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Abstract

A signal report of the Institute of Medicine (IOM) in 2003 stated that profound changes were needed in how health systems are designed, and postulated that such redesign could not take place without properly preparing health care professionals to take on this task. It established a set of core competencies (competence in patient-centered care, interdisciplinary teaming, evidence-based practice, quality improvement, and informatics) that future professionals should possess. The current study was conducted to determine the extent to which these core competencies have been incorporated into curricula by colleges/schools of allied health. A survey was e-mailed to 112 institutional representatives of the member institutions of the Association of Schools of Allied Health Professions for completion online. Thirty (26.8%) responded, and results were tabulated by Zoomerang software. Results indicated high desire to integrate the competencies and moderate to strong success in doing so. Most often, the competencies were included via integration throughout the curriculum, and rarely in standalone courses. This curriculum integrative approach makes sense, in the opinion of the author, as it has students apply the recommended competencies in concert with each other to various areas of content and scenarios rather than applying each in isolation within single standalone courses.

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