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September 23/30, 1998

Defining Competency

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Copyright 1998 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved. Applicable FARS/DFARS Restrictions Apply to Government Use.1998American Medical Association

JAMA. 1998;280(12):1041. doi:10.1001/jama.280.12.1041-JQU80006-6-1

All practices in occupational and environmental medicine are not equal.

In recognition of that characteristic of its members' work, the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM) has issued its first inventory of competencies in 26 categories of occupational medicine. Because the knowledge base of physicians who manage occupational injuries and fitness for duty issues may differ substantially from those who consult on environmental concerns, the college devised its list as a comprehensive "menu" of competencies rather than a universal core.

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