ABMS, ACGME Increase Emphasis on “Procedural Skills” as a Core Competency for Physician Measurement

CHICAGO--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- The American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) and the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) today announced the increased emphasis on “procedural skills” within its Patient Care core competency for which ABMS Member Board Certified physicians must demonstrate proficiency.

ABMS coordinates and assists its 24 Member Boards in their development and implementation of educational and professional standards for the evaluation and certification of physician specialists. ACGME evaluates and accredits medical residency programs in the United States. As key organizations involved in advancing quality care provided by physicians, ABMS and ACGME together defined the six core competencies on which physicians should be measured in 1999. The competencies are: Medical Knowledge, Practice-based Learning and Improvement, Interpersonal and Communications Skills, Professionalism, Systems-based Practice, and now, “Patient Care and Procedural Skills.”

These competencies are incorporated into ACGME’s Institutional and Common Specialty Requirements, assuring that physicians in training demonstrate these competencies prior to graduation. These six core competencies are then continually measured through the ABMS Maintenance of Certification® (ABMS MOC®) program created by ABMS and its 24 Member Boards to promote lifelong learning and self assessment for physician specialists. The competencies are also important to the public as assurance that their Board Certified physicians remain on the leading edge of their medical specialties throughout their medical careers.

“Through the years ABMS has closely collaborated with ACGME to support physician excellence beginning in medical school and continuing throughout their careers,” said Kevin B. Weiss, MD, ABMS president and CEO. “Competent procedural skills are a key measure of physician quality care, and are important to continually measure, that’s why ABMS is in support of integrating these skills into the competency framework.”

“Procedural skills have always been considered crucial, if only implied,” said Thomas J. Nasca, MD, ACGME CEO. “However, for over a year, ABMS and ACGME through a joint task force have determined that procedural skills should be specifically reflected in the six core competencies to ensure quality care, and our Board has agreed. We believe that this framework re-emphasizes the importance of excellence in procedural skills for the physicians who are enrolled in ACGME Accredited residency programs.”

The ABMS MOC program was developed 10 years ago to keep pace with advances in the field of medicine. The six core competencies were developed based on agreement that the competent physician must possess be proficient in certain areas in order to provide high quality care.

About ABMS

For more than 75 years, American Board of Medical Specialties has been the medical organization overseeing physician certification in the United States. It assists its 24 Member Boards in their efforts to develop and implement educational and professional standards for the evaluation and certification of physician specialists. ABMS Member Boards provide physician certification information to ABMS for its certification verification service programs. ABMS is recognized by the key health care credentialing accreditation entities as a primary equivalent source of board certification data for medical specialists. Patients can visit www.abms.org or call toll-free 1-866-ASK-ABMS to see if their physician is board certified by an ABMS Member Board. For more information about ABMS visit www.abms.org or call (312) 436-2600.

The 24 Member Boards that make up the ABMS Board Enterprise covers over 145 medical specialties and subspecialties include: American Board of Allergy and Immunology, American Board of Anesthesiology, American Board of Colon and Rectal Surgery, American Board of Dermatology, American Board of Emergency Medicine, American Board of Family Medicine, American Board of Internal Medicine, American Board of Medical Genetics, American Board of Neurological Surgery, American Board of Nuclear Medicine, American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology, American Board of Ophthalmology, American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, American Board of Otolaryngology, American Board of Pathology, American Board of Pediatrics American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, American Board of Plastic Surgery, American Board of Preventive Medicine, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, American Board of Radiology, American Board of Surgery, American Board of Thoracic Surgery, and American Board of Urology.


The ACGME is a private, nonprofit educational accreditor that establishes the standards for, and assesses compliance with standards for 8,800 residency programs in 133 specialties and subspecialties, educating more than 111,000 residents and fellows each year. Its mission is to improve the quality and safety of health care by assessing and advancing the quality of resident physicians’ education through accreditation. ACGME’s standards, information related to accredited residency programs, and other information concerning graduate medical education is available at the ACGME Web site, www.acgme.org.


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