GME Curriculum Policy

POLICY #: 8240.16


To establish uniform curriculum policies and procedures regarding educational goals and objectives, ACGME competencies and residents’ scholarly activities. 


1. All Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital Graduate Medical Education training programs are required to develop and implement curriculum in accordance with ACGME Common Program Requirements as outlined below.

2. It is recognized that each program may have further requirements as set forth by their specific Review Committee and that these requirements represent the minimum.

3. The curriculum must contain the following educational components:

a. Overall educational goals for the program, which the program must make available to residents and faculty;

b. Competency-based goals and objectives for each assignment at each educational level, which the program must distribute to residents and faculty at least annually, in either written or electronic form.

c. Regularly scheduled didactic sessions; and,

d. Delineation of resident responsibilities for patient care, progressive responsibility for patient management, and supervision of residents over the continuum of the program; and,

e. ACGME Competencies – The Program must integrate the following ACGME competencies into the curriculum:

i. Patient Care & Procedural Skills – Residents must be able to provide patient care that is compassionate, appropriate, and effective for the treatment of health problems and the promotion of health. Residents are expected to: (as further specified by the RC)

1. Residents must be able to competently perform all medical, diagnostic, and surgical procedures considered essential for the area of practice. Residents: (as further specified by the RC)

ii. Medical Knowledge – Residents must demonstrate knowledge of established and evolving biomedical, clinical, epidemiological and social-behavioral sciences, as well as the application of this knowledge to patient care. Residents are expected to: (as further specified by the RC)

iii. Practice-based Learning and Improvement – Residents must demonstrate the ability to investigate and evaluate their care of patients, to appraise and assimilate scientific evidence, and to continuously improve patient care based on constant self-evaluation and life-long learning. Residents are expected to develop skills and habits to be able to meet the following goals:

1. Identify strengths, deficiencies, and limits in one’s knowledge and expertise;

2. Set learning and improvement goals;

3. Identify and perform appropriate learning activities;

4. Systematically analyze practice using quality improvement methods, and implement changes with the goals of practice improvement;

5. Incorporate formative evaluation feedback into daily practice;

6. Locate, appraise, and assimilate evidence from scientific studies related to their patients’ health problems;

7. Use information technology to optimize learning; and,

8. Participate in the education of patients, families, students, residents and other health professionals. (as further specified by the RC)

iv. Interpersonal and Communication Skills – Residents must demonstrate interpersonal and communication skills that result in the effective exchange of information and collaboration with patients, their families, and health professionals. Residents are expected to:

1. Communicate effectively with patients, families, and the public, as appropriate, across a broad range of socioeconomic and cultural backgrounds;

2. Communicate effectively with physicians, other health professionals, and health related agencies;

3. Work effectively as a member or leader of a health care team or other professional group;

4. Act in a consultative role to other physicians and health professionals; and,

5. Maintain comprehensive, timely, and legible medical records, if applicable. (as further specified by the RC)

v. Professionalism – Residents must demonstrate a commitment to carrying out professional responsibilities and an adherence to ethical principles. Residents are expected to demonstrate:

1. Compassion, integrity, and respect for others;

2. Responsiveness to patient needs that supersedes self-interest;

3. Respect for patient privacy and autonomy;

4. Accountability to patients, society and the profession; and,

5. Sensitivity and responsiveness to a diverse patient population, including but not limited to diversity in gender, age, culture, race, religion, disabilities, and sexual orientation. (as further specified by the RC)

vi. Systems-based Practice – Residents must demonstrate an awareness of and responsiveness to the larger context and system of health care, as well as the ability to call effectively on other resources in the system to provide optimal health care. Residents are expected to:

1. Work effectively in various health care delivery settings and systems relevant to their clinical specialty;

2. Coordinate patient care within the health care system relevant to their clinical specialty;

3. Incorporate considerations of cost awareness and risk-benefit analysis in patient and/or population-based care as appropriate;

4. Advocate for quality patient care and optimal patient care systems;

5. Work in interprofessional teams to enhance patient safety and improve patient care quality; and

6. Participate in identifying system errors and implementing potential systems solutions. (as further specified by the RC)

f. Residents’ Scholarly Activities

i. The curriculum must advance residents’ knowledge of the basic principles of research, including how research is conducted, evaluated, explained to patients, and applied to patient care.

ii. Residents should participate in scholarly activity. (as further specified by the RC)

iii. The sponsoring institution (Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital) and program should allocate adequate educational resources to facilitate resident involvement in scholarly activities. (as further specified by the RC)


RECOMMENDED BY: A. Gersoff, MD DATE: 11/14
APPROVED BY: E. Wroblewski, MD DATE: 11/18
DATE REVIEWED: 1/12, 11/14, 1/18