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Medical Education

Successful Practices: General and by Core Competency

If you have a ‘Successful Practice’ you would like to share with others, contact Mark Speicher, PhD, AACOM Senior VP for Medical Education and Research at mspeicher@aacom.org to add your name/topic to the list.

Successful Practices - General

Medical Informatics

Contact Person: Bruce Dubin, DO, JD bdubin@rockyvistauniversity.org
A series of Medical Informatics modules that can be used by any osteopathic medical school has been developed and is available upon request. These modules can be used through all years of undergraduate medical education.

Medical Knowledge

Contact Person: Frank Papa, DO, PhD fpapa@hsc.unt.edu  
This is an innovated curriculum model, called the Application Oriented Curriculum (ACO), that is based on learning sciences principles and uses these principles to create a more efficient and effective approach to the development of clinically relevant (patient care and knowledge-based) competencies. The AOC’s core instructional methodology is the Clinical Integration Lab (CIL) – large, classroom-based exercise designed to support students as they develop the comprehension and application capabilities underlying clinically relevant competencies.

AACOM Professionalism Newsletter

Contact Person: John Gimpel, DO (NBOME) jgimpel@nbome.org 
This quarterly e-newletter features “best practices” in the competency domain of medical professionalism. It is designed to share successful methods and ideas for medical educators on how to facilitate learning and design assessment strategies for this important competency domain. 

Successful Practices - Core Competencies*

*Definition of Core Competencies taken directly from the AOA Document: acc_cccpart3 (2004)

Competency 1

Osteopathic Philosophy and Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine
Residents are expected to demonstrate and apply knowledge of accepted standards in Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment (OMT) appropriate to their specialty. The educational goal is to train a skilled and competent osteopathic practitioner who remains dedicated to life-long learning and to practice habits in osteopathic philosophy and manipulative medicine. 
Contributed Best Practices 

Competency 2

Medical Knowledge
Residents are expected to demonstrate and apply knowledge of accepted standards of  clinical medicine in their respective specialty area, remain current with new developments in medicine, and participate in life-long learning activities, including research.
Contributed Best Practices 

Competency 3

Patient Care
Residents must demonstrate the ability to effectively treat patients, provide medical care that incorporates the osteopathic philosophy, patient empathy, awareness of behavioral issues, the incorporation of preventive medicine, and health promotion.

Competency 4

Interpersonal and Communication Skills
Residents are expected to demonstrate interpersonal and communication skills that enable them to establish and maintain professional relationships with patients, families, and other members of health care teams.

Literature in Medicine/Medical Letters (ATSU/KCUMB)

Competency 5

Residents are expected to uphold the Osteopathic Oath in the conduct of their professional activities that promote advocacy of patient welfare, adherence to ethical principles, collaboration with health professionals, life-long learning, and sensitivity to a diverse patient population. Residents should be cognizant of their own physical and mental health in order to care effectively for patients
Contributed Best Practices 

Competency 6

Practice-Based Learning and Improvement
Residents must demonstrate the ability to critically evaluate their methods of clinical practice, integrate evidence-based medicine into patient care, show an understanding of research methods, and improve patient care practices.
Contributed Best Practices 

Competency 7

System-Based Practice
Residents are expected to demonstrate an understanding of health care delivery systems, provide effective and qualitative patient care within the system, and practice cost-effective medicine