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Many residency applicants are unaware of the core competencies

Residency Program Insider, May 4, 2010

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A significant number of medical students have no knowledge of the core competencies prior to entering residency training, a new study shows.

During the 2008 recruitment season, program leaders at St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital anesthesiology program surveyed 193 applicants.

The purpose: To determine the degree of knowledge that medical students applying to the St. Luke's–Roosevelt Hospital Center anesthesiology residency program had regarding the core physician competencies mandated by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education. The standardized questionnaire was designed to determine applicants’ knowledge of the six core competencies.

Of the 193 respondents, 76 had no knowledge of the competencies, and only three people correctly identified all six. Study authors suggest that medical schools and residency program directors should develop methods for increasing competency awareness among medical students.

The full study is published in this month’s issue of Academic Medicine.

 



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