Essential Abilities Requirements for Appointment, Reappointment, Retention and Certification
University of Washington Internal Medicine Residency Training Program
Essential abilities are academic performance requirements that refer to those physical, cognitive and behavioral abilities required for satisfactory completion of all aspects of a graduate medical curriculum, and the development of personal attributes required by the faculty of all residents 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 internal medicine resident physician must possess and the use of a third party for the fulfillment of these attributes is not adequate. Additionally, residents must be legally authorized to practice in all healthcare clinical training sites.