Medical Competencies

Medical Competencies


Physicians must be knowledgeable about the scientific basis of medicine and be able to apply that knowledge to clinical problem-solving and the practice of medicine. They must engage in independent learning to remain current in their knowledge.

Patient Care

Students must be able to provide patient care that is compassionate, appropriate, and effective for the treatment of health problems and the promotion of health.

Interpersonal and Communication Skills

Students must demonstrate interpersonal and communication skills that result in effective clinical care.


Professionalism embodies the responsibilities of a physician that go beyond knowledge and technical skills and enables the delivery of high quality health care. It includes honesty, maintaining patient confidentiality and trust, mutual respect and commitment to the welfare of patients.

Practice-based Learning and Improvement

Students must be invested in continuing professional improvement, based upon their assimilation of new knowledge, application of evidence-based medicine and thoughtful reflection and analysis of their prior and current practice patterns.

Systems-based Practice

Students must demonstrate a knowledge of and responsiveness to the larger context and system of health care and the ability to effectively call on system resources to provide optimal patient care.

Detailed expectations associated with each of these competencies.