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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

As of midnight October 31, 141 medical schools verified data: 134 US medical schools (92%), five Canadian medical schools (30%), and two Osteopathic schools (7%). Thanks so much to all of you for all of your hard work to provide such a great resource for medical education benchmarking and research! We will start updating reports in the next few weeks and highlighting them at CI Administrator Group Webinars.

CI Focus Groups at Learn Serve Lead

Six focus groups have been scheduled during Learn Serve Lead. Because the schedule is so full, we have had to schedule them on Friday, November 11. For those who are unable to attend, results of the focus groups will be discussed at the December CI Administrator Group Webinar, and we will encourage additional input. All of the focus groups will be held in Convention Center 302:

  • Standardized Vocabulary: 10 am PT
  • CI Data for Data Warehouses: 11 am PT
  • CI Data Classification: 1 pm PT
  • CI and Educational Research: 3 pm PT
  • CI Support of CQI and Accreditation Documentation: 4 pm PT
  • Clerkship Documentation: 5 pm PT

Physician Competency Reference Set (PCRS) Update

It has been nearly five years since we released the Physician Competency Reference Set (PCRS) that serves as the aggregation tool for reporting on competencies in the Curriculum Inventory, and also as a tool for interprofessional education. With the June release of the Interprofessional Education Collaborative (IPEC) revised competencies, which comprise Domain 7 of PCRS, it is time for us to re-examine all of the health profession competencies we mapped against ACGME to create PCRS and see what other changes need to be made. This project will take at least a year to complete, and will not impact the 2016-2017 Curriculum Inventory Upload.

CI Report Update

Each year, we update all of the CI Reports based on new data from the LCME Annual Questionnaire Part II and CI Data. This year, the CI Advisory Board is assisting in a detailed review of the reports to determine if the reports are easily interpretable, which reports should include historical trends, and what additional explanations are necessary.

CI in Context

The November CI in Context discusses Attendance (Participation) as a Form of Assessment: What Do We Know and Does it Matter? by Dr. David Musick, Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine. 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.

Medical School Schematics

The Curriculum Inventory provides aggregate reports related to curriculum content, pedagogy, competencies, and structure, but there are times when it is helpful to see graphical interpretations (schematics) of a school’s curriculum. Visit the Medical School Schematics page on the CIR website to see schools that have provided their schematics. If you would like to post your schematic here, please send a URL or PDF of the file or to ciadmin@aamc.org.

CI Administrators’ Group

The CI Administrators’ Group meets at 1 pm ET the second Wednesday of the month. The November 9 agenda includes an introduction to AAMC’s new Chief Medical Education Officer, Dr. Alison Whelan; overviews of the data collected in the 2015-2016 Upload; a preview of the new Medical School Schematics page on the CI website; updates on the CI for CQI and Accreditation Task Force and the CI Research Group; a presentation from this year’s Western Group on Educational Affairs (WGEA) meeting: The Changing Role of Faculty as Facilitators as Medical Schools Increasingly Favor Interactive Classrooms over Lecture-based Instruction by Dr. Sharon Chen, Stanford School of Medicine; and a medical school highlight for University of Chicago - The Pritzker School of Medicine by Dr. Jeanne Farnan. If you have ideas for additional agenda items, please send them to tcameron@aamc.org by November 7.

CI Research Group

The CI Research Group has begun to flesh out eight potential research projects and define data needs to support them. The group will continue to meet monthly through Spring 2017, and then divide into groups to start working on projects. As part of this process, we will be looking at what other datasets can be queried in conjunction with CI data, and what other groups we can work with to expand options for medical education research.

CI at Learn Serve Lead

The agenda for this fall’s Learn Serve Lead is available for review and download now. In addition to sessions about curriculum initiatives and the CI Update Sunday, Nov. 13, at 4:30 p.m., we will be hosting several focus groups on Friday, Nov. 11, to help us as we plan our next steps.  Details about these focus groups are listed earlier in this update. We will be working content from Learn Serve Lead into CI Admin Group sessions beginning in December, for those who cannot attend.

CI Vendor Retreat

Eleven vendors joined us in person, and one by WebEx, for the CI Vendor Retreat – 10 hours of discussion over two days. Vendors shared issues they experienced in assisting schools with their uploads, and we shared some of the issues we had dealt with, and several changes were suggested that should result in smoother uploads in the future.

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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