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Medical Academic Performance Services (MedAPS)

MedAPS will offer tools to help member medical schools assess their achievement of education and accreditation standards.

Curriculum Inventory and Reports (CIR)

Curriculum Inventory and Reports (CIR), part of the AAMC's Medical Academic Performance Services (MedAPS) initiative, 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 in Context

The November CI in Context highlights Scheduled Hours per Week That Students Spend in Required Activities During the First and Second Years, with commentary by K. Ramsey McGowen, Ph.D., from Quillen College of Medicine, East Tennessee State University.

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

Curriculum Mapping Analysis

As schools are beginning the process of mapping their curricula or considering a re-mapping based on a new curriculum or a curriculum renewal, they are looking for resources about what mapping terminology is available, the pros and cons of using each of the terminology sets, and ideas for making good use of the mapping when the process is completed. We are hoping you can take a few minutes to answer five questions in the Curriculum Mapping Analysis to help us create a resource that will help other schools involved in the mapping process. When we piloted this survey, it took less than 10 minutes to complete. A comment area has been provided for other information you think would be helpful to schools and/or to provide feedback regarding the survey instrument. Survey results will be compiled, and a report will be posted to the CI Website under Training and Resources in the near future.

Thank you very much for your contribution to this process.

CI Administrators’ Group

August’s CI Administrators’ Group meets at 1 pm ET the second Wednesday of the month. November’s webinar has been moved to November 18 due to the Medical Education Meeting. Agenda items include CI Standardized Vocabulary revisions, CI Reporting Process, the Curriculum Mapping Survey, and highlights from the AY 2014-2015 CI Upload Process. The Medical School Highlight will be the University of California, San Francisco’s participation in the WatchMe Project.

News and Updates

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.

CI Website Update

We hope our new navigation panel has improved your experience with the CIR website. If you are have problems finding information, please send questions, comments, and suggestions to The Curriculum Reports page is being redesigned to make it easier to search for and access reports, and we are beginning the process of updating all existing CI Reports based on LCME Annual Questionnaire Part II with 2014-2015 data. We are excited to be adding new charts related to medical school admissions processes, number of scheduled hours per week, and quality assurance related to accreditation. Check back often for updates!

CI Standardized Vocabulary

The CI Standardized Vocabulary Subcommittee has posted revisions to the Standardized Vocabulary to MedEdPORTAL’s iCollaborative. Click here to access the revised document. Please use the discussion area to comment and/or suggest changes. The vocabulary will be discussed at the Medical Education Meeting in November, as well as at the November and December meetings of the CI Administrators’ Group. The document will be finalized in December and implemented with the AY 2015-2016 Curriculum Inventory Upload Cycle.

Curriculum Inventory in the Literature

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

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