An approach to fulfilling the systems-based practice competency requirement. Academic Article uri icon


  • The Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME)-identified core competency of systems-based practice requires the demonstration of an awareness of the larger context and system of health care, and the ability to call on system resources to provide optimum care. This article describes an approach to teaching and fulfilling the requirement of this core competency in an emergency medicine residency. Beginning residents are oriented to community resources that are important to the larger context of care outside the emergency department. Each resident completes a community project during his or her residency. Readings and discussions concerning community-oriented medical care and the literature of research and injury prevention in emergency medicine precede the project development. Several projects are described in detail. Such projects help to teach not only awareness of the community resources of the greater context of medical practice outside the emergency department, but also how to use those resources. Projects could be a main component of a resident portfolio. This approach to teaching the core competency of systems-based practice is proposed as an innovative and substantial contribution toward satisfying the requirement of the core competency.

publication date

  • November 2002