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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.


2016-2017 CI Upload

We are very excited to be kicking off our fifth year of the Curriculum Inventory. Last year, 95 percent of U.S. schools uploaded data, and we are hoping to have an even higher participation rate this year. In addition to such great participation, schools are enhancing the amount of detailed data they are providing each year, which is providing a wonderful resource for medical education research. We have provided data for projects related to opioid training, climate change, pain management, among others.

In preparation for this year’s upload, we offered several workshops. Descriptions of these workshops, as well as recordings, are available in the Training and Resources section of the CI website.

CI System Changes for 2016-2017

In preparation for this year’s CI Upload Cycle, several updates have been made to the CI that should improve processing. For the most part, you will not see these changes, and none of them are new requirements, but we have fixed a couple of things that caused files to stop processing:

  • Migrated to a new server to improve our testing processes and make future work easier.
  • Improved the processing of XML files over 19MB. Files still need to be zipped, but should be processed more quickly now.
  • Improved communication with vendors re: data and system issues.
  • Verification Report organized by program expectation name, rather than order of appearance in the XML.
  • Changed tallies of assessment methods in the Summative and Formative Assessment tables so events are counted in one or the other.
  • Updated the timing for reminder notifications so schools won’t get reminders immediately after the opening of the season.
  • Fixed ‘loophole’ in academic level requirement: ALs MUST start with 1 and increase in single increments. This preventing corrupt files from being created.
  • Included language specifying the classification of CI data as Restricted.

CI System Changes for 2017-2018

Several additional enhancements are planned for the 2017-2018 cycle, several of which were requested by curriculum administrators, vendors, and developers. Some of these may require some changes to the way your XML files are generated, and we will be working with vendors and school developers to implement these changes:

  • Increase the length of the Academic Level Title
  • New AAMC Business Rule: Competency Object titles will be required.
  • New AAMC Business Rule: Event ID references cannot have spaces.
  • New AAMC Business Rule: The year value for date will need to be within 6 years of either direction of the report start and end dates.
  • New AAMC Business Rule: If Resources are documented, UIDs will be required (as they currently are for Instructional and Assessment methods).
  • New AAMC Business Rule: Special characters will not be accepted (the Business Rule will provide more information, including a list of the accepted Special Characters).
  • Competency Objects that are deeply placed in the competency framework will appear in the Verification Report.
  • The Curriculum Inventory will make use of the new System Access Management system at the AAMC, an important step in rewarding participation.

CI in Context

The September CI in Context highlights Simulation Center Use at Medical Schools by Gerald P. Wickham, EdD and Anthony M. Dwyer at University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria. 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 p.m. ET the second Wednesday of the month. The August 9 agenda includes CI Updates, particularly early results and issues for the 2016-2017 Upload process, CI System Changes for 2016-2017 and 2017-2018, and the new Verification Report Manual; a presentation from last spring’s SGEA on Defining the Medical School Learning Environment by David Musick, PhD, of Virginia Tech Carilion; updates on the CI for CQI and Accreditation Task Force and the CI Research Group; and a medical school highlight by the University of South Dakota by Shane E Schellpfeffer, EdD. If you have ideas for additional agenda items, please send them to tcameron@aamc.org by August 7.

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


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