Brody School of Medicine

ECU Brody School of Medicine Bulletin

Educational Objectives

The educational goal of the Brody School of Medicine is to prepare our students for residency training and eventual medical practice. In 2012, Brody SOM faculty adopted the Six General Competencies framework in defining 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 Six General Competencies are:
  1. Patient Care: provision of patient care that is compassionate, appropriate and effective for the treatment of individual health problems and the promotion of healthy lifestyles.
  2. Medical Knowledge: knowledge concerning established and evolving biomedical, clinical and social-behavioral sciences and the application of this knowledge to patient care.
  3. Practice-Based Learning and Improvement: appraisal of scientific evidence and the evaluation and improvement of patient care practices.
  4. Interpersonal and Communication Skills: effective exchange of information with patients, their families/caregivers and other health care professionals.
  5. Ethics and Medical Professionalism: commitment to fulfilling professional duties, adherence to ethical principles and sensitivity to diverse patient populations.
  6. Systems-Based Practice: awareness of the larger context of the health care system and the ability to engage in continuous improvement of the system in providing optimal patient care.