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Three field-tested examples of how to integrate systems-based practice into your curriculum

Residency Program Alert, July 1, 2009

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Your preparations for the new academic year probably included a review of the program’s curriculum to ensure that you cover all the ACGME’s core competencies.
But how did things look when you got to systems-based practice?
If there’s one competency that stumps medical educators more than any other, it’s systems-based practice, says Stephanie Ward, MD, MPH, assistant professor of medicine and public health at Temple University School of Medicine (TUSM) in Philadelphia.
“A lot of us weren’t actually trained in systems-based practice,” says Ward.
It’s no wonder that program directors often struggle to figure out how to teach, assess, and document residents’ progress toward competency in this area.

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