ACGME Competencies

In September 1999 the ACGME developed minimum program requirements regarding education. They state in their mission, "The residency program must require its residents to obtain competencies in the six areas below to the level expected of a new practitioner. This section reviews in detail those competencies, how they are measured and when they are implemented. Detailed information can be retrieved from their website. 

Programs must define the specific knowledge, skills and attitudes required and provide educational experiences as needed in order for their residents to demonstrate the following:

Patient Care – Residents must be able to provide patient care that is compassionate, appropriate, and effective for the treatment of health problems and the promotion of health.

Medical Knowledge – Residents must demonstrate knowledge of established and evolving biomedical, clinical, epidemiological and social-behavioral sciences, as well as the application of this knowledge to patient care.

Practice-based Learning and Improvement – Residents must demonstrate the ability to investigate and evaluation their care of patients, to appraise and assimilate scientific evidence, and to continuously improve patient care based on constant self-evaluation and life-long learning.  Residents are expected to develop skills and habits to be able to meet the following goals:

Interpersonal and Communication Skills – Residents must demonstrate interpersonal and communication skills that result in the effective exchange of information and collaboration with patients, their families, and health professionals.  Residents are expected to:

Professionalism – Residents must demonstrate a commitment to carrying out professional responsibilities and an adherence to ethical principles.  Residents are expected to demonstrate:

Systems-based Practice – Residents must demonstrate an awareness of and responsiveness to the larger context and system of health care, as well as the ability to call effectively on other resources in the system to provide optimal health care.  Residents are expected to:

The Resident Case Log System can be selected in this system to view information regarding entry of information, etc. All residents are expected to be assessed by the guidelines established by the ACGME.