The ACGME dictates that residency programs require residents to obtain competencies in the six areas below to the level expected of a new practitioner. Toward this end, programs must define the specific knowledge, skills, and attitudes required and provide educational experiences as needed in order for their residents to demonstrate:
Patient Care that is compassionate, appropriate, and effective for the treatment of health problems and the promotion of health.
Medical 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.
Practice-Based Learning and Improvement that involves investigation and evaluation of their own patient care, appraisal and assimilation of scientific evidence, and improvements in patient care.
Interpersonal and Communication Skills that result in effective information exchange and teaming with patients, their families, and other health professionals.
Professionalism, as manifested through a commitment to carrying out professional responsibilities, adherence to ethical principles, and sensitivity to a diverse patient population.
Systems-Based Practice, as manifested by 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.