Competencies and Institutional Learning Objectives


Graduates will apply established and evolving information and technology to provide patient-centered care that is safe, compassionate, appropriate and effective for the treatment of health problems and for the promotion of health.

Graduates are expected to:

1. Gather relevant and accurate patient information by performing a history and physical exam, and utilizing laboratory, imaging and other data. 

2. Perform general procedures of a physician, interpret common diagnostic and screening tests, with an understanding of their indications and limitations, and when appropriate, participate in obtaining informed consent.

3. Develop reasoned differential diagnoses of patients’ clinical problems that are informed by the medical literature. 

4. Apply clinical problem-solving skills to develop integrated therapeutic plans for the acute and longitudinal management of health problems, taking into consideration patient preferences and shared decision making.

5. Organize and prioritize responsibilities to provide safe, timely, effective, efficient, equitable, patient-centered and evidence-based healthcare.

6. Integrate principles of disease prevention, health promotion and education into the healthcare of individuals, families, communities and populations.

EPA: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
AAMC: 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 1.5, 1.6, 1.7, 1.9, 2.1, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5, 3.9, 7.4



Graduates will acquire knowledge of established and evolving biomedical, clinical, epidemiological, and social behavioral sciences and their applications to patient care.

Graduates are expected to:

7. Acquire and apply current knowledge of the biomedical sciences pertinent to human health and disease across the lifespan.

8. Acquire, manage, integrate and apply current and evolving knowledge to the care of patients and populations.

9. Demonstrate understanding of genetic, environmental, psychological, socioeconomic, cultural, and spiritual factors that influence human health and disease.

EPA: 1, 2, 3, 4, 7, 11, 13
AAMC: 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.6, 3.9


Graduates will evaluate their own patient care practices, appraise, and assimilate new technology and scientific evidence throughout their medical careers to improve patient care.

Graduates are expected to:

10.  Use reflective skills and audit methodology to evaluate personal practice experiences to inform systematic, practice-based quality improvement. 

11.  Recognize personal strengths, limitations, as individuals and as team members, set learning and improvement goals, actively seek help and advice as appropriate and modify future behavior in response to feedback.

12.  Demonstrate adaptive expertise through the ability to critically appraise and incorporate new scientific developments for clinical problem-solving, patient care and education of patients, families, peers and other health professionals.

EPA: 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 13
AAMC: 2.6, 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 3.5, 3.6, 3.7, 3.8, 3.10, 8.1, 8.2, 8.3, 8.4. 8.5, 8.8


Graduates will demonstrate interpersonal and communication skills that result in effective information exchange and teamwork with patients, patients’ families and professional associates.

Graduates are expected to:

13.  Demonstrate effective audience and context appropriate writing skills in reflective essays, researched reports, medical records and professional communications including email and digital/electronic records for documenting clinical encounters and patient care.

14.  Use effective, audience and context appropriate verbal and interactive skills in communications with peers, medical and other professionals, patients, families and the public.
EPA: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 10
AAMC: 4.1, 4.2, 4.4, 4.5, 4.6, 7.3, 8.7


Graduates will demonstrate a commitment to carrying out professional responsibilities, adherence to ethical principles and sensitivity to diverse patient populations and their families.

Graduates are expected to:

15.  Exhibit and role model professionalism through compassion, altruism, integrity, respect for patient privacy and autonomy, responsibility, sensitivity and responsiveness that supersedes self-interest in meeting obligations to patients, community and team members, inherent in the practice of medicine. 

16.  Use sound moral reasoning and judgment to evaluate, render and defend decisions regarding provision or withholding of care, confidentiality, informed consent and business practices, including compliance with relevant laws healthcare policies and regulations.

17.  Demonstrate sensitivity and responsiveness to diverse patient personal characteristics including, but not limited to, race, color, sex, age, gender identity, religion, culture, ethnicity, national origin, sexual orientation, disability, socioeconomic or marital status.

EPA: 5, 6, 8, 9, 11, 13
AAMC: 1.10, 4.6, 4.7, 5.1, 5.2, 5.3, 5.4, 5.5, 5.6, 6.4, 7.1, 8.5


Graduates will demonstrate an awareness of the larger context and system of healthcare. They will effectively utilize system resources to provide optimal care as collaborative members of inter professional teams.

Graduates are expected to:

18.  Coordinate care to ensure continuity of care throughout transitions between providers or settings and utilize cost effective resources in optimal patient care systems to promote health, prevent disease and provide quality and safe patient care.

19.  Work collaboratively as members of inter professional teams to assess, coordinate and improve patient care.

20.  Participate in evaluation of personal and team medical errors, system errors and implementation of potential solutions.

EPA: 3, 4, 5, 8, 9, 10, 13
AAMC: 1.8, 1.11, 4.3, 6.1, 6.2, 6.3, 6.5, 6.6, 7.1, 7.2, 7.4, 8.6

EPA: refers to alignment with the core 13 Entrustable Professional Activities 
AAMC: refers to alignment with the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) Physician Competency Reference Set