The CCFP hereby requires that all family physicians achieve the core competencies listed below:

Professional values, attitudes, behavior & ethics/professionalism skills/moral reasoning & ethical judgment

  • commitment to carrying out professional responsibilities adherence to ethical principles, and sensibility to a diverse patient population.


Scientific foundations of medicine/medical knowledge

  • possess the knowledge required for the solid scientific foundation of medicine and able to apply this knowlege to solve medical problems.
  • understand the principles underlying medical decisions and actions, able to adapt to change with time and the context of his practice
  • knowlege about established and evolving biomedical, clinical and cognate (e.g. Epidemiological and social behavioral) sciences and the application of this knowlege to patient care.


Communication skills/interpersonal and communication skills/effective communication

  • create an environment in which mutual learning occurs with and among patients, their relatives, members of the health care team and colleagues, and the public through effective communications
  • history-taking skills


Clinical skills/patient care/procedural skills/diagnosis & management

  • diagnose and manage the care of patients in an effective and efficient way
  • provide care that is compassionate, appropriate, and effective for the treatment of health problems and the promotion of health.


Population health and health systems/social community context of healthcare

  • understand their role in protecting and promoting the health of a whole population and able to take appropriate actions
  • understand the principles of health systems organization and their economic and legislative foundations
  • basic understanding of the efficient and effective management of the health care system


Management of information

  • understand the capabilities and limitations of information analysis and management of knowledge and able to use it for medical problem solving and decision-making.


Critical thinking and research/practice-based learning and improvement/ problem-solving

  • ability to think scientifically and use scientific methods
  • involves investigation and evaluation of their patient care, appraisal and assimilation of scientific evidence, and improvement in patient care.

Institute of International Medical Education (IIME)
Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME)
Harvard Macy Institute
Medical schools (UNC, UM)