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The Competencies are organised according to the ten domains of the RACP Professional Practice Framework. These competencies apply to both Basic Training in Adult Internal Medicine and Paediatrics & Child Health.
Competencies for Basic Trainees in Adult Internal Medicine and Paediatrics & Child Health (PDF 0.8MB)
Some parts of the curriculum standards relate to content in other curriculum standards. For example, in the Medical Expertise domain you can access links to related Entrustable Professional Activities and related Knowledge Guide content. View the related content within each of the following domains by clicking the '+' symbol.
The Competencies for Basic Training provide guidance into the professional behaviours, values and practices expected of a trainee.
Develop knowledge of the scientific basis of health and disease and apply this to the management of patients (see knowledge guides).
Recognise critically unwell patients, initiate management, and escalate as appropriate.
Gather relevant data via age- and context-appropriate means to develop reasonable differential diagnoses, recognising and considering interactions and impacts of comorbidities.
Formulate management plans in partnership with patients, families, or carers1 and in collaboration with the health care team.
1References to patients in the remainder of this document may include their families or carers.
Develop diagnoses and management plans that integrate an understanding of individual patients’ circumstances, including psychosocial factors and specific vulnerabilities, epidemiology, and population health factors (see knowledge guides).
Use effective and appropriate verbal, non-verbal, and written communication skills.
Demonstrate collaborative, effective, and empathetic communication with patients, families, and carers.
Take responsibility for the safe care of individual patients.
Engage in continuous quality improvement methods.
Undertake effective self-education and continuing professional development.
Refer to evidence-based clinical guidelines and critically analyse medical literature, understanding the limitations of evidence and the challenges of applying research in daily practice.
Understand research methodology and the process for designing a research project.
Identify and address their own cultural learning needs.
Understand and practise according to current community and professional ethical standards and legal requirements.
Develop leadership and management skills to enable them to become a role model and leader in professional practice.
Work effectively in multidisciplinary teams.
Maintain personal health and wellbeing and consider the health and safety of juniors, peers, senior colleagues, and other health professionals.
Demonstrate a basic understanding of health funding and the influence of societal, political, and economic pressures.
Respond to individual patients’ health needs by advocating for them within and outside the clinical environment.
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