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.


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