College of Medicine Technical Standards
The College of Medicine's curriculum is designed to provide the general education necessary for the practice of medicine. It permits students to learn the fundamental principles of medicine, to acquire skills of critical judgment based on education and experience, and to develop an ability to use principles and skills wisely in maintaining health and treating illness. Curricular goals and minimal graduation competencies have been developed to fulfill these objectives and prepare our graduates to pursue any pathway of graduate medical education. Students of the College of Medicine will successfully master the following technical standards:
- acquire information from demonstrations and experiences in the basic sciences, including but not limited to information conveyed through lectures, small group activities, laboratory dissection and demonstrations, microbiologic cultures, and microscopic images of microorganisms and tissues in normal and pathologic states.
- acquire information from written documents and computer-information systems (including literature searches and data retrieval) and identify information presented in images from paper, films, slides, or video.
- use and interpret information from diagnostic maneuvers (e.g. palpation, auscultation, percussion) and from diagnostic instruments (e.g. sphygmomanometer, otoscope, ophthalmoscope) during the course of conducting a comprehensive physical examination of a patient.
- accurately elicit from a patient, a medical history and other information required to adequately and effectively evaluate a patient's medical condition.
- perform specific procedures including, but not limited to Basic Life Support (BLS) techniques, such as CPR, starting an IV, drawing arterial and venous blood, inserting and removing a Foley catheter, obtaining specimens, performing basic laboratory tests and diagnostic procedures and providing wound care (e.g. simple debridement, simple suturing and suture removal, dressing changes).
- respond appropriately to emergencies, urgencies, and other situations within the hospital, clinic, ambulatory facility, or other location, and assist co-workers in providing appropriate care.
- communicate effectively and efficiently with patients their families, and all members of the health care team about a patient's condition as called for under the circumstances.
- interpret x-ray and other graphic images and digital of analog representations of physiologic phenomena (such as EKGs).
- measure, calculate, reason, analyze, and synthesize, including the comprehension and understanding of three-dimensional relationships. Problem-solving must be performed in a timely manner.
- adapt and function effectively under the various circumstances and rigors that are inherent in the clinical practice of medicine.
- utilize intellectual ability, exercise proper judgment, timely and accurately complete responsibilities intrinsic in patient care.
- develop effective and appropriate relationships with patients, colleagues, co-workers, and relevant others.
- comply with laboratory safety measures and regulation, practice universal precautions against contamination and cross-contamination with infectious pathogens. (e.g. Wearing personal protective equipment; working with sharp objects and hazardous chemicals; treating patients with infectious diseases.)