WCM-Q Program Core Competencies and Constituent Learning Objectives
Approved by Medical Executive Curriculum Committee March 20, 2017
K-1. Describe the basic scientific principles underlying
normal development, structure and function of genes, cells, organs and
the body as a whole throughout the life cycle.
K-2. Describe the etiology and pathophysiology of major
diseases and disorders, and their clinical, laboratory, radiographic and
K-3. Describe the epidemiology of disorders in populations
and approaches designed to screen, detect, prevent, and treat disease
K-4. Describe the spectrum of therapies of common physical
and mental disorders and recognize the relative efficacies and common
adverse effects of those therapies, and their variations among different
patients and populations.
Patient Care (PC)
PC-1. Perform both a focused and comprehensive history and
physical examination, develop diagnostic hypotheses, order and evaluate
diagnostic tests, and formulate an appropriate plan of care.
PC-2. Perform core technical procedures, as would be
expected of a beginning intern, and describe their indications,
contraindications, and potential complications.
PC-3. Recognize acute, life-threatening conditions and perform measures to stabilize the patient.
Interpersonal and Communication Skills (ICS)
ICS-1. Communicate with patients and their families, counsel them in an effective, caring, and culturally competent manner.
ICS-2. Communicate, consult, collaborate, and work effectively as a member or leader of healthcare teams.
P-1. Maintain a professional demeanor, while demonstrating
responsibility, integrity, empathy, reliability, and attention to
P-2. Demonstrate the ethical principles that govern the
doctor-patient relationship, medical decision-making, and healthcare
P-3. Provide compassionate, unbiased care to patients from diverse backgrounds.
Practice-Based Learning and Improvement (PBLI)
PBLI-1. Utilize appropriate information technology for scientific and clinical problem-solving and decision-making.
PBLI-2. Analyze and critically appraise the medical literature.
PBLI-3. Apply principles of evidence-based medicine, medical
ethics, and cost-effectiveness to diagnosis, prognosis, and
PBLI-4. Demonstrate the ability for lifelong self-directed learning.
Healthcare Systems (HCS)
HCS-1. Discuss the organization, financing, and delivery
of healthcare services with particular awareness of healthcare
disparities, the needs of the underserved, and the medical consequences
of common societal problems.
HCS-2. Define the core principles of healthcare quality, patient safety, and interprofessionalism.
S-1. Define the scientific and ethical principles of
biomedical research, including basic, translational, clinical, and
S-2. Identify a scholarly area of interest, formulate an investigative question, develop and
implement methods to assess it, and communicate the results.