University of Washington
School of Medicine
Fellowship Abilities Requirements
Essential abilities for fellows are those
academic performance requirements that refer to the physical, cognitive and behavioral
abilities necessary for satisfactory completion of all aspects
of a graduate medical curriculum, and the development of personal attributes required by the faculty
of all fellows at certification. The essential abilities required by the curriculum are in
the following areas: motor, sensory, communication, intellectual (conceptual, integrative, and
quantitative abilities for problem solving and diagnosis) and the behavioral and social aspects of the performance
of a physician. These are attributes each Cardiology Fellow must possess and the use of a third party
for the fulfillment of these attributes is not adequate. Additionally, fellows must be
legally authorized to practice in all healthcare clinical training sites.
- Physical dexterity to master technical and procedural aspects of patient care.
- Adequate physical stamina and energy to carry out taxing duties over long hours.
- Bilateral upper extremity manual dexterity to perform complex diagnostic and therapeutic
- Fellows must be able to gather information with all senses, especially sight, hearing, and touch,
in order to gather a medical and psychosocial history, perform a physical examination, and diagnose
and treat patients.
- Fellows must be able to communicate effectively with patients, including gathering information appropriately,
explaining medical information in a patient-centered manner, listening effectively, recognizing,
acknowledging and responding to emotions, and exhibiting sensitivity to social and cultural
- Fellows must be able to communicate effectively and work cooperatively with supervisors,
other residents, and all other health care team members.
- Fellows must be able to comprehend and learn factual knowledge from readings and didactic presentations,
gather information independently, analyze and synthesize learned material and apply information to
clinical situations. Fellows must be able to develop habits of life-long learning.
- Fellows must be able to develop sound clinical judgment and exhibit well-integrated knowledge
about the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of illness within their scope of practice.
They must be comfortable with uncertainty and ambiguity in clinical situations, and seek the
advice of others when appropriate.
Behavioral, Social and Professional Abilities
- Fellows must possess the emotional maturity and stability to function effectively
under stress that is inherent in medicine and to adapt to circumstances that are
unpredictable or that change rapidly. They must be able to interact productively,
cooperatively and in a collegial manner with individuals of differing personalities and
backgrounds, and be an active contributor to the process of providing health care by
demonstrating the ability to engage in teamwork and team building. They must demonstrate
the ability to identify and set priorities in patient management and in all aspects of
their professional work. They must be punctual and perform work in a timely manner.
- Fellows must be capable of empathetic response to individuals in many circumstances and be
sensitive to social and cultural differences.
- Fellows must exhibit an ethic of professionalism, including the ability to place
others' needs ahead of their own. They must exhibit compassion, empathy, altruism,
integrity, responsibility and tolerance, as well as demonstrate the ability to exercise the
requisite judgment required in the practice of medicine.