Brody School of Medicine
Office of Medical Education


Educational Goals and Objectives

BSOM Educational Objectives
The school-wide objectives for Brody School of Medicine graduates were formulated most recently in 2012, based on the Six General Competencies framework of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education. The specific competencies by category are:

Competency 1:  PATIENT CARE (What Physicians Do)
Students will have demonstrated, to the satisfaction of the faculty, the following:
  1. The ability to obtain a complete patient history that addresses personal, family, social and cultural issues.
  2. The ability to perform a complete physical exam, as well as an organ-system specific examination.
  3. The ability to identify, select, interpret and understand the limitations of commonly used screening and diagnostic tests for the purpose of screening and prevention, diagnosis, prognosis, or intervention.
  4. The ability to perform procedures needed for effective patient care, with an understanding of their indications and possible complications.
  5. The ability to reason deductively in solving clinical problems and constructing appropriate prevention strategies, differential diagnoses and management strategies for patients with conditions common to each clinical discipline.
Competency 2:  MEDICAL KNOWLEDGE (What Physicians Know)
Students will have demonstrated, to the satisfaction of the faculty, the following:
  1. Knowledge of the structure and function of the healthy human body and each of its organ systems at the macroscopic, microscopic, cellular, biochemical, and molecular levels.
  2. Knowledge of the pathogenesis and epidemiology of disease states and conditions, and the ways in which they affect the function of the body.
  3. Knowledge of the principles of therapeutics and therapeutic decision-making.
  4. Knowledge of the complex interaction of the physical, behavioral, developmental, psychological, environmental, social, and cultural factors that contribute to health, illness and injury.
  5. Knowledge of the determinants of healthy populations for rural and non-rural settings and among different socioeconomic groups.
Competency 3:  PRACTICE-BASED LEARNING & IMPROVEMENT (How Physicians Improve)
Students will have demonstrated, to the satisfaction of the faculty, the following:
  1. The ability to critically and continuously reflect on self-performance, in order to identify individual areas of strength and needed improvement and engage in ongoing learning activities to meet those goals.
  2. The ability to use the electronic medical record, evidence-based online resources and other types of technology to optimize learning and clinical practice.
  3. The ability to identify, interpret and apply biomedical information for problem solving and health care decision-making that is relevant to the care of individuals and populations.
  4. The ability to describe the rationale for, and principles of, improvement science in increasing patient safety and enhancing quality of care.
Competency 4:  INTERPERSONAL & COMMUNICATION SKILLS (How Physicians Interact with Others)
Students will have demonstrated, to the satisfaction of the faculty, the following:
  1. The ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, with patients, families and other health care professionals regarding care of the patient.
  2. The ability to develop therapeutic relationships with patients and their families, and articulate the benefits of continuity of care.
  3. The ability to assess the health literacy of patients and assist them with fully understanding and using health information.
  4. The traits of collegiality, adaptability, reliability and responsibility in all interactions with patients, health care professionals and others impacted by the care of each patient.
Competency 5:  ETHICS and MEDICAL PROFESSIONALISM (How Physicians Act)
Students will have demonstrated, to the satisfaction of the faculty, the following:
  1. Ethical decision-making and the capacity to be honest in all interactions with patients and their families, colleagues and other health care professionals with whom physicians must interact in providing high quality, patient-centered care.
  2. The capacity to adhere to the principles of informed consent and patient confidentiality while providing compassionate treatment and respecting patients' values.
  3. The ability to respond to the needs of patients and society while simultaneously balancing these needs with one's own health and well-being.
  4. The ability to adhere to established principles pertaining to fiduciary duties to patients, conflict of interest and ethical research practices.
Competency 6:  SYSTEMS-BASED PRACTICE (How Physicians Work Within the System)
Students will have demonstrated, to the satisfaction of the faculty, the following:
  1. An understanding of the various approaches to organizing, financing, and delivering health care, including the roles of different entities such as hospitals, outpatient centers, skilled nursing facilities, home health agencies, community agencies and governmental programs.
  2. The ability to advocate for access to health care and to appropriate utilization of resources so that each patient receives the right care at the right time.
  3. The ability to collaborate with other health care professionals in providing team-based care that recognizes the contribution of each member of the health care team.
  4. The ability to incorporate cost effectiveness into clinical decision-making.
  5. The ability to identify, analyze and propose solutions for system errors that impact the provision of patient care, in order to support the continued improvement of patient safety and care quality.