Six Core Competencies
The UK College of Medicine has a competency-based education framework that explicitly defines our curricular objectives, guides our teaching methods, and forms the basis for student assessment.
Students will demonstrate the knowledge, skills and attitudes to effectively evaluate and treat common health problems and promote the health of patients.
- PC1: Obtain an accurate medical history that covers all essential aspects of the history, including issues related to age, gender identity, race, ethnicity, belief system, sexual orientation, ability status, culture, and other social determinants of health.
- PC2: Conduct an appropriately focused or comprehensive physical examination that is sensitive to the patient’s background and clinical needs.
- PC3: Synthesize relevant history, physical exam, laboratory and test data to develop a prioritized differential diagnosis.
- PC4: Formulate an appropriate management strategy (both diagnostic and therapeutic) for patients with common acute and chronic conditions or problems that is considerate to cultural norms and social determinants of health.
- PC5: Address disease prevention and health promotion strategies for patients and communities from diverse backgrounds with consideration for historical contexts, their lived experiences, and social determinants of health.
Students will demonstrate the knowledge, skills and attitudes to apply fundamental biomedical, clinical and social science to the care of patients.
- MK1: Demonstrate a broad knowledge of fundamental biomedical and clinical principles underlying the mechanisms of disease and wellness.
- MK2: Apply a biopsychosocial model to the care of individual patients and populations.
- MK3: Evaluate emerging basic science and clinical research with regard to its application to patient care.
- MK4: Evaluate how social determinants of health contribute to health disparities, especially those that affect underserved and marginalized populations.
Practice-Based Learning and Improvement
Students will demonstrate the knowledge, skills and attitudes to critically evaluate performance and identify opportunities for improvement.
- PBLI1: Identify one’s own strengths, weaknesses and limitations in one’s medical knowledge and clinical care for patients.
- PBLI2: Seek out constructive feedback from and provide constructive feedback to colleagues and other health professionals.
- PBLI3: Develop a plan for improvement of one’s medical knowledge and/or clinical care for patients based on individual reflection and constructive feedback.
- PBLI4: Use information technology to access, appraise and assimilate high-quality scientific information and evidence to support clinical decision-making.
- PBLI5: Identify and address one’s own cultural norms, attitudes, and biases that affect one’s interactions among people in diverse health care settings and teams.
Interpersonal and Communications Skills
Students will demonstrate the knowledge, skills and attitudes to develop effective and appropriate relationships with patients, colleagues and other health professionals.
- ICS1: Effectively communicate and create a collaborative relationship with diverse patients and families, particularly during sensitive, complex or distressing situations.
- ICS2: Effectively communicate health-related information with diverse populations of colleagues and other health professionals.
- ICS3: Produce clear, concise and timely documentation after clinical encounters to optimize medical care and minimize medical errors.
Students will demonstrate the knowledge, skills and attitudes to carry out their professional responsibilities.
- P1: Demonstrate responsibility and accountability in all clinical and educational activities, managing personal attributes, commitments and/or limitations that might impact one’s effectiveness as a physician.
- P2: Demonstrate sensitivity and respect toward patient individuality, including but not limited to age, gender identity, race, ethnicity, belief system, sexual orientation, ability status, culture, and other social determinants of health.
- P3: Have respectful and professional interactions with patients, their families, colleagues and other health professionals.
- P4: Demonstrate integrity and ethical behavior in academic and clinical settings.
- P5: Demonstrate willingness to learn from patients and other individuals of diverse backgrounds, including their lived experiences and historical contexts.
Students will demonstrate the knowledge, skills and attitudes to function effectively in diverse teams and to support equity within health organizations.
- SBP1: Participate collaboratively in caring for the patient with the interprofessional healthcare team.
- SBP2: Incorporate organizational, financial and health system factors into clinical decision-making to deliver effective, safe, timely, patient-centered, cost-sensitive, efficient and culturally relevant medical care.
- SBP3: Identify barriers to safe and appropriate care, analyze for potential health system limitations, and propose solutions that can improve the health outcomes of diverse patient populations.
- SBP4: Apply strategies to advocate, support equity, and serve as an ally when witnessing injustice and discrimination.