Competency 1, Entry-Level Clinical Decision-Making in Acute Care, states: “Clinical reasoning is the deliberation about a course of action within a specific context and with an ability to anticipate outcomes guided by a framework of previous experiences and knowledge of best evidence.
In acute care, clinical reasoning serves as the foundation for competency in all areas – including communication, safety, discharge planning and patient management.“6.
The Accreditation Council for Pharmaceutical Education (ACPE)ACPC includes a standard guideline for accreditation Schools of Pharmacy Education to develop strength in their students' critical thinking through effective teaching and learning strategies, and to demonstrate this achievement through outcomes assessment (12.1, 12.2, 13.1)2.
The Association of American Medical Colleges The AAMC’s Group on Student Affairs (GSA) Committee on Admissions (COA) endorses ‘The 15 Core Competencies for Entering Medical Students.’ Competencies include critical thinking (Uses logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions, or approaches to problems) and quantitative reasoning (Applies quantitative reasoning and appropriate mathematics to describe or explain phenomena in the natural world).3.
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The American Association of Medical Assistants AAMA recognizes the importance of critical thinking in the skills needed by Certified Medical Assistants. Balasa, Executive Director of the AAMA, described critical thinking skills as a linchpin in the practice of the patient-centered care provided by the CMA, used to identify and appropriately refer issues worthy of special attention to the physician and other care team members.8.
The Council on Social Work Education The Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards lays out 10 core social work competencies.