ACGME Common Program Requirements state that each residency/fellowship program must require its residents/fellows to obtain competence Patient Care. 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 patient care.

Patient Care requires residents/fellows to demonstrate their abilities in providing patient care that is compassionate, appropriate and effective for the treatment of health problems and the program of health, and as further specified by the ACGME Residency Review Committee.

Program Improvement activities assure full integration of this and other competencies with learning and clinical care. Review several recommended evaluation methodologies.

Core Assessment Systems are essential to improving resident performance in this competency as well as the other competencies. Review an example of comprehensive core assessment system, which uses multiple methodologies and raters.

Examples of Patient Care in Curricula:

Examples of Patient Care Evaluation Tools: