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Changing education to improve patient care
  1. D C Leach, executive director
  1. Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME), Chicago, IL 60610, USA
  1. Dr D C Leach, ACGME, 515 North State Street, Suite 2000, Chicago, IL 60610, USA dcl{at}


Health professionals need competencies in improvement skills if they are to contribute usefully to improving patient care. Medical education programmes in the USA have not systematically taught improvement skills to residents (registrars in the UK). The Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) has recently developed and begun to deploy a competency based model for accreditation that may encourage the development of improvement skills by the 100 000 residents in accredited programmes. Six competencies have been identified for all physicians, independent of specialty, and measurement tools for these competencies have been described. This model may be applicable to other healthcare professions. This paper explores patterns that inhibit efforts to change practice and proposes an educational model to provide changes in management skills based on trainees' analysis of their own work.

  • physician education
  • improvement skills
  • accreditation
  • competency

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