Program Directors & Coordinators

Core Competencies

The Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) has implemented a requirement that Residents must obtain competence in the six areas listed below to the level expected of a new practitioner. Accreditation of a given residency is contingent on this requirement being met. Programs define the specific knowledge, skills, behaviors, and attitudes required, and provide educational experiences as needed in order for Residents to demonstrate the following:

  1. Patient care that is compassionate, appropriate, and effective for the treatment of health programs and the promotion of health;
  2. Medical knowledge about established and evolving biomedical, clinical, and cognate sciences, as well as the application of this knowledge to patient care;
  3. Practice-based learning and improvement that involves the investigation and evaluation of care for their patients, the appraisal and assimilation of scientific evidence, and improvements in patient care;
  4. Interpersonal and communication skills that result in the effective exchange of information and collaboration with patients, their families, and other health professionals;
  5. Professionalism, as manifested through a commitment to carrying out professional responsibilities, adherence to ethical principles, and sensitivity to patients of diverse backgrounds;
  6. Systems-based practice, as manifested by actions that 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.