A Dedicated General Competencies Curriculum for Radiology Residents

Source:  A Dedicated General Competencies Curriculum for Radiology Residents    Tag:  quality assurance in diagnostic radiology
A Dedicated General Competencies Curriculum for Radiology Residents: Development and Implementation


Rationale and Objectives: The Accreditation Council on Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) through its Outcome Project requires training programs in all medical specialties to integrate six general competencies into residency training: patient care, medical knowledge, professionalism, interpersonal and communication skills, practice-based learning and improvement, and systems-based practice. In response, a required, or dedicated general competencies rotation for diagnostic radiology residents was instituted.

Materials and Methods: We describe the development and implementation of this rotation. The rotation augments the core curriculum, with primary emphasis placed on resident-initiated quality improvement (QI) and quality assurance (QA) projects.

Results: Between academic years 2003 and 2009 diagnostic radiology residents completed 38 QI/QA projects and performed clinical float coverage for the department. Residents met requirements of the systems-based practice and practice-based learning competency domains. In this process, residents improved their medical knowledge, interpersonal communication skills, professionalism, and provided patient care.

Conclusions: A dedicated general competencies rotation can be successfully implemented, and complement the requirements of the core curriculum. In combination with coverage for clinical services, the rotation makes a substantive contribution to resident education
to further the goal of improved patient care.