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ACGME Core Competencies

The curriculum is designed to meet the required core competencies as defined by the ACGME.

  • PATIENT CARE: Fellows must be able to provide patient care that is compassionate, appropriate, and effective in the treatment of health problems and the promotion of health.
  • MEDICAL KNOWLEDGE: Fellows must 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.
  • PRACTICED-BASED LEARNING AND IMPROVEMENT: Fellows must be able to investigate and evaluate their patient care practices, appraise and assimilate scientific evidence, and improve their patient care practices.
  • INTERPERSONAL AND COMMUNICATION SKILLS: Fellows must be able to demonstrate interpersonal and communication skills that result in effective information exchange and teaming with patients, their patients' families, and professional associates.
  • PROFESSIONALISM: Fellows must demonstrate a commitment to carrying out professional responsibilities, adherence to ethical principles, and sensitivity to a diverse patient population.
  • SYSTEMS-BASED PRACTICE: Fellows must 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.

The curriculum assures the teaching and assessment of these competencies, and the following listing of general core competency elements applies to all rotations of the fellowship. Core competency-related teaching and assessment that is specific to individual rotations will be identified in the "Objectives" section of the curriculum for each rotation.