Ultimate Guide to Curriculum Inventory and Reports (CIR)


Beginning fall 2013, the Curriculum Inventory (CIR) will be the official place where AAMC member schools will upload their curriculum data. The CIR replaces CurrMIT, which will no longer be available after 2014.

For over 10 years one45 has helped medical schools with curriculum management. We’ve been actively working with the AAMC and MedBiquitous to help schools prepare for the transition from CurrMIT to the new CIR. This guide will answer some common questions you may have about the CIR in simple terms.

Background on the CIR

The AAMC’s Curriculum Inventory (CIR) will be the premier benchmarking and reporting tool for medical school curriculum content, structure, delivery, and assessment. Medical schools that submit their data to the CIR will be able to compare their school’s curriculum with those of other schools across the country. They’ll also be able to compare their curriculum against other schools in different comparison groups, such as schools in the same region or schools of similar size. The reporting will be anonymous so that individual schools aren’t identifiable.

The CIR will provide graphical reports on aggregate and historical curriculum data with the aim to:

  • assist in curriculum evaluation;
  • educate curriculum committees and faculty;
  • enhance medical education research; and
  • inform legislators and the general public.

Here are some common questions about the CIR:

FAQ #1: What’s going to happen to CurrMIT?

The Curriculum Management & Information Tool (CurrMIT) will continue to be available to AAMC member medical schools for curriculum management and reporting until 2014. However, the AAMC will not provide member institutions with the ability to upload data from CurrMIT into the CIR. If you have a lot of data in CurrMIT, you’ll need to partner with one45, or one of the other CIR participating vendors, or do it yourself!  Also, see Question #5, below.

one45 or the AAMC will provide member schools with copies of their CurrMIT data, if they so desire.

FAQ #2: How is CIR different from CurrMIT?

The main difference between the CIR and CurrMIT is that CurrMIT was a curriculum management system which provided data input and reporting to users. The CIR is only a curriculum reporting system, so if you are using CurrMIT for curriculum management you will need to use a new curriculum management system (such as one45 or another vendor).

For your school to take advantage of the benchmarking and reporting capabilities that CIR will offer, you will need to upload all your institutional data from your current commercial and/or institution-specific curriculum management systems. You’ll need to submit this data in the MedBiquitous data exchange standard format developed by the CIR Working Group. CIR data related to accreditation standards will also pre-populate portions of ASSET, the LCME preparation database, again reducing data entry efforts.

Reporting will be much less complicated with the CIR—a diverse menu of options will be available, and data will be presented as summaries, in graphical format where possible. This means, though, that a lot of the reports you need to run at your school on a day to day basis may not be available.

FAQ #3: The Curriculum Inventory is an AAMC initiative. Do I have to participate in CIR? What happens if I don’t?

Participating in the Curriculum Inventory process is optional. Medical schools that submit their data to CIR will be able to compare their school’s curriculum with those of other schools across the country and against other schools in different comparison groups (such as schools in the same region or schools of similar size). Schools that don’t submit their data won’t have this same level of access, but they will have some basic reports available to them. The reporting will be anonymous so that individual schools aren’t identifiable.

FAQ #4: This all sounds great/terrible/scary. How do I get started?

The general steps for getting started with the CIR at your medical school are:

  1. Decide if you’re going to participate
  2. Standardize your Instructional and Assessment Methods and Resources
  3. Standardize your competencies
  4. Decide on how to generate an XML version of your curriculum

For a detailed explanation of each step, read our blog post Preparing for AAMC’s new Curriculum Inventory – The First Steps

FAQ #5: I have data in CurrMIT. How do I get that data into the CIR?

If you’ve spent countless hours importing your curriculum data into CurrMIT, you can save your data and use it in the CIR!
We used one45 to extract curriculum data from CurrMIT and import it into CIR. Here’s an overview of what we did:

  1. Find a list of all your curriculum elements in CurrMIT
  2. Extract the list from CurrMIT and clean up the elements
  3. Import CurrMIT data with one45, using the clean version of the elements

You can download the detailed how-to guide here: Salvaging Your CurrMIT Data: A How-To Guide

FAQ #6: How do I determine if my curriculum is ready to report?

We offer a free 45-minute consultation call to help medical schools determine their level of CIR readiness.

During the 45 minutes, we will go through a step-by-step assessment of how CIR-compatible your data is, and give you our take on where you stand, curriculum-wise. This session will cover many common questions, including:

  • What it means for you to submit data to the CIR, in practical terms
  • How to get your curriculum into the CIR  from Excel, CSV, Access, or CurrMIT
  • Which free tools you’ll need to prepare your data for upload

To get started with a free one-on-one session, simply complete the form at the end of this page.

Other Resources

  • MedAPS Programming at the 2013 AAMC Annual Meeting
    This is a link to the list of sessions on the Curriculum Inventory and MedAPS that will be presented at this year’s AAMC Annual Meeting in Philadelphia in November. one45 will be there as an exhibitor, and we will be happy to answer your questions in person at our booth.
  • Curriculum Inventory Webinars—Summer 2013
    A list of webinars put on by the AAMC for curriculum deans, faculty, and administrative and technical staff of AAMC-member medical schools preparing to use the Curriculum Inventory.

Want more information?

We’d love to help with your school’s transition to CIR. Contact us today to get started.