ACGME Core Competencies Definitions

CME activities should be developed in the context of desirable physician attributes. Please review to definitions below when determining which Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) core competencies your program will address.

Patient Care:  Identify, respect, and care about patients' differences, values, preferences, and expressed needs; listen to, clearly inform, communicate with and educate patients; share decision making and management; and continuously advocate disease prevention, wellness, and promotion of healthy lifestyles, including a focus on population health.

Medical Knowledge:  Established and evolving biomedical, clinical, and cognate (e.g. epidemiological and social behavioral) sciences and the application of knowledge to patient care.

Practice-Based Learning and Improvement:  Involves investigation and evaluation of one's own patient care, appraisal and assimilation of scientific evidence, and improvements in patient care.  Additional documentation is required to be awarded AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM for this ACGME core competency.

Interpersonal and Communication Skills:  That result in effective information exchange and teaming with patients, their families and other health professionals.

Professionalism:  Commitment to carrying out professional responsibilities, adherence to ethical principles and sensitivity to a diverse patient population.

Systems-Based Practice:  Actions that 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.