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Table 3 NPM Roles and Prematriculation Program Examples by ACGME Competency

From: Alignment of roles of near-peer mentors for medical students underrepresented in medicine with medical education competencies: a qualitative study

CompetencyDefinitionNear-peer mentor roles
Patient Care and Procedural SkillsProvide patient care that is compassionate, appropriate, and effective for the treatment of health problems and the promotion of health.Teach and supervise clinical skills.
Assist near-peers with transitions in a compassionate manner.
Medical KnowledgeDemonstrate knowledge about established and evolving biomedical, clinical, and cognate (e.g. epidemiological and social-behavioral) sciences and the application of this knowledge to patient care.Explain, organize, and assess medical knowledge.
Share evidence-based resources
Practice-Based Learning and ImprovementInvestigate and evaluate their patient care practices, appraise and assimilate scientific evidence, and improve their patient care practices.Reflect and improve on own training experiences.
Review outcome data and participate in scholarly activities.
Interpersonal and Communication SkillsDemonstrate interpersonal and communication skills that result in effective information exchange and teaming with patients, patients’ families, and professional associates.Demonstrate effective communication with program participants, co- near peer mentors, and course faculty.
ProfessionalismDemonstrate a commitment to carrying out professional responsibilities, adherence to ethical principles, and sensitivity to a diverse patient population.Demonstrate professional conduct and accountability
Positive response to constructive criticism.
Systems-Based PracticeDemonstrate an awareness of and responsiveness to the larger context and system of health care and the ability to effectively call on system resources to provide care that is of optimal value.Understand institutional mission and its relationship to the community’s health care needs.
Utilize system resources and work in teams to advocate for optimal outcomes.
  1. The definition column includes description from the 1999 approved language for the ACGME Competencies [19]. The roles column describes knowledge, skills, and attitudes tied to a competency that can relate to near-peer mentors