The use of outcome and competency frameworks is a growing part of healthcare education and maintenance of certification. Many nations or states have accreditation frameworks for health professions schools and programs as well as requirements to demonstrate lifelong learning and competency in medical specialties/subspecialties.
The Competency Object specification provides a consistent format and data structure for defining a competency object, an abstract statement of learning or performance expectations, and information related to the statement. Statements can be learning outcomes, competencies, learning objectives, professional roles, topics, classifications/collections, etc. The Competency Object may include additional data to expand on or support the statement. This specification is meant to be used in concert with complementary specifications, including the MedBiquitous Competency Framework specification.