The pathology milestones and the next accreditation system

Wesley Y. Naritoku, C. Bruce Alexander, Betsy D. Bennett, W. Stephen Black-Schaffer, Mark D. Brissette, Margaret M. Grimes, Robert D. Hoffman, Jennifer L. Hunt, Julia C. Iezzoni, Rebecca Johnson, Jessica Kozel, Ricardo M. Mendoza, Miriam D. Post, Suzanne Z. Powell, Gary W. Procop, Jacob J. Steinberg, Linda M. Thorsen, Steven P. Nestler

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Context. - In the late 1990s, the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education developed the Outcomes Project and the 6 general competencies with the intent to improve the outcome of graduate medical education in the United States. The competencies were used as the basis for developing learning goals and objectives and tools to evaluate residents' performance. By the mid-2000s the stakeholders in resident education and the general public felt that the Outcomes Project had fallen short of expectations. Objective. - To develop a new evaluation method to track trainee progress throughout residency using benchmarks called milestones. A change in leadership at the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education brought a new vision for the accreditation of training programs and a radically different approach to the evaluation of residents. Data Sources. - The Pathology Milestones Working Group reviewed examples of developing milestones in other specialties, the literature, and the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education program requirements for pathology to develop pathology milestones. The pathology milestones are a set of objective descriptors for measuring progress in the development of competency in patient care, procedural skill sets, medical knowledge, practice-based learning and improvement, interpersonal and communication skills, professionalism, and systemsbased practice. Conclusions. - The milestones provide a national standard for evaluation that will be used for the assessment of all residents in Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education-accredited pathology training programs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)307-315
Number of pages9
JournalArchives of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 2014

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine
  • Medical Laboratory Technology


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