Thursday Keynote Address: Achieving Desired Outcomes in Graduate Medical Education

Event Description

The launch of the Outcome Project in 2001 officially marked the beginning of competency-based medical education (CBME) in the U.S. The six general competencies of CBME provide an important framework that define key educational outcomes for physicians. CBME makes explicit the intense developmental process involved in becoming a specialist, which necessitates training programs that use the key educational principles of professional development to reexamine curricular design and approaches to assessment. To address the challenges of implementation and transformation, this plenary will review lessons learned from the early years of CBME, the first six years of EM Milestones use, and recently-introduced learning analytics. The session will conclude with a discussion about the next steps needed to realize the full promise of outcomes-based education.



  • Discuss the early lessons learned from the implementation of the six general competencies and milestones.
  • Discuss and apply key developmental learning theories and approaches in residency training.
  • Examine early data from learning analytics with milestones data to support learner professional development.
  • Discuss next steps in the outcomes-based education journey for graduate medical education.

  • Eric S. Holmboe, MD

    Chief Research, Milestones Development and Evaluation Officer

    Dr. Holmboe is Chief Research, Milestones Development and Evaluation Officer at the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). He is Adjunct Professor of Medicine at the Yale University School of Medicine, the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, and the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University. He previously served as the Associate Program Director, Yale Primary Care Internal Medicine Residency Program, Director of Student Clinical Assessment, Yale School of Medicine and Assistant Director of the Yale Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars program. Before joining Yale in 2000, he served as Division Chief of General Internal Medicine at the National Naval Medical Center. Dr. Holmboe retired from the US Naval Reserves in 2005. His research interests include interventions to improve quality of care and methods in the assessment of clinical competence. His professional memberships include the American College of Physicians, where he is a Master of the College, Society of General Internal Medicine and Association of Medical Education in Europe. He is an honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians in London, honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, and honorary fellow of the Academy of Medical Educators. Dr. Holmboe is a graduate of Franklin and Marshall College and the University of Rochester School of Medicine. He completed his residency and chief residency at Yale-New Haven Hospital, and was a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar at Yale University.

Event Information

May 13, 2021 9:30 AM to 10:00 AM (Central Daylight Time)