Brody School of Medicine

ECU Brody School of Medicine Bulletin

Institutional Learning Objectives

The educational goal of the Brody School of Medicine is to prepare our students for residency training and eventual medical practice. In 2017, Brody SOM faculty reaffirmed that the Six General Competencies framework will be used to define what our graduates must know and be able to do after completion of the four year curriculum. Each component of the curriculum contributes to the attainment of one or more of these six competencies. We periodically engage in a deliberative process of reviewing educational objectives within each of these competency categories, in order that the curriculum can remain up to date and fully compliant with 1) accreditation standards for medical schools and 2) the emerging knowledge and skill sets needed by our students to practice in the contemporary health care system. Each course within the curriculum links course-specific objectives back to these institutional competencies in a systematic fashion.

The Institutional Learning Objectives are:
  1. Patient and Family-Centered Care: Provide patient-centered care that is compassionate, appropriate, and effective for the treatment of health problems and the promotion of health.
  2. Knowledge for Practice: Demonstrate knowledge of established and evolving biomedical, clinical, epidemiological, and social-behavioral sciences, as well as the application of this knowledge to patient care.
  3. Practice-Based Learning and Improvement: Demonstrate the ability to evaluate the care provided to their patients, to appraise and incorporate scientific evidence, and to continuously improve patient care through habits of reflection, self-evaluation, and self-directed life-long learning.
  4. Interpersonal and Communication Skills: Demonstrate effective listening, verbal, and written communication skills that result in the effective exchange of information and collaboration with patients, their families, and health care professionals while providing patient centered care.
  5. Ethics and Medical Professionalism: Demonstrate, through knowledge and behavior, a commitment to the highest standards of competence, ethics, integrity and accountability to the patient and profession.
  6. Systems-Based Practice: Recognize the larger context and system of health care, and well as the ability to call effectively on other resources in the system to provide optimal health care.

View the entire list of detailed competencies (approved May 2017) at