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Common Program Requirements

The Common Program Requirements (which include the General Competencies) set by the ACGME are in place to ensure that ACGME-accredited programs follow a basic set of standards (requirements) in training and preparing resident and fellow physicians in all specialties and subspecialties.

These requirements set the context within clinical learning environments for residents and fellows to develop the skills, knowledge, and attitudes necessary to take personal responsibility for the individual care of patients. In addition, they facilitate an environment where residents and fellows can interact with patients under the guidance and supervision of faculty members who give value, context, and meaning to those interactions.

The Common Program Requirements provide direction on areas ranging from Program Personnel and Resources to Professionalism to Duty Hours.

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