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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.

CI Data Restricted vs. Unrestricted

One of the focus groups covered a concept we have been discussing with various groups for a few months – whether Curriculum Inventory data should remain restricted – meaning that institution names are not provided with the data, and reports are only in aggregate. Other similar data sources at the AAMC are unrestricted – meaning that, in certain circumstances, with appropriate review and approval, institution names could potentially be included for medical education research projects. This concept was discussed at the CI Update session at Learn Serve Lead, and the overwhelming response was to leave the data restricted, as it has been since the inception of the Curriculum Inventory. In other words, no change! We are open to continued discussion as the CI evolves or if interest in the possibility of unrestricted reports develops.  If you have questions, concerns, suggestions, or just wish to clarify what this means, please contact tcameron@aamc.org.

Physician Competency Reference Set (PCRS) Update

We are building the Task Force that will work with us to review and revise 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.  We hope to begin work on this project in January. This will be a time-consuming task that will take at least a year to complete, and will not impact the 2016-2017 Curriculum Inventory Upload.

CI Report Update

The CI Advisory Board will begin a detailed review of all CI reports this month to determine if the reports are easily interpretable, which reports should include historical trends, and what additional explanations are necessary. Revised reports will be published on an ongoing basis for the next few months, and will be highlighted in the monthly CI Administrator Group webinars.

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.

CI Administrators’ Group

The CI Administrators’ Group meets at 1 pm ET the second Wednesday of the month. The next webinar will take place February 8, 2017. Please register here.

CI Research Group

The CI Research Group continues to flesh out eight potential research projects, define data needs to support those projects, and will be reaching out to other groups with similar research interests to look for potential collaborations. The first small group has been formed to focus on one research project, and we are in the process of pulling data to support that project.

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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