ABMS and ACGME focus on a procedural skills competency

Residency Program Insider, October 12, 2010

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The American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) and the ACGME announced an increased focus on procedural skills, according to a joint September 30 press release issued by the two organizations. 

The competency of procedural skills is a subset of the patient care core competency for which trainees and board certified physicians must demonstrate proficiency. According to the press release, the patient care competency will be referred to as “patient care and procedural skills.”

“Procedural skills have always been considered crucial, if only implied,” said Thomas J. Nasca, MD, ACGME CEO. “However, for over a year, ABMS and ACGME through a joint task force have determined that procedural skills should be specifically reflected in the six core competencies to ensure quality care, and our board has agreed. We believe that this framework reemphasizes the importance of excellence in procedural skills for the physicians who are enrolled in ACGME-accredited residency programs.”

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