Graduation Learning Outcomes: Institutional Learning Objectives


Graduates must adhere to ethical standards, maintain professional relationships, and strive for
excellence in all endeavors (personal and professional) which focus on professional identity
formation, i.e., the development of professional values, actions, and aspirations

Graduates will be able to:

  • Discuss and apply ethical standards of practice
  • Demonstrate humanistic and patient-centered care including respect, cultural sensitivity, empathy, and compassion in their role as the patient’s advocate
  • Demonstrate strength of character and integrity including honesty, altruism, accountability, humility, and moral courage
  • Employ measures to balance clinical responsibilities with personal societal responsibilities
  • Strive for excellence in all professional endeavors
  • Consistently demonstrate the attitudes, values, and behaviors expected of one who thinks, acts, and will be a physician

Interpersonal and Communication Skills

Graduates must be able to communicate effectively, respectfully, in a culturally sensitive manner
with patients, their families, and with other members of the healthcare team

Graduates will be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of how cultural issues impact response to illness and interactions with the healthcare system
  • Apply doctor-patient communication strategies appropriate for clinical situations
  • Recognize how personal beliefs and biases impact communication
  • Present patient information clearly and effectively to all members of an inter- and intra-professional healthcare team
  • Use communication technology effectively
  • Apply best practices for disclosing a medical error
  • Deliver bad news compassionately
  • Manage conflicts effectively

Patient Care

Graduates must have essential skills needed for patient care

Graduates will be able to:

  • Demonstrate the ability to perform an appropriate focused and comprehensive medical history and physical exam
  • Critically evaluate clinical findings and initial diagnostic test results to develop appropriate management plans with consideration of patient preferences, ethical principles, and cost effectiveness
  • Synthesize new information to refine and reprioritize differential diagnoses, adhering to clinical reasoning best practices
  • Perform common procedures safely

Medical Knowledge

Graduates must be able to acquire and apply medical knowledge, using scientific reasoning in patient

Graduates will be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the scientific basis for health and disease including foundational and emerging sciences
  • Apply and integrate established and evolving biomedical knowledge and concepts with principles of clinical and health systems science to provide optimal clinical care

Practice-based Learning and Improvement

Graduates must be able to assimilate evidence from resources available while endeavoring to reflect
on self-improvement

Graduates will be able to:

  • Identify clinical questions, search evidence-based databases, critically appraise scientific literature, and apply to patient care keeping with the patients’ values and preferences
  • Apply principles of deliberate practice to self-improvement and professional practice
  • Apply clinical informatics tools and techniques to patient care

Systems-based Practice

Graduates will understand the larger context of the healthcare structure, resources, and system
improvement measures

Graduates will be able to:

  • Identify and describe components of healthcare systems
  • Describe how social determinants of health influence patient health and health disparities
  • Examine bias in healthcare delivery
  • Demonstrate a patient-centered approach to diagnosis and treatment that promotes the delivery of safe, high value, and high quality patient care
  • Develop strategies for building health literacy capacity in patients and health systems
  • Participate in and, where appropriate, lead teams including other healthcare professionals to deliver comprehensive healthcare that includes facilitating continuity and coordination of ongoing care needs
  • Apply patient safety and quality improvement initiatives within healthcare systems
  • Compare and contrast healthcare policies, financing, and delivery systems, both as they affect populations as well as to assist patients in navigating these systems
  • Describe physicians’ roles in promoting population health, through advocacy, community service, and community engagement.