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Competencies in Veterinary Education

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Competence lies at the heart of education. Educators and students alike seek for learners to master knowledge, skills and abilities that bring value and satisfaction, serve society, and advance individual disciplines. Fundamental to helping learners achieve competence, and, more broadly, to building disciplines' capacities to advance, is the ability to define what entails competence within disciplines. Efforts have been made over more than a century to define core competencies in veterinary medical practice. Associated efforts have sought to determine the extent to which education should be tied to identified competencies, how to help students achieve competence, and how to assess competence.

Contributions that summarize or shed additional light on the role of competencies in veterinary medicine and veterinary medical education will be considered, and can include a variety of article types including, but not limited to: Systematic Reviews, Policy and Practice Reviews, Conceptual Analysis, Original Research, or Brief Research Report.

Potential subtopics might include:
• Assessing clinical competence
• Assessing interprofessional competence
• Assessing the validity of a competency-based approach
• A comparison of approaches to competencies across the medical health professions
• Competency based assessment in veterinary specialty colleges
• Competency based veterinary education
• Competency frameworks
• Competencies and accreditation
• Competencies and programmatic assessment
• Defining the core in veterinary education
• Entrustable professional activities
• Faculty development for a competency-based approach
• Evidence associated with competency-based approaches
• Historical perspectives on veterinary competency
• Milestones
• Non-technical Competencies
• Psychometrics and Competency
• Other relevant topics related to competencies in veterinary medicine or veterinary medical education


Keywords: Competencies, competency framework, assessment of competencies, EPAs, Milestones, CBVE


Important Note: All contributions to this Research Topic must be within the scope of the section and journal to which they are submitted, as defined in their mission statements. Frontiers reserves the right to guide an out-of-scope manuscript to a more suitable section or journal at any stage of peer review.

Competence lies at the heart of education. Educators and students alike seek for learners to master knowledge, skills and abilities that bring value and satisfaction, serve society, and advance individual disciplines. Fundamental to helping learners achieve competence, and, more broadly, to building disciplines' capacities to advance, is the ability to define what entails competence within disciplines. Efforts have been made over more than a century to define core competencies in veterinary medical practice. Associated efforts have sought to determine the extent to which education should be tied to identified competencies, how to help students achieve competence, and how to assess competence.

Contributions that summarize or shed additional light on the role of competencies in veterinary medicine and veterinary medical education will be considered, and can include a variety of article types including, but not limited to: Systematic Reviews, Policy and Practice Reviews, Conceptual Analysis, Original Research, or Brief Research Report.

Potential subtopics might include:
• Assessing clinical competence
• Assessing interprofessional competence
• Assessing the validity of a competency-based approach
• A comparison of approaches to competencies across the medical health professions
• Competency based assessment in veterinary specialty colleges
• Competency based veterinary education
• Competency frameworks
• Competencies and accreditation
• Competencies and programmatic assessment
• Defining the core in veterinary education
• Entrustable professional activities
• Faculty development for a competency-based approach
• Evidence associated with competency-based approaches
• Historical perspectives on veterinary competency
• Milestones
• Non-technical Competencies
• Psychometrics and Competency
• Other relevant topics related to competencies in veterinary medicine or veterinary medical education


Keywords: Competencies, competency framework, assessment of competencies, EPAs, Milestones, CBVE


Important Note: All contributions to this Research Topic must be within the scope of the section and journal to which they are submitted, as defined in their mission statements. Frontiers reserves the right to guide an out-of-scope manuscript to a more suitable section or journal at any stage of peer review.

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