• Medical Knowledge

    Medical students must demonstrate knowledge of established and evolving biomedical, clinical, and psychosocial sciences and their application to patient care.

    Institutional Learning Objectives
    Upon completion of the medical school curriculum, our students will be able to:

    MK1 Demonstrate knowledge of normal human structure and function at the organ-system, tissue, cellular and molecular level; and of the interaction of human systems in maintaining homeostasis
    MK2 Describe the basic mechanisms involved in the causation of human disease and their influence on clinical presentation and therapy
    MK3 Demonstrate an understanding of how healthy lifestyles, psychosocial factors, and behavioral factors influence heath
    MK4 Apply evidenced-based methods to clinical problem solving
    MK5 Demonstrate an understanding of the epidemiology of common diseases within a population and the approaches which are useful in reducing their incidence and prevalence
    MK6 Demonstrate knowledge of common societal problems such as domestic violence and substance abuse, including diagnosis, prevention, reporting, and treatment
  • Patient Care

    Medical students must be able to provide appropriate, compassionate patient care for the promotion of health and treatment of health problems across the human life span.

    Institutional Learning Objectives
    Upon completion of the medical school curriculum, our students will be able to:

    PC1 Obtain both complete and system-focused medical histories that include psychosocial and behavioral determinants of health
    PC2 Perform both complete and system-focused physical examinations
    PC3 Develop appropriate differential diagnoses by integrating collected clinical information
    PC4 Develop contextual and individualized diagnostic and treatment plans based upon collected clinical information
    PC5 Interpret the results of commonly used laboratory and radiologic studies
    PC6 Recognize common immediately life-threatening conditions and initiate therapy
    PC7 Formulate an initial management plan for critically ill patients
    PC8 Demonstrate an understanding of the principles involved in the care of patients across the spectrum of the human life cycle
    PC9 Perform technical procedures including: venipuncture and arterial puncture; insertion of intravenous, central venous, and urethral catheters; insertion of a nasogastric tube; lumbar puncture; basic suturing; and basic airway management
    PC10 Discuss the principles of pain management and formulate a basic multidisciplinary care plan
    PC11 Assist in the provision of appropriate end-of-life care within a multidisciplinary team
    PC12 Educate patients in personalized health maintenance
    PC13 Perform basic health risk assessment and formulate appropriate screening plans
    PC14 Properly utilize clinical, laboratory, radiologic, and pathologic examinations to diagnose and treat common maladies
    PC15 Formulate preventive, curative, rehabilitative, and palliative therapeutic strategies for common disorders
  • Interpersonal and Communication Skills

    Medical students must demonstrate interpersonal and communication skills that result in the effective and respectful exchange of information and collaboration with patients, patients' family members, and health professionals across a broad range of socioeconomic and cultural backgrounds.

    Institutional Learning Objectives

    Upon completion of the medical school curriculum, our students will be able to:

    ICS1 Demonstrate effective listening skills
    ICS2 Discuss diagnostic and treatment options in a manner comprehensible to the patient
    ICS3 Communicate effectively with patients, patients' family members, peers, and other members of the health care team
    ICS4 Educate patients, patients' family members, peers, and other members of the health care team at an appropriate level using appropriate technologies
    ICS5 Maintain accurate medical records
  • Professionalism

    Medical students must demonstrate a commitment to professional responsibilities, adherence to ethical behaviors, and sensitivity to a diverse patient population.

    Institutional Learning Objectives

    Upon completion of the medical school curriculum, our students will be able to:

    PROF1 Demonstrate an understanding of legal and ethical principles governing the physician-patient relationship
    PROF2 Display honesty, integrity and ethical behavior
    PROF3 Act in the patient's best interest and serve as a patient advocate
    PROF4 Treat patients and patients' family members respectfully and compassionately, regardless of age, disability, gender, race, ethnicity, culture, religion, sexual preference, and socio-economic status
    PROF5 Respect the privacy of patients
    PROF6 Work with other health professionals in a collaborative fashion
    PROF7 Demonstrate an awareness of leadership roles in medicine and society
    PROF8 Recognize potential conflicts of interest and demonstrate awareness of appropriate courses of action
    PROF9 Demonstrate an understanding of peer review and the expectations of professional licensing boards, including medical jurisprudence
    PROF10 Demonstrate knowledge of responsibilities to patients, peers, and other members of the health care team
    PROF11 Respond to conflicts in a professional manner
    PROF12 Project a professional image in demeanor and personal appearance
  • Systems-Based Practice

    Medical students must demonstrate an awareness of the larger context and system of health care and their impact on patient care.

    Institutional Learning Objectives

    Upon completion of the medical school curriculum, our students will be able to:

    SBP1 Apply knowledge of health care systems to improve and optimize patient care
    SBP2 Advocate for continuous quality improvement in patient care and patient safety
    SBP3 Demonstrate an understanding of cost containment principles and their application in the delivery of health care
    SBP4 Demonstrate an understanding of the legal and regulatory frameworks governing the practice of medicine which affect payment, reimbursement, referrals and incentives
    SBP5 Recognize various approaches to the organization, financing, and delivery of health care
    SBP6 Utilize information technology in providing medical care for individuals
    SBP7 Recognize health care system deficiencies regarding social needs, access to care issues, and health disparities when they arise and develop strategies for optimal care of each individual patient.
  • Practice-Based Learning and Improvement

    Medical students must demonstrate the ability to investigate and evaluate their care of patients, to appraise and assimilate scientific evidence, and to continuously improve their patient care skills based on self-evaluation and life-long learning.

    Institutional Learning Objectives

    Upon completion of the medical school curriculum, our students will be able to:

    PBLI1 Identify and rectify deficiencies in their knowledge base and skill set
    PBLI2 Incorporate formative feedback into personal performance
    PBLI3 Accomplish learning and improvement goals with appropriate self-directed activities
    PBLI4 Utilize information resources and available data to support life-long learning
    PBLI5 Select, appraise, and utilize evidence from scientific studies related to clinical questions and patients' health problems
    PBLI6 Demonstrate an understanding of the basic principles and importance of scholarly activity and Translational Research in the practice of medicine
  • Cultural Competence

    Medical students should have the capacity to function effectively as a individual within the context of the cultural beliefs, practices, and needs presented by patients and their communities.

    Institutional Learning Objectives

    Upon completion of the medical school curriculum, our students will be able to:

    CC1 Demonstrate an understanding of the manner in which diverse cultures and belief systems perceive health and illness and respond to various symptoms, diseases, and treatments.
    CC2 Recognize and appropriately address gender and cultural biases in themselves, in others, and in the process of health care delivery.