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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

Last Chance to Download 2014-2015 Verification Report:  In preparation for the August 1 CI Portal open, we will be removing all existing files. If you have not yet downloaded your 2014-2015 Verification Report and/or XML upload file, and you wish to retain copies, please download them before July 6. After that date, the files will no longer be in your Portal.

MedBiq CI Standardized Vocabulary Update Clarification: For THIS year (e.g., beginning August 1, 2016), there are no required changes to the vocabulary – we are assuming that most schools have already entered their data using the previous vocabulary.  As you are entering data in your curriculum management systems for Academic Year 2016-2017, there is one new instructional method:  IM031 (Patient Presentation – Patient) and one ‘new’ assessment method that is actually a renaming of the current AM015 (Practical, Lab) to AM019 (Exam – Institutionally Developed, Laboratory, Practical). AM015 will remain in the table for historical purposes, but will not be reported. Resources continues as an open text field, but we would appreciate use of the terms listed for Resources in the MedBiq CI Standardized Vocabulary.

Update your Contact Information in the CI Now!  We are continuing to update 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 of www.aamc.org/cir 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.

Let us Know if We can Release Your Name:  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 email to ci@aamc.org if you would like to have your contact information available to colleagues. This will NOT attach school names to actual data – it will just provide a separate report listing the schools included in a particular report; e.g., if we run a report on Substance Abuse, we will produce the usual report AND a separate document that includes the names of schools that cover Substance Abuse.

CI Participation Criteria: In our first three years, we have accepted incomplete datasets from a small number of schools undergoing transition, beginning new curricula, etc. Our intent is that schools will build their data each year, and not continue to upload one course per academic level, or only one academic level. We are following up with schools with incomplete datasets now to see what we can do to assist with this year’s upload.

CI in Context

The July CI in Context highlights Years or Phases of the Curriculum in Which Medical Schools Require Students to Take the USMLE, with commentary by R. J. Canterbury, MD, University of Virginia School of Medicine. Issues of Curriculum Inventory in Context (CIIC), are available to download, review, and discuss in MedEdPORTAL’s iCollaborative.

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.

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 July 13 agenda includes brief updates on 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. The Medical School Highlight will be the University Nebraska by Gary Beck Dallaghan, Ph.D. If you have ideas for additional agenda items, please send them to tcameron@aamc.org by July 11.

CI Research Group

The CI Research Group now has its full complement of 10 medical school members:

Jorie Colbert-Getz, PhD, University of Utah, SDRME
Carolyn DuFault, PhD, Washington University, CGEA
Steven Durning, MD, PhD, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, NEGEA
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
Arianne Teherani, PhD, University of California – San Francisco, WGEA

The group continues to meet monthly to review CI data and develop medical education research projects based on the data.

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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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