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Curriculum Content and Evaluation of Resident Competency in Anatomic Pathology
A Proposal

(Am J Clin Pathol 2003;120:652-660)

Association of Directors of Anatomic and Surgical Pathology

New program requirements promulgated by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) in the United States necessitate the development of a defined educational program (curriculum) for trainees in all medical specialties, focused on 6 main areas of competency: patient care , medical knowledge, practice-based learning and improvement , interpersonal and communication skills, professionalism, and systems-based practice. In parallel with any such curriculum, training programs are required to develop a detailed set of performance measures to evaluate each resident’s competence in these 6 areas. These new requirements are being implemented and, going forward, residency training programs are being inspected and assessed for accreditation according to these guidelines by the various residency review committees (RRCs) in each specialty area.

In anatomic pathology, as in most specialties, the largest and most detailed elements of such a curriculum are devoted to patient care and medical knowledge. Because these elements are taught very largely by anatomic and surgical pathologists, the Association of Directors of Anatomic and Surgical Pathology (ADASP) formed a working group in 2002, the role of which was to develop an “idealized” but flexible curriculum (with associated measures of competence) in anatomic pathology. This document represents the result of these efforts. Read the full document here