Through completion of the academic curriculum and engaging in practical experiences, students are expected to master the following seven competency domains in order to fulfill the requirements of the M.D. degree:
- Patient Care: Students must provide patient-centered care that is respectful, compassionate, appropriate, and effective for the treatment of health problems and the promotion of health.
- Medical Knowledge: Students must demonstrate and apply knowledge of established and evolving biomedical, clinical, epidemiological and social-behavioral sciences.
- Interpersonal and Communication Skills: Students must demonstrate interpersonal and communication skills that result in the effective exchange of information and collaboration with patients and families of various backgrounds, beliefs, and values.
- Interprofessional Collaboration: The student must demonstrate the ability to engage with other health care professionals in a manner that optimizes safe, effective patient- and population-centered care.
- Practice-Based Learning and Improvement: The student must demonstrate the ability to evaluate one's care of patients, to appraise and assimilate scientific evidence, and to continuously improve patient care based on that knowledge.
- Systems-Based Practice: The student must demonstrate an awareness of and responsiveness to the larger context and system of health care, as well as the ability to effectively utilize other resources in the system to provide optimal health care.
- Professionalism: The student must demonstrate a commitment to carrying out professional responsibilities in a responsive and compassionate manner as well as in adherence to ethical principles.
For more information on degree requirements and educational program objectives, please refer to the appropriate section of the online SOM Bulletin.