University of South Alabama

Educational Objectives

Medical Knowledge

 

  1. Students will acquire the knowledge necessary to understand the established and evolving molecular, cellular, biochemical, and physiologic mechanisms responsible for normal structure and function of the body as a whole and within each organ system.
  2. Students will acquire the knowledge necessary to understand the established and evolving pathogenesis and pathophysiology of the body as a whole and within each organ system.
  3. Students will acquire the knowledge necessary to understand the role of biological and toxic agents in diseases pathogenesis
  4. Students will understand the epidemiological, environmental, psychological, social, behavioral, and cultural factors that contribute to the development and/or continuation of disease processes within diverse patient populations and backgrounds.
  5. Students will know how to acquire, analyze, integrate, and apply current medical knowledge to patient care activities including acute and chronic disease management, as well as the promotion of health.

 

Patient Care

 

  1. Students will demonstrate the skills essential to the delivery of patient care including the collection and interpretation of an appropriate history, performance of an appropriate physical examination, and the appropriate use and interpretation of diagnostic procedures, imaging studies, and laboratory tests.
  2. Students will be able to develop appropriate therapeutic strategies for the promotion of health.
  3. Students will be able to develop appropriate therapeutic strategies for the delivery of care to patients with diverse acute and chronic medical conditions.
  4. Students will develop the attitude to deliver compassionate, safe, and effective patient care.

Practice-based Learning and Improvement

 

  1. Students will understand the need for life-long learning and self-evaluation due to the dynamic nature of medicine.
  2. Students will develop the skills necessary for life-long learning and continuous self-evaluation.
  3. Students will demonstrate the ability to identify strengths and deficiencies, recognize the limits of their knowledge, set learning and improvement goals, and identify and perform appropriate learning activities.
  4. Students will incorporate formative feedback as part of their self-evaluation.
  5. Students will demonstrate the skills necessary to utilize information technology to optimize their learning.

 

Interpersonal and Communication Skills

 

  1. Students will demonstrate the interpersonal and communication skills to effectively exchange health information to patients, patients' families, and other healthcare professionals across a diverse range of cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds.
  2. Students will examine how their own and others' reactions, emotions, and biases affect the attitudes and behavior of themselves, patients, patients' families, and other healthcare professionals, as well as the impact it has upon the patient-doctor dynamic.
  3. Students will function effectively as members of the health care team.
  4. Students will maintain appropriate, timely, and legible medical records to facilitate the exchange of health information.

 

Professionalism

 

  1. Students will demonstrate commitment to uphold professional responsibilities and ethical standards in the practice of medicine.
  2. Students will demonstrate honesty, integrity, respect, compassion, and empathy to all individuals with whom they interact.
  3. Students will demonstrate patient advocacy, responsiveness, and sensitivity to the needs of diverse patient populations, backgrounds, and cultures that supersedes self-interest.
  4. Students will be committed to the acknowledgement of errors and accountability for their actions.
  5. Students will respect patient privacy and autonomy

 

Systems-based Practice

 

  1. Students will demonstrate an awareness of and responsiveness to the larger context and system of health care such as the organization, financing, and delivery of health care services.
  2. Students will develop knowledge of the basic elements of cost effective medicine, risk-benefit analysis, and population-based care when appropriate.
  3. Students will demonstrate an awareness of the other resources within the health care system available to optimize the delivery of care.
  4. Students will demonstrate an awareness of the systematic approaches utilized to identify and reduce medical errors, as well as how to implement solutions.
  5. Students will demonstrate the skills enabling them to work in interprofessional teams to enhance patient safety and improve patient care.
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