AMA Wire

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

For Residents

Survey reveals gaps in physician core competencies

New physicians are most lacking in communication skills and systems-based practice, according to a white paper by the American Hospital Association's (AHA) Physician Leadership Forum.

The AHA forum, which aims to evaluate how physician education can be improved to prepare for the next generation of health care delivery, asked its regional policy boards, governing councils and committees to rank how evident and how important each of the core competencies were in their organizations.

The surveyed groups were asked to discuss the skills they believe physicians needed to practice and lead in a reformed health care environment, and where the core competencies fell short of training physicians to posses those skills. The biggest gap identified is training in providing cost-conscious, effective medical care in a system-based practice. Many also think that physicians need more interprofessional training to learn how to work more collaboratively in a team-based structure.

The report stressed the role hospitals play in educating physicians on quality improvement and in creating integrated environments that foster the development of the core competencies, including the increased use of simulation centers and other education tools. Finally, they noted that the delivery system plays a significant role in shaping medical education, and that payment models will need to encourage and value the competencies.

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Abstracts due Aug. 31 for AMA Research Symposium

Residents and fellows have a unique opportunity to present their original research during the 10th annual AMA Research Symposium, which will take place in November in Honolulu during the Interim Meeting of the AMA House of Delegates.

Abstract submissions are due Aug. 31 and must be of original work by current residents and fellows. Abstracts should fall into one of two categories: clinical vignette or clinical medicine. Submissions covering clinical medicine can cover quality improvement, health policy, clinical research or medical education. 

Abstracts may also be entered into a podium presentation competition, which will take place in addition to the poster symposium.