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Introduction and Objectives

  • In 2002, ACGME identified six ACGME Core Competencies: patient care; medical knowledge; practice-based learning and improvement; interpersonal and communication skills; professionalism; and systems-based practice.
  • AAMC recommended lists of similar competencies for the curricula of medical schools. Competency based curricula have been widely implemented in medical schools.
  • Effective shifting in the graduate medical educational programs has been reported in various clinical specialties.
  • There is a lack of reported efforts and development on competency training in early preclinical years of medical education.


  • To explore methods for strengthening medical students’ competency training during preclinical undergraduate medical education.
  • To measure improvement in five out of the six ACGME Core Competencies, namely: patient care, medical knowledge, practice-based learning and improvement, interpersonal and communication skills, and professionalism.
  • To establish a foundation for implementation of future programs aimed at improving pre-clinical medical student competency training.

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Gaining Competencies During Early Medical Training, Medical Students as Teaching Assistants in Dissection-Based Anatomy Course, Department of Pathology, Anatomy and Cell Biology, Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, poster


Medical Anatomy | Medical Cell Biology | Medical Pathology


Poster presented at: 2016 Experimental Biology conference in San Diego, California.

Gaining Competencies During Early Medical Training: Medical Students as Teaching Assistants in Dissection-Based Anatomy Course