In Reply to Templeton et al
Medical boards in all states should take similar steps to determine if their current minimal training requirements are commensurate with maintaining the safety of the public. These same medical boards should also continue to review the work being done to understand the components of competency-based education. Medical schools and graduate medical education programs are beginning to redesign curricula to be flexible and to continually assess each learner’s knowledge, skills, professionalism, and teamwork such that all learners must achieve particular milestones and demonstrate specific core entrustable professional activities before advancing to the next level of training.1
Medical licensing requirements to protect the safety of the public should keep step with modern requirements to assess minimum competency. These requirements should not be locked in 50-year-old standards. I applaud Dr. Templeton and her colleagues for their work in reviewing and updating the standards in Kansas. I encourage them—and others—to measure, review, and reassess their actions on a regular basis.