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Competencies and Learning Objectives

The integrated undergraduate medical education curriculum at the UNM School of Medicine is designed to prepare students with the essential knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary to provide effective, compassionate health care within a rapidly evolving health care environment.   In addition to guiding student learning, the School of Medicine competencies and objectives will also guide curriculum design, innovation and ongoing faculty development.

SOM Competencies

Related SOM Program Objectives

At the end of medical school training a graduating student will be able to:

Competency 1:
Medical Knowledge
  1. Describe the normal structure and function of the body and of each of its major organ systems and apply that knowledge to the practice of clinical medicine
  2. Explain established and emerging biomedical scientific principles and their underlying mechanisms
  3. Identify common and significant clinical problems, explain their pathophysiology and describe clinical interventions to treat these problems
  4. Describe the important non-biological, social determinants of health and analyze their contributions to the development and/or continuation of disease
  5. Apply critical thinking skills to effectively solve problems related to patient care
  6. Describe and apply epidemiology, biostatistics and evidence-based principles to clinical practice
SOM Competencies

Related SOM Program Objectives
At the end of medical school training a graduating student will be able to:

Competency 2:
Patient Care
  1. Gather essential and accurate information about patients and their conditions through history taking, physical examination, and the appropriate use of laboratory data, imaging, and other studies
  2. Interpret and synthesize information from multiple sources (medical records, history, physical, family, and other diagnostic evaluations) in order to develop patient assessments
  3. Make informed decisions about diagnostic and therapeutic interventions based on patient information, prognosis and preferences, up-to-date scientific evidence, and clinical judgment
  4. In collaboration with the healthcare team, develop and implement patient management plans that are clearly discussed with the care team, patient, and family
  5. Apply continuity of care practices that lead to positive patient outcomes
  6. Accurately summarize and clearly present patient data and patient care information in both written and oral formats in accordance with established guidelines
  7. Provide education to patients, families, and communities about preventing health problems or maintaining health
  8. Perform appropriate procedures and skills safely and correctly with appropriate supervision taking into account patient comfort and autonomy
  9. Demonstrate an understanding of the principles of transition of patient care between providers or settings
SOM Competencies

Related SOM Program Objectives
At the end of medical school training a graduating student will be able to:

Competency 3: Interpersonal and Communication Skills
  1. Establish collaborative and trusting relationships with faculty, peers, patients, families, and care team members
  2. Utilize patient-centered interviewing skills to gather and share information with patients, families, and health care team members
  3. Engage patients and their families in health promotion and treatment plans
  4. Demonstrate an ability to develop positive interpersonal interactions and demonstrate knowledge of conflict management in multiple settings when appropriate
SOM Competencies

Related SOM Program Objectives
At the end of medical school training a graduating student will be able to:

Competency 4: Personal and Professional Development
  1. Use a recognized framework of ethical decision-making in addressing issues and concerns in diverse educational and clinical situations
  2. Demonstrate sensitivity and responsiveness to diverse patient populations, families and members of the health care team
  3. Demonstrate compassion, integrity, altruism, and respect for others
  4. Demonstrate accountability to peers, faculty, patients, society, and the profession
  5. Demonstrate familiarity with the laws and professional standards affecting medical practice and research
  6. Demonstrate the capacity to self-reflect on their acculturation to medicine and to assess the impact of their medical school experiences on their evolving personal and professional values.
  7. Demonstrate a commitment to their own health and well-being to foster optimal patient care and a sustainable work-life balance.
SOM Competencies

Related SOM Program Objectives
At the end of medical school training a graduating student will be able to:

Competency 5: Systems and Community-Based Practice
  1. Compare and contrast different types of medical practices and delivery systems and their implications for population health
  2. Describe the principles of health care quality improvement and quality assurance  
  3. Describe responsible business practices of medicine including ethical and legally appropriate documentation, awareness of billing and coding, and management of privacy and information
  4. Develop habits that ensure patient safety and recognize the challenges to ensuring that patients receive the safest, most reliable care
  5. Explain the importance of cost effective health care and resource allocation that does not compromise the quality of patient care
  6. Advocate for quality patient care and health equity. Assist patients in dealing with system complexities
  7. Utilize health informatics to support patient care
  8. Demonstrate the ability to work within a multidisciplinary patient care team, with an understanding of the physicians’ role and the unique and complementary abilities of all members of the team to enhance patient care
SOM Competencies

Related SOM Program Objectives
At the end of medical school training a graduating student will be able to:

Competency 6: Practice-based Learning and Improvement
  1. Demonstrate skill in accessing, evaluating, and applying the best available evidence to facilitate learning and improve the care of individual patients and populations
  2. Identify the strengths and limitations in one’s knowledge, skills, and attitudes in order to develop learning and improvement goals
  3. Participate in the education of patients, families, students, peers, and other health care professionals
  4. Give, receive, and incorporate constructive feedback
SOM Competencies

Related SOM Program Objectives
At the end of medical school training a graduating student will be able to:

Competency 7:  New Mexico Health
  1. Demonstrate knowledge of disease processes and the medical consequences of societal problems unique to the populations of New Mexico
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of the role of the School of Medicine in promoting the health of all New Mexico communities
  3. Appreciate issues of health equity and contribute to addressing the health needs of underserved individuals and communities in the state