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ACGME/ABMS Core Competencies

Practice-based Learning and Improvement

Show an ability to investigate and evaluate patient care practices, appraise and assimilate scientific evidence, and improve the practice of medicine.

Patient Care and Procedural Skills

Provide care that is compassionate, appropriate, and effective treatment for health problems and to promote health.

Systems-based Practice

Demonstrate awareness of and responsibility to the larger context and systems of health care. Be able to call on system resources to provide optimal care (e.g. coordinating care across sites or serving as the primary case manager when care involves multiple specialties, professions or sites).

Medical Knowledge

Demonstrate knowledge about established and evolving biomedical, clinical, and cognate sciences and their application in patient care.

Interpersonal and Communication Skills

Demonstrate skills that result in effective information exchange and teaming with patients, their families and professional associates (e.g. fostering a therapeutic relationship that is ethically sound, uses effective listening skills with non-verbal and verbal communication; working as both a team member and at times as a leader).


Demonstrate a commitment to carrying out professional responsibilities, adherence to ethical principles and sensitivity to diverse patient populations.