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MD Core Program Objectives

(Revised July 2013)

Upon completion of the Morsani College of Medicine MD Core Program, medical students must have demonstrated competency in each of the following AAMC Competency Domains.

Patient Care

  • Demonstrate patient-tailored history and physical diagnosis skills.
  • Demonstrate evidence-based test ordering skills.
  • Demonstrate logical differential diagnosis, critical and clinical reasoning skills.
  • Demonstrate essential technical skills.
  • Demonstrate evidence-based selection of appropriate therapies.
  • Demonstrate patient-centered, empathetic, holistic care for patients.

Medical Knowledge

Demonstrate appropriate knowledge of the following areas relevant to general medical practice:

  • Core biomedical sciences relevant to general medical practice, including:
    • Molecular/Cellular Biology, Immunology, Biochemistry and Genetics
    • Anatomy, Histology, and Embryology
    • Normal Cellular, Organ, and Systems Physiology
    • Pathophysiology of Common Diseases
    • Pharmacology
    • Microbiology
  • Social-Behavioral Sciences
  • Informatics and evidence based medicine
  • Epidemiology and Public Health
  • Basics of Health Systems and Finance

Practice-based Learning and Improvement

  • Self-assess knowledge gaps, set improvement goals , perform activities to accomplish these.
  • Use information technology and medical literature to inform clinical decisions.
  • Demonstrate teaching skills (e.g. of patients, peers, junior students) using principles of adult education.

Interpersonal and Communication Skills

  • Communicate effectively with health science colleagues.
  • Communicate effectively and sensitively with patients, adjusting language and style in order to incorporate their knowledge, values, and culture
  • Create accurate and appropriate medical records
  • Work collaboratively as a member of a medical team with understanding of principles of handoffs and appropriate consultations.


  • Demonstrate responsibility and accountability in practice.
  • Respond appropriately and effectively to feedback.
  • Demonstrate respectful and ethical behavior with patients (e.g. HIPPA), colleagues, and society (e.g. relationships with pharmaceutical and other business interests).
  • Engage in appropriate communications with others, respecting confidentiality.

Systems-Based Practice

  • Effectively participate in and coordinate care within a variety of clinical settings.
  • Participate in investigating systems errors and implementing potential solutions.
  • Incorporate knowledge of health systems and cost of care into medical decisions.

Interprofessional Collaboration

  • Work with other health professionals with respect and collaboration.
  • Engage in self-improvement by learning from other health professionals.
  • Share information with other health professionals effectively, so as to optimize team performance and patient outcomes.
  • Work with other health professionals to develop effective teams in order to optimize patient outcomes.

Personal and Professional Development

  • Demonstrate altruism by demonstrating service-based learning in a community setting.
  • Demonstrate self-awareness and the ability to seek help appropriately.
  • Demonstrate healthy coping mechanisms in response to stress.
  • Demonstrate flexibility in response to change.
  • Effectively manage conflicts between personal and professional responsibilities.
  • Demonstrate trustworthiness that makes colleagues feel secure in patient care venues.
  • Demonstrate an appropriate level of self-confidence that puts colleagues and patients at ease.
  • Recognize that ambiguity and uncertainty are normal parts of health care and respond by using appropriate resources in dealing with it.
  • Show leadership skills that enhance team functioning, the learning environment, and/or the health care system.