The ACGME has mandated a requirement that all accredited programs develop learning objectives for each of six competency areas:
Known as the Outcome Project, the long-term goal is to increase the emphasis on educational outcome assessment as part of the accreditation process. Expectations for increased emphasis on outcome assessment are reflected in changes to Program and Institutional Requirements that require programs to:
- Identify learning objectives related to the ACGME's general competencies
- Use increasingly more dependable (i.e. objective) methods of assessing residents' attainment of these competency-based objectives; and,
- Use outcome data to facilitate continuous improvement of both resident and residency program performance.