ACGME Core Competencies

The American Board of Pediatrics (ABP) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program assesses the six core competencies adopted by the Accreditation Council for the Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) and the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) in 1999. The core competencies, assessed during medical training and throughout a physician's career, are the foundation of MOC.

  1. Patient Care that is compassionate, appropriate, and effective for the treatment of health problems and the promotion of health
  2. Medical Knowledge about established and evolving biomedical, clinical, and cognitive sciences and the application of the knowledge to patient care
  3. Practice-based Learning and Improvement that involves investigation and self-evaluation, appraisal and assimilation of scientific evidence, and improvements in patient care
  4. Interpersonal and Communication Skills that result in effective information exchange and collaboration with patients, their families, and other health professionals
  5. Professionalism as manifested through a commitment to professional responsibilities, adherence to ethical principles, and sensitivity to a diverse patient population
  6. Systems-based Practice as manifested by actions that demonstrate an awareness of and responsiveness to the larger context and system of health care and the ability to use system resources to provide optimal care

Each of the four parts of MOC addresses one or more of the core competencies as shown in this chart.

Core Competencies as they relate to the four parts of MOC

Competence with Information Technology

Consistent with the ABMS/ACGME general competencies, the ABP expects its candidates and diplomates to use information technology (including the use of personal computers, the Internet, and e-mail) to support patient care decisions and patient education, better manage medical information, maintain certification and support their continuing medical education efforts.