ACGME Common Program Requirements state that each residency/fellowship program must require its residents/fellows to obtain competence Practice Based Learning and Improvement. It is necessary for programs to define the specific knowledge, skills, behaviors, and attitudes required, as well as provide educational experiences as needed in order for their residents and fellows to demonstrate competency in the area of Practice Based Learning and Improvement.
Practice based learning and improvement requires the resident/fellow investigate and evaluate their care of patients, appraise and assimilate scientific evidence, and to continuously improve patient care based on constant self evaluation and life-long learning. Residents/fellows are expected to develop skills and habits to be able to:
Program Improvement activities assure full integration of this and other competencies with learning and clinical care. To review several recommended evaluation methodologies, click here.
Core Assessment Systems are essential to improving resident performance in this competency as well as the other competencies. To review an example of comprehensive core assessment system, which uses multiple methodologies and raters, click here.
Common Program Requirements and Common Program Requirements for One Year Fellowships, both effective 7/1/11, are available at the ACGME website. ACGME also has provided a Program Director's Guide to the Common Program Requirements that became effective 7/1/11.
UMMC has provided a Program Director Guide with examples of program, rotation, and level specific goals and objectives as well as sample evaluation tools for evaluating resident/fellow performance, faculty performance, and program effectiveness.