Competencies for New Graduates

Patient-Centered Practice Knowledge 

  • Gather clinical information, formulate differential diagnoses, order interpret laboratory and imaging, perform necessary core duty procedures, diagnose, prevent, treat, and manage illness among acute, chronic, and emerging disease states.
  • Integrate into practice appropriate literature to make evidence-based decisions on patient care.

Society and Population Health

  • Integrate into practice the cultural norms, needs, influences, and socioeconomic, environmental, physiological, and other population-level determinants affecting the health of the individual and community being served.
  • Integrate into practice the interventions that diminish health disparities involving race or ethnicity, sex, sexual identity, age, disability, socioeconomic status, and geographic location involving individual patient and the community being served.
  • Integrate into practice basic principles of public health including epidemiology, disease prevention, surveillance, reporting and intervention. Provide appropriate referrals involving the public health system to ensure patient advocacy and in the maintenance of population health.

Health Literacy and Communication

  • Communicate effectively and respectfully with patients, families, and other healthcare professionals.

Interprofessional Collaborative Practice and Leadership

  • Coordinate care to optimize the health of patients and populations.

Professional and Legal Aspects of Health Care

  • Provide standard of care practice while demonstrating respect for the dignity and privacy of patients.
  • Incorporate a personal wellness plan to prevent impairment and burnout.
  • Demonstrate professional accountability.

Health Care Finance and Systems

  • Differentiate the types of healthcare systems and health insurance coverage, including Medicare, Medicaid, and the Children’s Health Insurance Program.
  • Practice healthcare informed by an understanding of the financial implications to patients, organizations, and society.
  • Recognize personal limitations and incorporate a quality improvement process designed to maximize patient safety, prevention of medical errors, and incorporate risk management.