standardized Vocabulary Subcommittee and the MedBiquitous CI Working Group, and updated will be presented at monthly meetings of the CI Administrators’ Group.

CI in Context

The May CI in Context highlights Medical Schools Covering Medical Humanities in Required and Elective Courses, with commentary by Christine Todd, MD, Southern Illinois University School of Medicine. The June CIIC will focus on Coverage of Service Learning at US and Canadian Medical Schools by Rebecca Keller, PhD, and Ingrid Allard, MD, Albany Medical College.  Issues of Curriculum Inventory in Context (CIIC), are available to download, review, and discuss in MedEdPORTAL’s iCollaborative.

Thanks to all who replied to our call for CIIC authors. We have filled several slots in the July 2016 – June 2017 schedule of CI in Context, but still have several open months. 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

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

CI Administrators’ Group

The CI Administrators’ Group meets at 1 p.m. ET the second Wednesday of the month. The June 8 agenda includes brief updates CI Data Analysis; the CI to DCI Task Force; the CI Research Group; the new Curriculum Mapping Section on the CI website, and reviews of some key documentation issues, and two presentations from the Spring educational meetings: Best Practices for Choosing a Curriculum Management System by Alvaro Perez, MD, Universidad Central del Caribe, and Data Visualization by Christopher Vaughan, Boston University. The Medical School Highlight will be the University at Buffalo by Alan Lesse, MD. If you have ideas for additional agenda items, please send them to by June 7.

CI Research Group

The CI Research Group is a 10-member committee composed of members of medical education researchers at our member medical schools, including representatives of the major medical education groups: Research in Medical Education (RIME), Medical Education Scholarship Research and Education (MESRE), and the Society of Directors of Research in Medical Education (SDRME): 

Jorie Colbert-Getz, PhD, University of Utah, SDRME
Carolyn DuFault, PhD, Washington University, CGEA
Rachel Ellaway, MD, PhD, University of Calgary, Canada
Jeanne Farnan, MD, MHPE, University of Chicago, CGEA
Colleen Grochowski, PhD, Duke University, SGEA
Tanya Horsley, PhD, Royal College of Physicians, RIME
Brian Mavis, PhD, Michigan State University, CGEA
Martin Pusic, MD, PhD, New York University, MESRE

Two invited members have not yet confirmed participation. The complete member list will be available on the website by the end of June. 

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2014-2015 CI Upload

The 2014-2015 Curriculum Inventory Upload Cycle began August 1 and ended September 30. 135 schools uploaded curricula this year: 127 US schools and 5 Canadian schools. Three osteopathic schools participated in our pilot. Congratulations to the University of North Carolina (US MD), the University of British Columbia (CA), and Western University of Health Sciences (US DO) for being the first schools in each of their categories to verify their data! Regional first places go to: Central: University of Nebraska; Northeastern: George Washington University; Southern: University of North Carolina; Western: University of Nevada. A complete list of participating schools is available here . More information about CI Uploads is available on the Curriculum Administrators page.

Curriculum Inventory in the Literature

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

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