• Vol. 38 No. 2, 172–173
  • 15 February 2009

Qualitative Physician Competencies: Are They Neglected?



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Most medical educators would agree that the qualitative competencies of a doctor, such as professionalism, are just as important as their knowledge and practical skills, which in turn, are more easily quantified. In this age where society demands our doctors to be competent beyond knowledge and practical skills domains, outcome-based education has never been more important. The US Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) lists 6 general competencies,1 the UK General Medical Council lists 7 principles of professional practice2 and the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada lists 7 roles3 desired in physicians which are used to structure medical training. What kind of competencies do we want our local graduating doctors to possess? The Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine (YLLSoM) Medical Curriculum Review Team has identified 6 desired physician competencies we want our graduates to excel in: knowledge, practical skills, professionalism, effective communication, self-directed learning and teamwork.

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