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Professional Competencies Unit by Mind Map: Professional
Competencies Unit
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Professional Competencies Unit


To be able to reflect on personal values and perspectives, and consider other perspectives, to inform day-to-day care and decision-making.


identifying ethical aspects of daily practice, Articulate values implicit in physician-patient encounter, Shadowing exercise, F1 1-2

Aligning, distinguishing, and balancing personal values and professional aspirations, Ethical framework for thinking about work/life balance, Shadowing exercise, F1 1-2, Practice models, XXX, Duty to Care, Infectious outbreak, HIII 4, Conscientious objection and access, HD 1, Bias, stigma, and access: GONE (obesity); Neuro (addictions)

Be able to elicit and consider opinions (concerns, interests, values) of others, Asking pt questions in shadowing exercise, New node

To know and fulfill core professional responsibilities pertaining to relationships of trust, patients' rights, and the public interest in health and healthcare.

Be able to apply the CMA code of ethics and other guidelines/policies that may be applicable to your position as a student., Trust and codes of ethics F1 3

Informed consent

Relations with Industry, Industry role in research, Industry role in education, DTCA

Confidentiality, STIs and reporting requirements HIII 3

To be able to come to reasoned choices, together with colleagues, patients, and their caregivers as appropriate, when faced with dilemmas or other situations of uncertainty.

Be able to consult the literature

Be able to consult guidelines and policies, end of life, withdrawing/withholding life-sustaining treatment, "futility", "killing and letting die", pain relief and doctrine of double effect/"palliative sedation", "getting the DNR", advance directives and advance care planning, euthanasia and PAS, public policy, physician role, goals of medicine, definition of death, DCD, medical culture around death

To be honest, reliable, and trustworthy in professional practice.

History of medicine

Remains elective or?

a basic understanding that medicine has evolved over time, and will be able to explain in broad terms how this evolution has been shaped by changes in scientific knowledge and social factors.

be able to explain, in basic terms, how moral, philosophical, cultural, and religious belief systems have influenced medicine throughout history.

be able to use insights gained from reflecting on how medical knowledge has changed over time to critically evaluate current medical practices and controversies.

Health Law

Appreciate and act on professional responsibilities as expressed in law and regulation

Understand the legal framework for self-regulation and healthcare systems and its implications for practice

Understand the disciplinary processes and legal actions physicians engage in.

Population Health: Physician roles in population-based strategies

To be able to describe the health of the population/community

Sources of data and information

Measures of health and disease burden

Major causes of death and morbidity

Understand the determinants of health in a population

Multifactorial nature of causation including proximal and distal factors, How evidence/knowledge is obtained (study design), The importance of history taking, The importance of exposure: measuring attributable effects and burden of risk factors, Communicating risk to patients and the public

Distal determinants, income and social status, Social support, Education and literacy, Culture, Physical environment, Employment and work, Gender

Proximal determinants, Personal health practices, Coping, Child development, Health interventions

Develop and identify intervention (prevention and treatment) strategies at the indivudal and popualtion level

Primary, secondary and tertiary prevention

Intervening on risk versus exposure

To know the key roles for clinicians in promoting and implementing strategies, and to be able to incorporate them into practice, Screening, Risk factor management, advocacy, Leadership, Infectious disease prevention, management, investigation, Motivating and facilitating behavior change in patients

Health system design, Primary care models, Chronic care models, Methods of remuneration for providers, Continuous quality improvement, Health technology assessment

Healthy public policy

Health protection, Infectious disease managemnt, Occupational and environmental health

Evaluate the effectiveness and efficiency of interventions

Health Practice & Systems

Understand the systems that ensure safe and economical prescribing of drugs and devices

Employ and participate in systems level approaches for quality improvement and the prevention of adverse events

Medication safety

Surgical safety

Understand the discipline of patient safety & its role in minimizing the incidence and impact of adverse events

Infection control

Understand how systems thinking can improve health care and minimize patient adverse events

Describe the relationship between systems thinking, blame and accountability

Human factors and systems engineering for safety

aka Patient Safety

aka Quality improvement

aka informatics

Understand the structure, funding, history and values of healthcare systems and public health in Canada

Understand challenges facing the profession and the healthcare system

Future of Medicare


aka Leadership, Develop personal qualities and skills for leadership, Understand the environment for the practice of medicine and opportunities for physicians to participate in and lead change

Continuum of Care

Primary Care Reform

Have a practical understanding of a range of practice environments in which physicians provide care and patients access care

Have a practical understanding of management issues to which they are exposed and in which they participate, Record Keeping, Privacy, Practice models

Understand the funding and policy environment of community practice

aka Business of Medicine

Ethics of conflict of interest and referral relationships, including self-referral

Understand the regulatory environment of community practice


knowledge exchange

Medical records, Terminology standards, Data quality/accuracy, Coding

Clinical information systems

Digital imaging repositories

Clinical decision support


patient safety

Patient alerts

Embedded decision support (e.g. drug alerts)

quality improvement and performance evaluation

monitoring adherence to practice guidelines

Practice audit

efficiency and accountability in health care

System performance (process and outcomes)

Resource allocation

Public health

population health monitoring

outbreak detection

Consumer health literacy

Patient education


Personal health record

Orphaned populations/topics

Should we aim to have weeks that look at the "condition" of the week from a vulnerable population perspective?


Aboriginal Health

Poverty and health

Addictions medicine

Occupational Medicine

Environmental Medicine

Life in medicine


Be aware of how the physical and emotional demands of medical school, including traumatic events such as patient deaths and medical errors affect them on a personal and professional level.

Be able to utilize practical and sustainable strategies for self-care.

Define and maintain healthy boundaries and the strategies to address the challenges to these boundaries.

Function in a mutually supportive and collegial manner., 1. be able to identify colleagues in need, and, 2. be able to outline an ethical and professional response to colleague's problems.

Career planning

what is required in order to establish, develop, and maintain a career in medicine, including adjusting goals and practice patterns over time.

identify what constitutes meaningful work for them, and align their efforts toward achieving their main priorities.

Students will understand the importance of continued professional development and be able to develop their own learning plans.

Evidence-Based Practice and Practice-based evidence

Routinely employ central statistical concepts in clinical practice

Routinely consider NNT and NNH in formulating treatment options

Routinely consider PPV and NPV in the choice and interpretation of diagnostic testing

"How Doctors Think"

Identify, access and critically appraise relevant biomedical information resources and apply evidence-based principles to the care of patients.

Practice evidence-based medicine, Frame a searchable question, Efficiently search the literature, Critically appraise retrieved articles, Apply the evidence in clinical practice (i.e. integrate with clinical expertise and patient values), Reflect and evaluate (on EBP skills?)