Medical Curriculum

WCM-Q Program Core Competencies and Constituent Learning Objectives

Approved by Medical Executive Curriculum Committee March 20, 2017

Knowledge (K)

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 pathologic manifestations.

K-3.  Describe the epidemiology of disorders in populations and approaches designed to screen, detect, prevent, and treat disease in populations.

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.

Professionalism (P)

P-1.  Maintain a professional demeanor, while demonstrating responsibility, integrity, empathy, reliability, and attention to personal wellness.

P-2.  Demonstrate the ethical principles that govern the doctor-patient relationship, medical decision-making, and healthcare delivery.

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 therapeutics.

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.

Scholarship (S)

S-1.  Define the scientific and ethical principles of biomedical research, including basic, translational, clinical, and population studies.

S-2.  Identify a scholarly area of interest, formulate an investigative question, develop and implement methods to assess it, and communicate the results.