"Demonstrate an understanding of the six core competencies of medical practice ..."

Upon completing the Doctor of Medicine degree, students will have successfully demonstrated, through appropriate measures, an understanding of the six core competencies of medical practice defined by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education. These include:

▼   Patient Care

PC1: Demonstrate proficiency in the delivery of patient care.  The demonstrated skills include:

  • Collecting an accurate patient history.
  • Appropriately interpreting a patient history.
  • Conducting physical exams appropriate to individual patients.
  • Creating a prioritized differential diagnosis based on findings. 

PC2: Accurately perform medical, diagnostic and surgical procedures for patient care.

PC3: Deliver evidence-based and patient- centered care for all patients, using and interpreting appropriate laboratory data, imaging and other diagnostic tests.

PC4: Assist patients with implementing an evidence-based strategy for promoting a healthy lifestyle and disease prevention.

PC5: Develop and apply therapeutic strategies to manage acute and chronic medical conditions.

PC6: Create organized and prioritized patient treatment plans.

▼   Medical Knowledge

Upon completing the Doctor of Medicine degree, students will have successfully demonstrated, through appropriate measures, their knowledge of the:

MK1: Anatomic and cellular structure of organ systems in the body, their molecular, biochemical and physiologic functions and mechanisms for homeostatic control across the lifespan.

MK2: Pathogenic mechanisms, epidemiologic bases and clinical presentations of human disorders.

MK3: Indications, contraindications and cost-effectiveness of common diagnostic and laboratory procedures.

MK4: Appropriate pharmacotherapeutic agents and non-pharmacotherapeutic treatments for preventative, curative and palliative management of clinical conditions.

MK5: Scientific basis, interpretation, reliability and validity of common diagnostic and therapeutic modalities.

MK6: Ethical, cultural, economic, social and behavioral determinants of health.

MK7: Elements of scholarly scientific research and analytical thinking skills required to critically appraise literature and select credible information resources in the practice of evidence-based medicine.

▼   Interpersonal and Communication Skills

ICS1: Demonstrate the ability to effectively communicate with patients and their appropriate caregivers in order to:

  • Accurately collect all aspects of a patient history.
  • Convey treatment options.
  • Discuss pertinent prevention, wellness, and behavior modifications.
  • Deliver appropriate patient education.

ICS2: Demonstrate the ability to recognize the importance of cultural diversity, varying backgrounds and lifestyles of patients, their families, and other healthcare professionals and to communicate effectively with those groups free of adverse bias and emotions that could negatively impact patient care.

ICS3: Work collaboratively, effectively and respectfully with peers, consultants and other members of a healthcare delivery team.

ICS4: Maintain appropriate, timely, and legible medical records to facilitate the exchange of health information. 

ICS5: Demonstrate the communication skills necessary to gain patient participation in shared decision-making and plan of care.

▼   Practice-Based Learning and Improvement

PBLI1: Critically evaluate one’s own performance to identify personal strengths, deficiencies, expertise and limits of knowledge and to use personal reflection and growth to improve patient care.

PBLI2: Apply strategies to seek and deliver performance feedback for personal betterment and enhancement of patient care.

PBLI3: Apply information technology to optimize learning.

PBLI4: Set personal learning and improvement goals and develop strategies to achieve them, focusing on the importance of continuous improvement as an enhancement of patient care.

PBLI5: Identify and apply strategies for stress relief, coping, and developing resilience as a lifelong physician-learner.

▼   Professionalism

P1: Demonstrate the highest ethical standards in the practice of medicine including, but not limited to: honesty, integrity, respect, compassion and empathy for all people.

P2: Demonstrate respect for the needs of all patients regardless of socioeconomic background, ethnicity, lifestyle and culture through accountability, advocacy, responsiveness, sensitivity, and compassion that supersede self-interest.

P3: Demonstrate accountability to society and profession.

▼   Systems-Based Practice

SBP1: Describe specific details of systems-based practice to include:

  • Multiple layers of the healthcare system that impact care delivery to a patient and populations.
  • Organizational financing and its impact on patient care.
  • Risk-benefit analysis involved in cost-effective care.
  • Maximization of ancillary resources.

SBP2: Define systematic approaches to identify and reduce medical error. 

SBP3: Apply skills needed to work in inter-professional teams in order to enhance patient safety and improve patient care.

SBP4: Work among inter-professional healthcare delivery teams relevant to different specialties in order to optimize patient-centered care.