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    Foundation of Family Medicine Certification

    The Accreditation Council for the Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) and the 24 American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) certifying Boards agree that a physician must demonstrate six core competencies. These core competencies are the foundation of Family Medicine Certification and are assessed during medical training and throughout a physician's career.

    • Patient Care that is compassionate, appropriate, and effective for the treatment of health problems and the promotion of health
    • Medical Knowledge about established and evolving biomedical, clinical, and cognitive sciences and the application of the knowledge to patient care
    • Practice-based Learning and Improvement that involves investigation and self-evaluation, appraisal and assimilation of scientific evidence, and improvements in patient care
    • Interpersonal and Communication Skills that result in effective information exchange and collaboration with patients, their families, and other health professionals
    • Professionalism as manifested through a commitment to perform professional responsibilities, adherence to ethical principles, and sensitivity to a diverse patient population
    • 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 Family Medicine Certification assesses one or more of the core competencies.

    Four Parts of MOC

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