M.D. Objectives

The undergraduate medical program requires that candidates for the M.D. degree acquire certain knowledge, skills and attitudes that are essential for functioning in a broad variety of clinical situations. To render a wide spectrum of primary care, a graduate must develop:

1) A mastery of the concepts necessary for the prevention, diagnosis, treatment and management of common medical problems, including the ability to:

  1. Explain the normal development, structure and physiologic function of the body, organ systems, tissues and cells, and their interrelationships
  2. Identify the molecular, biochemical, cellular and physiologic mechanisms that are important in maintaining the body’s homeostasis
  3. Differentiate the biochemical, immunologic, pharmacologic and microbiologic principles related to issues of disease, laboratory tests and therapeutics
  4. Distinguish the various etiologies (genetic, developmental, metabolic, toxic, iatrogenic, microbiologic, autoimmune, neoplastic, degenerative and traumatic) of diseases (pathogenesis), the associated altered structure and function (pathology and pathophysiology) and characteristic pathologic and laboratory manifestations
  5. Relate common epidemiologic and risk factors for diseases and the role and impact of psychological, behavioral, social, sexual, economic and cultural factors on health and disease
  6. Explain the ethical, legal and economic issues that impact health and medical care

2) Basic skills, including the ability to:

  1. Perform and record a complete and accurate health history, sensitive to patient needs and the nature of the situation
  2. Perform and record an accurate and complete physical examination, sensitive to patient needs and the nature of the situation
  3. Develop an appropriate diagnostic and therapeutic plan, appropriately using information resources, laboratory and imaging testing 
  4. Communicate (in writing and orally) effectively and respectfully with peers, faculty, colleagues and other members of the health care team, understanding the role of consultations and referrals
  5. Communicate with patients in an effective, respectful and compassionate manner, including counseling them on risks, prevention, lifestyle and therapy issues
  6. Analyze the medical literature and other information resources to address medical questions and to sustain professional growth
  7. Apply techniques of population health, including methods of analysis of the health and health problems of defined populations and development of interventions to improve the health of populations
  8. Throughout training, a candidate must demonstrate medical professionalism including ethical behavior, moral reasoning, cultural competency, honesty, integrity, dependability and commitment to service.