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Defining competence for the purposes of certification

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Report of the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) Working Group on the Certification Process

The evaluation objectives guide the assessment of competence in family medicine, at the start of independent practice, for the purposes of certification by the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC). They describe the skills and behaviours that are indicative of competence in dealing with the clinical tasks and problems that make up the domain of competence to be assessed.

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The Patient-Centred Approach
Communication Skills with Patients
Communication Skills with Colleagues (includes key features for Charting skills)
Clinical Reasoning Skills
Procedure Skills
Priority Topics and Key Features


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