More than 200 health care leaders and medical educators from across
the United States and Canada, and from as far away as Puerto Rico
and Hawaii, came to Boston, Sept. 10-12, to attend THCI's conference,
"Competency Assessment: Forethought not Afterthought: Current
Practices and Innovations in Graduate Medical Education". The
conference was designed to provide participants access to current
practices and research opportunities in ACGME competency assessment.
The program emphasized 4 of the 6 competence areas: Systems-based
Practice, Practice-based Learning and Improvement, Interpersonal
and Communication Skills, and Professionalism.
Plenary sessions, panel discussions, and workshops, focused on key
issues relating to assessment of the new competencies. Session topics
- Integrating assessment into curriculum development and rotational
- Understanding and applying assessment tools to measure and document
- Research initiatives and opportunities, including considerations
for studying the impact of medical education approaches on clinical
- Faculty development
- Two parallel tracks, one for GME committee members on educating,
motivating and preparing for institutional reviews in the ACGME
competencies; and one for program directors on preparing for the
Spurring the change in medical education training is a set of new
requirements from the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical
Education (ACGME), which is responsible for the accreditation of
approximately 8,000 residency training programs within the U.S.
Among other directives, the ACGME requires that all training programs
teach and demonstrate trainee competence in two new categories:
practice and practice-based
learning and improvement. In addition, guidelines from the American
Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) on maintenance of certification
require assessment of the same set of general competencies.
"The question will not always be what test will help me diagnose
a patient, but what practices and tools should I employ to treat
patients that make the best use of all available resources,"
said Dr. Deborah E. Powell, MD, Dean of the University of Minnesota
Medical School, who delivered the conference's keynote address.
"We must train new doctors to be excellent diagnosticians and
clinicians in an increasingly resource-constrained health care environment."
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(in pdf format) an overview and summary of the conference. Full
proceedings from the Conference will be available soon.
for a summary of the attendees' evaluation.
for attendees' responses to a follow-up survey.
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