Family Medicine Residency Global Educational Objectives

Family Medicine Residency Global Educational Objectives

Family Medicine Residency Global Educational Objectives

The global educational objectives listed below are not meant to be all-inclusive nor should they limit faculty or residents from constantly striving for improvement in the performance of all competencies at all year levels. These core educational objectives are simply guidelines to use for expected progress throughout the three-year residency program. Our residents, faculty and program are continuously evaluated to ensure success in achieving these competencies, goals and objectives.

Patient Care

Residents must be able to provide patient care that is compassionate, appropriate and effective for the treatment of health problems and the promotion of health.

By the end of the residency, the family medicine resident will be able to:

  • Communicate effectively and demonstrate caring and respectful behaviors when interacting with patients and their families
  • Gather essential and accurate information about their patients
  • Make informed decisions about diagnostic and therapeutic interventions based on patient information and preferences, up-to-date scientific evidence, and clinical judgment
  • Develop and carry out patient management plans
  • Counsel and educate patients and their families
  • Use information technology to support patient care decisions and patient education
  • Perform competently all clinical procedures essential for the practice of family medicine. This includes competency in performing, using appropriate indications, contraindications and informed consent and evaluating the results of these procedures, as detailed in the various curricular components.
  • Provide health care services aimed at preventing health problems or maintaining health
  • Work with health care professionals, including those from other disciplines, to provide patient-centered care

Medical Knowledge

Residents must demonstrate knowledge about established and evolving biomedical, clinical, and cognate (e.g., epidemiological and social-behavioral) sciences and the application of this knowledge to patient care.

By the end of the residency, the Family Medicine resident will be able to:

  • Demonstrate an investigatory and analytic thinking approach to clinical situations
  • Demonstrate a sufficient level of understanding of the clinical, basic and social sciences that underlie the practice of internal medicine and be able to demonstrate that they can apply their knowledge to patient care, patient education and the education of other members of the health care team
    • Areas of knowledge will include understanding the pathogenesis, pathophysiology, epidemiology, historical issues, relevant physical findings, test utilization, means of confirming a diagnosis, treatment, monitoring and prevention of the most common inpatient and outpatient clinical disorders cared for by family physicians
  • Describe how various aspects of disease are affected by gender, age, ethnicity, culture and/or disability

Practice-Based Learning and Improvement

Residents must be able to investigate and evaluate their patient care practices, appraise and assimilate scientific evidence, and improve their patient care practices.

By the end of the residency, the Family Medicine resident will be able to:

  • Analyze practice experience and perform practice-based improvement activities using a systematic methodology
  • Conduct a self-evaluation of the cognitive, technical, attitudinal and procedural aspects of care that they provide to their patients
  • Locate, appraise, and assimilate evidence from scientific studies related to their patients' health problems
  • Obtain and use information about their own population of patients and the larger population from which their patients are drawn
  • Apply knowledge of study designs and statistical methods to the appraisal of clinical studies and other information on diagnostic and therapeutic effectiveness
  • Use information technology to manage information, access on-line medical information; and support their own education
  • Facilitate the learning of students and other health care professionals
  • Prior to the completion of training, all residents will demonstrate scholarly activity. At a minimum this will include:
    • presentation of a 50-minute senior talk
    • the application of evidence-based medicine skills through ongoing participation in journal club, resident rounds

Interpersonal and Communication Skills

Residents must be able to demonstrate interpersonal and communication skills that result in effective information exchange and teaming with patients, their patients, families, and professional associates.

By the end of the residency, the Family Medicine resident will be able to:

  • Demonstrate effective written, verbal and non-verbal communication when participating in patient care, consulting and collaborating with colleagues and coworkers, teaching and presenting in the academic center and most importantly during information exchange and collaboration with patients and their families
  • Create and sustain a therapeutic and ethically sound relationship with patients
  • Use effective listening skills and elicit and provide information using effective nonverbal, explanatory, questioning, and writing skills
  • Work effectively with others as a member or leader of a health care team or other professional group

Professionalism

Residents must demonstrate a commitment to carrying out professional responsibilities, adherence to ethical principles, and sensitivity to a diverse patient population.

By the end of the residency, the Family Medicine resident will be able to:

  • Demonstrate respect, compassion, and integrity; a responsiveness to the needs of patients and society that supercedes self-interest; accountability to patients, society, and the profession; and a commitment to excellence and on-going professional development
  • Demonstrate a commitment to ethical principles pertaining to provision or withholding of clinical care, confidentiality of patient information, informed consent and business practices
  • Demonstrate sensitivity and responsiveness to patients' culture, age, gender, ethnicity and/or disabilities

Systems-Based Practice

Residents must demonstrate an awareness of and responsiveness to the larger context and system of health care and the ability to effectively call on system resources to provide care that is of optimal value.

By the end of the residency, the Family Medicine resident will be able to:

  • Understand how their patient care and other professional practices affect other health care professionals, the health care organization, and the larger society and how these elements of the system affect their own practice
  • Know how types of medical practice and delivery systems differ from one another, including methods of controlling health care costs and allocating resources
  • Practice cost-effective health care and resource allocation that does not compromise quality of care
  • Advocate for quality patient care and assist patients in dealing with system complexities
  • Know how to partner with health care managers and health care providers to assess, coordinate and improve health care and know how these activities can affect system performance
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