Several years ago the American Board of Pediatrics developed a list of 101 technical procedures, which was sent to directors of accredited pediatric programs (N = 231). There was a 70% response and 72 of 101 procedures were considered necessary for residents to develop competency by at least 80% of the program directors. The list of 72 procedures was then sent to 500 randomly selected general pediatricians from a pool size of 10 304. The response rate was 35%. Forty-nine of the 72 procedures were considered necessary by 80% of those responding and one third of the skills (24 of 72) could be classified as absolutely necessary because more than 95% of practitioners considered them to be. Only 7 procedural skills were considered unnecessary by more than 50% of practitioners. It is suggested that program directors consider the 24 skills as ones that should be taught and competence in performing them be verified and recorded.
- Received April 30, 1990.
- Accepted September 12, 1990.
- Copyright © 1991 by the American Academy of Pediatrics