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Building a Curriculum Inventory: Explore the AAMC CI Portal and Reports

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CI Portal features

In Chapter 11, Test Your CI Upload, you read the CI Portal User Guide and have ensured that faculty and staff who need access to your CI data and reports have accounts to the CI Portal. The majority of helpful text regarding the CI Portal can be found in the CI Portal User Guide, and while we try not to duplicate text across documents and resources to avoid version control issues, we want to highlight the major features that would be helpful to explore before the CI Portal opens for CI data uploads on August 1.

While the CI Portal does not open for data uploads till August 1, users are able to access the CI Portal throughout the year to access reports.

  • Help section. This resource has helpful information for schools and vendors. Because all CI users, whether those at schools or those with vendors, can see all the same ‘help’ information, we can all be on the same page about what instructions have been provided and expectations.
  • Upload. Note that not all users have the same abilities and views in the CI Portal. Some users have view-only access (e.g., vendors) for a given school, while other roles have edit access (e.g., curriculum deans). Your view of the upload tab may vary depending on your role. The upload tab is where a school can upload a CI data file and view the Verification Report it generates. Within the upload tab, there is also an activity history, which documents each action, date, and user for all key actions which occur in the CI Portal (e.g., file uploaded, errors generated, etc.). Remember only the curriculum dean can officially verify your school’s Verification Report, which officially submits your data to AAMC.
  • Reports. Schools can view a number of curriculum reports, including:
    • Past Verification Reports (for each year of participation, up to the last 10 years)
    • Past Accreditation Support Reports (new for 2021)
    • National curriculum reports (e.g., geriatrics, pain management, etc.)

Please note the terms of usage for the CI Portal and its reports detailed in the CI Portal User Guide.

Task 1:

Explore the CI Portal features, including the help section, upload and activity history, and available reports.

Curriculum reports

In addition to the school-specific (e.g., Verification and Accreditation Support Reports), and aggregate national reports available in the CI Portal, there are a number of publicly available reports on the curriculum reports website. These reports come from two sources: the AAMC Curriculum Inventory (CI), and the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) Medical School Annual Questionnaire, Part II. Both data sources are voluntary participation.

Many of the curriculum reports on the website have interactive features (e.g., drop-down menus), and all are printable and downloadable with raw data. Each curriculum report also has links for additional scholarship links to Academic Medicine, MedEdPORTAL, and PubMed, which provide pre-filtered search results relevant to the content of the curriculum report you are viewing. The pre-filtered search queries were created by AAMC professional library staff. Each curriculum report also has links to related curriculum reports; for example, if you are viewing a report about anatomy curriculum, the links below in the related interactive data reports will show any other anatomy curriculum reports our site contains.

Schools may use these reports, and the curriculum reports from the CI Portal, to benchmark their own curriculum, make evidenced-based and informed decisions about curriculum change, and stimulate discussion among curriculum leaders. 

Task 2

Review your plans developed in Chapter 6 to use CI data for various purposes and incorporate curriculum reports from the CI Portal and the curriculum reports website into your plans.

Reflect on your CI building process and outcomes

Congratulations on making it through all the key stages of building your CI! It is no small feat, and you and your team should take a bow. 

Reflect a bit individually, and as a team, about how the process on building your CI has been. Here are some sample questions to aid your reflection:

  • What went well, and what did not?
  • What went as expected, and what was unexpected? 
  • What do you wish you knew ahead of time? 
  • What about your CI are you most proud of?
  • What did the CI process teach you about your curriculum?
  • What, if anything, was originally part of your plans but was not able to executed? 
  • What will you do differently next year in terms of process? 
  • What are the outcomes and lessons learned from this process?
  • What would you say to a school new to CI?

Task 3

Reflect individually and as a team about the CI building process and outcomes.

Chapter 12 key questions

  1. Have we reviewed all the key features of the C Portal, including the help section, upload and activity history, and reports?
  2. How can we revise the plans we made to use CI data, from Chapter 6, to include our school-specific and national reports on the CI Portal, and publicly available curriculum reports, into our evaluation, continuous quality improvement, benchmarking, and curriculum renewal processes?
  3. What has our team learned from building our CI?

Additional resources

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