Objectives and Competencies of the M.D. Degree Program

Altruism

Medical students must be compassionate and empathetic in caring for patients, and must be trustworthy and truthful in their professional dealings. They must act with integrity, honesty, and respect for patients’ privacy and dignity.

By the time of graduation, the Long School of Medicine M.D. student will be able to:

  • List and define the basic principles guiding ethical decision making
  • Apply ethical concepts to medical ethical dilemmas.
  • Demonstrate respect for human dignity.
  • Provide compassionate patient care.
  • Demonstrate honesty and integrity in educational and professional interactions.
  • Demonstrate appropriate patient advocacy.
  • Understand the non-medical factors that impact health.
  • Understand the issues of access to health care.
  • Appropriately address conflicts of interest inherent to the field of medicine.

Knowledge

  • Medical students must understand the scientific basis of medicine and be able to apply that understanding to the safe and effective practice of medicine. They must utilize self-assessment and self-knowledge to optimize their learning.
  • By the time of graduation, the Long School of Medicine M.D. student will be able to:
  • Demonstrate knowledge of normal structure and function of the human body.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the pathogenesis and pathophysiology of disease and disorders.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the clinical manifestations of common conditions and disorders.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the pharmacotherapeutic modalities for common conditions and disorders.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the basic principles of clinical and translational research.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the epidemiology of common conditions and disorders.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of systems of healthcare delivery.

Skills

Medical students must acquire wide-ranging skills that will enable them to care for patients as a professional.

 


By the time of graduation, the Long School of Medicine M.D. student will be able to:

  • Obtain an accurate and complete medical history.
  • Perform all components of a complete physical examination.
  • Prepare for and perform basic clinical procedures.
  • Perform basic interpretation of commonly used diagnostic tests.
  • Recognize the typical physical exam manifestations of common medical conditions and disorders.
  • Demonstrate the skills of clinical reasoning and clinical problem solving for common conditions and disorders.
  • Create appropriate management strategies for common conditions and disorders.
  • Apply the principles of relieving total pain (physical, psychological, spiritual and social).
  • Demonstrate effective and appropriate communication of medical information, both in writing and verbally.
  • Demonstrate the ability and commitment to continuously improved medical knowledge and skills.

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Culture of professionalism

Professionalism in medical education and practice has always been and remains one of the cornerstones of health care.  Endorsed by enumerable professional groups, including the Accreditation Council on Graduate Medical Education (ACGME), the ABIM’s Medical Professionalism in the New Millenium: A Physician Charter delineates fundamental principles and 10 commitments that guide physicians in training and in practice.

Using the ACGME Definition of Professionalism, the UT Health San Antonio Long School of Medicine challenges its students to aspire to the highest standards of professionalism throughout their education here and far beyond as they embark on the transformative journey of being a competent, ethical physician.  All students are held to a Code of Professional Conduct.

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