Competencies Working Group Update

May 4, 2012 9:45 AM – 11:15 AM

Rosalyn P. Scott MD, MSHA, Dayton VA Medical Center
Timothy Willett, MD
Valerie Smothers, MA, MedBiquitous

Competencies are becoming pervasive throughout healthcare. Internationally, competency frameworks are integral to and driving the design and evaluation of health care education, training, MOC and credentialing. For example, the VA has recently mandated that facilities develop a plan to ensure ongoing proficiency in Womens Health for primary care providers. The MedBiquitous Competencies Working Group, chartered in December 2005, has been developing XML standards for competency frameworks. The work of this group is becoming increasingly critical as other MedBiquitous standards efforts such as educational achievement and curriculum inventory incorporate competency references. Recent deliberations have resolved several important concerns: (1) assessment and milestones/levels of performance should not be within competency framework standard; (2) relationships allowed between and within components of a framework and frameworks themselves; and, (3) management strategy for versions, role and lifecycle. The MedBiquitous Executive Committee has approved a separate standards development effort around milestones and levels of performance. This work is the key next step in the evolution of a comprehensive library of standards to address the continuum of healthcare education and life-long learning. This presentation will provide an update on the current status of the Competency Framework and the Performance framework standards development projects.