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Care Competencies for Psychiatric Education: Defining, Teaching, and Assessive Resident Competence

J Clin Psychiatry 2005;66(7):953-954 [book review]

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The Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) has traditionally focused on compliance with the Residency Review Committee’s essentials of training in the accreditation process of residency training programs. However, in response to “[c]oncerns about patient safety, geographic variations in patient care unrelated to medical science, and poor ‘customer service’ for patients [that] have called into question the competence of physicians and the health care systems in which they work,”1(p243) the ACGME launched its Outcome Project. This project resulted in the delineation of 6 general competencies in medical education: patient care, medical knowledge, practice-based learning and improvement, interpersonal and communication skills, professionalism, and systems-based practice.​