Competencies Curriculum For Post-Acute And Long-Term Care Medicine

AMDA – The Society for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine has defined competencies for the practice of post-acute and long-term care (PALTC) medicine so that attending physicians who practice in this setting can effectively provide their patients with quality care. The Competencies Curriculum online training program was developed to support the Competencies for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine and disseminate education on cornerstones of knowledge needed to practice as an attending physician in PALTC.

The practice of PALTC medicine requires knowledge and skills drawn from various specialties including internal, family, hospital, and rehabilitation medicine, geriatrics, psychiatry, and palliative care. While necessary for effective practice, none of these discipline-specific competencies are alone sufficient to describe the full range of PALTC competencies. Rather, they must reflect a mix of many of the skills unique to each of these disciplines which must then be operationalized within a unique care setting with its unique regulatory requirements while incorporating the full skill set of the entire interdisciplinary team.

The Competencies Curriculum has been divided into five domains. Within each domain are sections, each of which include a pre/post-test, interactive presentations with cases, questions, and evaluation. Upon successful completion, participants can receive CME and CMD credits. Please see each section to determine specific credit amounts. 

The Competencies Curriculum is divided into five domains. While participants are encouraged to take the entire curriculum, individuals may choose to take domains as they please, in any order. All domains are currently available to purchase. Participants have 60 days (from enrollment) to complete each Domain or combination of Domains purchased.

The Society for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine Attending Physician Competencies

Click a specific domain to view all sections within that domain, learning objectives, credit information, or to purchase.

Domain I: Foundation (Ethics, Professionalism and Communication)



Domain II: Medical Care Delivery Process


Domain III: Systems



Domain IV: Medical Knowledge



Domain V: Personal Professional Development in Post-Acute and Long-Term Care



Competencies Curriculum Bundle (Domains I-V)

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More about the Competencies Curriculum:

Target Audience

Attending physicians who practice post-acute and long-term care medicine in the skilled nursing facility and nursing home settings are encouraged to participate. Medical Directors who practice in any setting or combination of settings across the post-acute and long-term care (PALTC) continuum, including skilled nursing facilities, assisted living, CCRCs, hospice, and home care are encouraged to participate. Geriatric fellows in training who are considering the inclusion of medical direction in their practices will find this course a beneficial introduction to management requirements for PALTC. Education is appropriate for nurse practitioners practicing in the post-acute and long-term care setting as well.


Patricia L. Bach, PsyD, RN
Alva S. Baker, III, MD, CMDR
Daniel Bluestein, MD, MS, CMD
David A. Brechtelsbauer, MD, CMD
Gwendolen Buhr, MD, MHS, MEd, CMD
Jeffrey B. Burl, MD, CMD
Leonard Gelman, MD, CMD
Daniel Haimowitz, MD, FACP, CMD
Paul R. Katz, MD, CMD
Karyn Leible, MD, CMD
Meghan Lembeck, MD
James E. Lett, II, MD, CMDR
Steven A. Levenson, MD, CMD
Arif Nazir, MD, CMD
Dallas Nelson, MD, FACP, CMD
Debra Saliba, MD, MPH
Karl E. Steinberg, MD, CMD
Joshua Uy, MD
Matthew S Wayne, MD, CMD
Amy Westcott, MD, CMD
Heidi K. White, MD, MEd, CMD


The following AMDA Education Committee members have financial relationships to report: Eric G. Tangalos, MD, CMD – Lilly, Pfizer: Consultant; Omnicare: P&T Committee Chair; all others have no relationships to disclose. The AMDA Competency Curriculum workgroup and faculty have no relationships to disclose. AMDA staff have no financial relationships to disclose.

System Requirements

To participate in the online curriculum, you must have the following system requirements:

  • Adobe Flash Plug-in
  • Internet Explorer 9+, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, Safari
  • Broadband Internet connection
  • Also compatible with iOS and Android based tablets