Competency & Curriculum Resources
Foundational Core Competencies for Undergraduate Medical Students
In 2022, the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM), the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) and the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) joined together to develop a common set of foundational core competencies for undergraduate medical education. The competency development process includes a steering committee with a member from each organization, an advisory committee with representatives from several osteopathic and allopathic organizations, and a working group to drive the process. Many listening sessions were held late fall, 2022.
Clinician Educator Milestones
The Clinician Educator Milestones are a set of subcompetencies developed by the ACGME, ACCME, AAMC, and AACOM, and released in the fall of 2022. They are designed to aid in the development and improvement of teaching and learning skills across the continuum of medical education.
Core Competencies for Medical Students
These are the current core competencies for osteopathic medical students in use today, which will be replaced by the work above when it is completed. Published in 2012, this report addresses the AOA Seven Core Competencies and the Healthy People Curriculum Task Force's Clinical Prevention and Population Health Curriculum Framework. It was prepared by the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine, in conjunction with all U.S. Osteopathic Medical Schools.
Core Competencies for Entering Medical Students
This set of competencies describes the knowledge, skills and attitudes of undergraduate students and others applying to any medical school. These competencies were developed by AAMC a decade ago and are now being revised through a collaboration between AACOM and AAMC.
IPEC Core Competencies
In May 2021, the Interprofessional Education Collaborative (IPEC) announced plans to begin a formal process to review and revise the 2016 Core Competencies. AACOM has served a key role in leading this effort. The IPEC Core Competencies have helped to frame the national dialogue on the need for interprofessional education and collaborative practice as a catalyst for improving team-based patient care and enhancing population health outcomes. More information on the competencies, scheduled to be released in Summer/Fall, 2023, is on the IPEC website.
Rural Medicine Core Competencies
In September 2021, AACOM and the William Carey College of Osteopathic Medicine launched an effort to develop a set of undergraduate medical education core competencies to better care for patients living in rural areas, people who often face different healthcare challenges, including access to healthcare as well as issues related to the lifestyle and culture of rural living.This effort began with a modified Delphi survey process, which is expected to continue through the summer of 2023. Following this survey, the draft competencies will be released for wide public comment. For more information on the development of these rural medicine core competencies, please contact Dr. Mark Speicher.
Clinical Prevention and Population Health Curriculum Framework
The Framework was created by the Healthy People Curriculum Task Force and is a structured and comprehensive curriculum agenda that provides a common core of knowledge for clinical health professions about individual and population-oriented prevention and health promotion efforts. The Framework can support interprofessional prevention education and practice and consists of four (4) components and 23 domains, with each domain including topic areas and illustrative examples.
Resources for Teaching and Learning OMM
These resources, developed AACOM's Educational Council on Osteopathic Principles, are designed to support your curriculum in osteopathic manipulative medicine (OMM).
Smiles for Life: A National Oral Health Curriculum
Smiles for Life (SFL) produces educational resources to ensure the integration of oral health and primary care. AACOM is pleased to provide SFL curriculum as a free continuing medical education (CME) opportunity for osteopathic medical students, educators, and physicians. The SFL curriculum is suitable for up to 8.50 Prescribed credits by the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) and is accepted by the American Medical Association (AMA) as equivalent to AMA PRA Category 1 credits.