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Zagreb University School of Medicine
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Arijana Meštrović. Competency development in biomedicine. Biochemia Medica 2015;25(Suppl 1):S5-S6

Pharma Expert, Zagreb, Croatia


Competence is ability based on outcomes and professional achievements. Knowledge, skills and experience are main component of competence. Level of competence is directly influenced by level of motivation of the healthcare professional to help the patient in concrete situation. It is the individual ability to make deliberate choices from a repertoire of behaviours for handling situations and tasks in specific context of professional biomedicine practice, by using and integrating knowledge and personal values, in accordance with professional role and responsibilities.

Education plays important role in development of practical and theoretical knowledge, but also in development of attitudes, intuition, motivation and humanity. It is possible to develop competencies by accepting facts, by exercise, experience and active participation in social life of the community.

This presentation will show various possibilities not only for competency evaluation, but also for teaching methodologies, which aim to connect science and practice to increase the level of competence.

Evaluation of knowledge, skills and attitudes can determine actual level of competence, but it can also serve as a starting point for workforce development. Often, such evaluation is important part of human resources development on organisational level. Evaluation models are supporting management and organisation activities, serving as a base for advancing in career paths. Very often, if evaluation is part of development process, healthcare professionals are willing to participate and contribute to the process.

Organisation and management competencies can be developed in practice, by independent or organized learning, formal education, mentored visits, rotations, and experience exchanges. Methods of training are selected between lectures, discussions, printed materials, practical techniques and methods of behaviour shaping. Professional and personal competencies include personal commitment and individual values - added to the individual professional competence.

There is a strong correlation between personal competencies and patient safety. These competencies are focused not only on performance, but also on certain forms of behaviour, to assure the patient care has the desired quality.

Competence is ability of the individual to perform his/her duties accurately, make correct judgments, and interact appropriately with patients and colleagues. Professional competence is characterized by good problem solving and decision-making abilities, a strong knowledge base, and the ability to apply knowledge and experience to diverse patient care situations.

Some other things to be added to the competency evaluation are regulations understanding, assessment and prioritization, risk management, compliance with the rules of the profession, and rational thinking, critical approach and ethical attitudes.

Competent healthcare professional cares for the training and development of skills and knowledge, shows openness to learning, transfer of knowledge and experience. Pushing the boundaries is to be expected of all members of the biomedical team; especially managers and experienced colleagues in a dynamic continuum in the medical biochemistry and laboratory operations are today. The level of professional competence demonstrates our recognition of the importance of teamwork, respect for authority, ability to assess priorities and to adapt the system in which we act as professionals. Personal competence clearly reveals the will and desire for engagement, active contribution, collegiality and ethical profile. They often affect the satisfaction of our team members, management structures, the patients and the profession in general.

Advanced level of competence includes continuing professional development, leadership and dedication to the profession, interprofessional collaboration and collaborative practice, research and international activity, mentoring and project management, innovation and engagement in national and international institutions.


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