Continuing Medical Education

Competencies Guidelines

In alignment with the Boonshoft School of Medicine's Mission, the continuing medical education program is committed to improving competency, maintain board certification, and cultivate lifelong learning for West-Central Ohio region physicians.

To facilitate this commitment, each CME activity should incorporate desirable physician attributes through the overlapping competencies of ACGME, IOM, and ABMS MOC:

  • Patient care: Physicians must be able to provide patient care that is compassionate, appropriate, and effective for the treatment of health problems and the promotion of health. ACGME
  • Medical knowledge: Physicians must demonstrate knowledge of established and evolving biomedical, clinical, epidemiological and social-behavioral sciences, as well as the application of this knowledge to patient care. ACGME
  • Practice-based learning and improvement: Physicians must demonstrate the ability to investigate and evaluate their care of patients, to appraise and assimilate scientific evidence, and to continuously improve patient care based on constant self-evaluation and life-long learning. ACGME
  • Interpersonal and communication skills: Physician must demonstrate interpersonal and communication skills that result in the effective exchange of information and collaboration with patients, their families, and health professionals. ACGME
  • Professionalism: Physician must demonstrate a commitment to carrying out professional responsibilities, adherence to ethical principles, and sensitivity to a diverse patient population.
  • Systems-based practice: physician must demonstrate an awareness of and responsiveness to the larger context and system of health care, as well as the ability to call effectively on other resources in the system to provide optimal health care. ACGME
  • Provide patient-centered care: Identify, respect, and care about patients' differences, values, preferences, and expressed needs; listen to, clearly inform, communicate with, and educate patients; share decision making and management; and continuously advocate disease prevention, wellness, and promotion of healthy lifestyles, including a focus on population health. IOM
  • 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. IOM
  • Apply quality 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; and design and test interventions to change processes and systems of care, with the objective of improving quality. IOM
  • Work in interdisciplinary teams: Cooperate, collaborate, communicate, and integrate care in teams to ensure that care is continuous and reliable. IOM
  • Utilize informatics: Communicate, manage knowledge, mitigate error, and support decision making using information technology. IOM
  • Professional standing: Evidence of professional standing such as an unrestricted license, a license that has no limitations on the practice of medicine and surgery in the jurisdiction. ABMS/MOC
  • Commitment to lifelong learning: Evidence of a commitment to lifelong learning and involvement in a periodic self-assessment process to guide continuing learning. ABMS/MOC
  • Cognitive expertise: Evidence of cognitive expertise based on performance on an examination. That exam should be secure, reliable and valid.  It must contain questions on fundamental knowledge, up-to-date practice-related knowledge, and other issues such as ethics and professionalism. ABMS/MOC
  • Performance in practice: Evidence of evaluation of performance in practice including the medical care provided for common major health problems (e.g., asthma, diabetes, heart disease, hernia, hip surgery) and physicians behaviors such as communication and professionalism, as they relate to patient care. ABMS/MOC


Last edited on 02/17/2015.