Schoolwide Objectives

  1. I. Patient Care
    Students must be prepared to provide patient care that is compassionate, appropriate and effective.
    1. Communicate effectively and demonstrate caring and respectful behaviors when interacting with patients and their families
      Students will establish therapeutic relationships with diverse patients through the lifespan; utilize the psychosocial and cultural context of the patient, which fosters effective communication; and recognize and discuss the importance of family dynamics in health care decision making.
      Assessment: Faculty observations/feedback, clerkship evaluations, OSCE's, Summative Clinical Skills Assessment, Step 2 CS
    2. Gather essential and accurate information about their patients
      Students will conduct effective interviews with patients and elicit complete and focused medical histories relevant to the chief concern; perform complete and focused physical examinations; identify components of the physical exam that are critical to the clinical presentation; identify abnormal findings; and relate differential diagnosis and examination findings.
      Assessment: Faculty observations and feedback, observed full history and physical examination, clerkship evaluations, OSCE's, mini CEX, Summative Clinical Skills Assessment, USMLE 2 CS
    3. Make informed decisions about diagnostic and therapeutic interventions based on patient information and preferences, up-to-date scientific evidence, and clinical judgment
      Students will identify differential diagnoses for cardinal presentations; indicate appropriate evaluation plans; modify diagnostic strategies in response to test results; and develop appropriate management plants for patients using evidence-based medicine.
      Assessment: Faculty observations and feedback, performance on course quizzes and examinations, performance in small group exercises (POPS, Cardinal manifestations of presentation of) disease, clerkship evaluations, OSCE, Summative Clinical Skills Assessment, Summative Clinical Skills Assessments, USMLE 2CS
    4. Counsel and educate patients and their families
      Students will evaluate a patient's level of understanding and its potential impact on education and counseling; use lay person terminology to explain disease processes and procedures; and develop approaches to counsel and educate patients and families, which are individualized to the patient/family situation.
      Assessment: Faculty observations and feedback, clerkship evaluations, OSCE's, Summative Clinical Skills Assessment, interprofessional collaborative care plan exercise and exam; risk assessment exercise
    5. Use information technology to support patient care decisions and patient education
      Students will identify credible information sources for research and education and use best evidence to develop diagnostic and management plans and to provide patient education.
      Assessment: Faculty observations and feedback, MCQ, EBM activities, EBM OSCE
    6. Perform required clinical procedures
      Students will perform basic life support; apply universal precautions; and perform designated procedures with proper techniques and consideration of patient's rights.
      Assessment: Completion of BLS requirement, pass Universal Precautions course, pass procedures course, faculty testing, faculty observation and feedback, procedure logs
    7. Work with patients in maintaining health
      Students will identify risk factors for illness or injury within the context of the individual, the family, work, and the social environment; identify standardized approaches for changing health behavior; and describe regimens for health maintenance.
      Assessment: Faculty observations/evaluations, MCQ's, Clerkship evaluations, NBME evaluations, OSCEs
    8. Work as members of multi-disciplinary health care teams to provide patient-focused care
      Students will identify and describe the components of patient centered care in practice environments; interact appropriately with other healthcare team members; and identify the many roles that health care members have in patient care.
      Assessment: Student portfolios, peer evaluations; interprofessional collaborative care plan exercise and examination; clerkship evaluations