The UGSM has 7 core competencies which students must achieve by the end of their training programme


1. Competency #1: Technical expertise

Physicians must possess a defined body of knowledge and clinical and procedural skills that are directed to effective patient-centred care.


2. Competency #2: Communication

Effective communication is critical for optimal patient outcomes. Physicians enable patient centered therapeutic communication through shared decision-making and dynamic interactions with patients, families, caregivers, other professionals, and important other individuals. The application of communication skills and the nature of the doctor-patient relationship will vary for different specialties, but certain fundamental abilities must be acquired by all physicians.


3. Competency #3: Collaboration

CAAM-HP Medical Education Database, UGSM: Section III, 2016 5 Physicians must be able to collaborate effectively with patients, families, and a multidisciplinary team of health professionals, not just for the provision of optimal care, but also for education and scholarship.


4. Competency #4: Scholarship

Physicians are expected to demonstrate a lifelong commitment to reflective learning, as well as the creation, dissemination, application and translation of medical knowledge.


5. Competency #5: Health Advocacy

As individuals, and collectively, physicians must be prepared to use their expertise and influence to promote health at different levels of society. Individual patients need assistance to navigate the healthcare system and access appropriate health care resources in a timely manner. Communities and societies need physicians’ special expertise to identify and prioritize health issues and guide changes in relevant practices and policies.


6. Competency #6: Management

Whether they are members of healthcare organizations or private practitioners, physicians must function as managers in their everyday practice activities, making decisions involving CAAM-HP Medical Education Database, UGSM: Section III, 2016 7 co-workers, allocation of scarce resources, organizational tasks and policies, while balancing their personal and professional lives. They require the ability to prioritize, execute tasks effectively, and collaborate with co-workers in order to contribute meaningfully to the overall health care system.


7. Competency #7: Professionalism

Medical professionals must be committed to promoting the health and well-being of individuals and
standards of behaviour. The privilege of profession-led regulation that society allows medical practitioners must be repaid by maintenance of accountability to those who are served.

The above mentioned competencies are enduring understanding that a taught in each individual course in the curriculum.

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