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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

The CI Portal opens for uploads for the 2015-2016 Upload on August 1. The "kick-off" webinar was on March 31, and the recording is available here. Several other webinars are scheduled in the coming weeks, and we encourage you to participate to keep up with new ideas!

  • Curriculum Inventory Developer Workshop, Part 1:
    1-2:30 p.m. ET Monday, May 2
    Register
  • Curriculum Inventory Developer Workshop, Part 2:
    1-2:30 p.m. ET Wednesday, May 4
    Register
  • Curriculum Inventory Developer Workshop, Part 3:
    1-2:30 p.m. ET Monday, May 9
    Register
  • Curriculum Mapping Workshop:
    1-2:30 p.m. ET Thursday, May 19
    Register
  • Documenting Clerkships and Electives
    1-2:30 p.m. ET Thursday, May 23
    Register

We hope to implement one change in the upload process this year, if time allows, and that involves setting up a ‘tag’ using an existing field that will give schools the option to include school names with the data. The school names will not be linked to the data in any way, but would be used to populate a link that allows you to view the names of the schools included in the data set. For example, if you wished to see the list of schools that use a particular instructional method, you could click on the chart to see the list of schools for that particular instructional method. I will be working with the CI Advisory Board and Vendors, as well as AAMC’s IT staff, to find the best way to implement this mechanism. There will be no actual requirement to use this ‘tag,’ – we are simply trying to find a way to meet your needs. We receive requests for school names from other participating schools on a regular basis, and our current approach is for me to e-mail the appropriate schools and provide contact information for the person who wants more information about the data. Most schools are more than happy to talk with others about the whys and hows, and I would like to facilitate this conversation by removing myself (and a very manual process) from the timeline.

Our goal is 100 percent participation by US medical schools with full accreditation this year! We are close, and I think we can do it! Why should your school participate?

  • The Curriculum Inventory is the culmination of a long history of the AAMC collecting information about medical education content, structure, and pedagogy to support:

    • Medical Education Research (medical school faculty and external researchers)
    • Continuous Quality Improvement / Benchmarking
    • Support of Curriculum Committees
    • Reporting on new trends
    • Responding to legislative inquiries or providing data when important issues are being discussed
    • Respond to media inquiries
  • The Curriculum Inventory is only effective when the data represents most, if not all, medical schools participate.
  • Only participating schools can request detailed Curriculum Inventory Reports.

We will be updating our Curriculum Dean and Primary CI Contacts over the next few weeks in preparation for this year’s Upload Cycle over the next few weeks. You can check to see who is listed in these roles by logging in to the CI School Portal (link in the upper right-hand corner of www.aamc.org/cir), and then choosing the Manage Users tab, and reviewing who is set up for access. Only AAMC Staff can make changes to Curriculum Dean and Primary CI Admin designees. Please send changes to ci@aamc.org.

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 Administrators’ Group

The CI Administrators’ Group meets at 1 pm ET the second Wednesday of the month. The May 11 agenda includes updates on a discussion on Best Practices for Gateway Exams; CI Data Analysis; the CI to DCI Task Force; the CI Research Group; CI Standardized Vocabulary; the CI Webinar Schedule; a new Curriculum Mapping Section on the CI website, documentation of Core EPAs for Entering Residency (CEPAERs), and details about CI sessions at the May and June spring meetings. The Medical School Highlight will be the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix by Paul R. Standley, Ph.D. If you have ideas for additional agenda items, please send them to tcameron@aamc.org by May 9.

CI in Context

The April CI in Context highlights Use of Instructional Methods by US and Canadian Medical Schools with a focus on the use of Problem-Based Learning by Rob Whyte, MD, MEd, FRCPC, Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine, McMaster University.

We are developing the July 2016 – June 2017 schedule of CI in Context. 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

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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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