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Core Competencies

The ABMS has also charged the boards to require inclusion of core competencies within practice performance projects. Those core competencies are:

  • Patient Care/Patient-centered Care
    • Deliver diagnostic and therapeutic procedures that are compassionate, appropriate, effective, and cost conscious and contribute to patient care across a diverse socioeconomic patient population.
    • Identify, respect and care about patients’ differences, values, preferences and expressed needs.
    • Relieve pain and suffering.
    • Coordinate continuous care.
    • Listen to, clearly inform, communicate with, and educate patients.
    • Share decision making and management.
    • Continuously advocate disease prevention, wellness, and promotion of healthy lifestyles, including focus on population health.
  • Medical Knowledge
    • Demonstrate ongoing acquisition of established and evolving biomedical clinical and cognitive evidence-based medical knowledge in your specialty areas.
  • Professionalism
    • Demonstrate commitment, ethical, and professional responsibility that is sensitive to a diverse socioeconomic health care system (patients and health care team).
  • Interpersonal & Communication Skills
    • Develop effective verbal and nonverbal communication skills as they apply to patient care (communication with patients, patient families and health care team).
  • Practice-based Learning and Improvement/Apply Quality Improvement Techniques
    • Develop active critical reflection as it is applied to patient care and self-improvement.
    • Identify errors and hazards in care.
    • Understand and implement basic safety design principles, such as standardization and simplification.
    • Continually understand and measure quality of care in terms of structure, process, and outcomes in relation to patient and community needs.
    • Design and test interventions to change processes and systems of care, with the objective of improving quality.
  • Systems-based Practice
    • Understand the complexity of the health care system.
    • Develop the ability to utilize health care resources for optimal cost-effective patient care in procedures.
  • Work in Interdisciplinary Teams
    • Cooperate, collaborate, communicate, and integrate care in teams to ensure that care is continuous and reliable.
  • Employ Evidence-based Practice
    • Integrate best research with clinical expertise and patient values for optimum care, and participate in learning and research activities to the extent feasible.
  • Utilize Informatics
    • Communicate, manage knowledge, mitigate error, and support decision-making using information technology.
  • Monitor and Improve Imaging Quality