ACGME Core Competencies

ACGME Core

Residents Medical offers training and education in all six ACGME Core Competencies:

  1. Patient Care
  2. Medical Knowledge
  3. Practice-Based Learning and Improvement
  4. System-Based Practice
  5. Professionalism
  6. Interpersonal & Communication Skills

The Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) is a private, non-profit organization that establishes educational standards and general program requirements for training programs, evaluates and accredits residency programs in multiple specialties in order to sustain quality education for residents and safe health care for patients.

As a result of the initiative called the Outcome Project in 2002, the ACGME determined six ACGME Core Competencies for GME programs to evaluate their doctors in training. They include: patient care; medical knowledge; practice-based learning and improvement; interpersonal and communication skills; professionalism; and systems-based practice. During their professional medical training, each resident has to master all core competencies in order to build a successful career in medicine.

  1. 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.
  2. Medical Knowledge 
    Residents must be able to demonstrate knowledge about established and evolving biomedical, clinical, and cognate (e.g. epidemiological and social-behavioral) sciences and the application of this knowledge to patient care.
  3. Practice-Based Learning and Improvement 
    Residents must be able to investigate and evaluate their own patient care practices, appraise and assimilate scientific evidence, and improve their patient care practices.
  4. Interpersonal and Communication Skills 
    Residents must be able to demonstrate effective interpersonal communication skills that result in effective information exchange and teaming with patients, their families, and other health professionals.
  5. Professionalism 
    Residents must be able to display a commitment to carrying out professional responsibilities, adherence to ethical principles, and sensitivity to a diverse patient population.
  6. Systems-Based Practice 
    Residents must be able to demonstrate an awareness of and responsiveness to the larger context and system of health care and the ability to effectively call on system resources to provide care that is of optimal value.

  7. These skills are critical in becoming a board certified physician in the U.S. Some foreign medical graduates (FMGs) find the cultural gap substantial and struggle to adjust to these core competencies in a clinical setting. The six core competencies are a requirement for an interviewer to assess the ranking of a candidate.

    Our curriculum will help you improve your aptitude in all six areas. Additionally, our core competencies program will prepare you for the USMLE Step 2 Clinical Skills (CS) exam, as these competencies are an essential part of this exam.

    Our ACGME Core Competencies curriculum, which was developed by a current dean at a top U.S. medical school, ensures that each student gains the necessary tools to become a highly sought-after residency candidate.

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