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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 important biomedical concepts and apply them to the practice of medicine emphasizing the scientific principles and mechanisms that underlie health, disease and methods of therapy.
  2. Apply medical knowledge, epidemiology and clinical reasoning skills to effectively solve problems related to patient care.
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, diagnostic evaluations, family and other healthcare team members) in order to develop patient assessments
  3. In collaboration with the patient and the healthcare team, make informed decisions about diagnostic plans using up-to-date scientific evidence and clinical judgment.
  4. In collaboration with the patient and the healthcare team, make informed decisions about therapeutic interventions using up-to-date scientific evidence, and clinical judgment
  5. Accurately summarize and clearly present patient data and patient care information in both written and oral formats in accordance with established guidelines
  6. Perform appropriate procedures and skills safely and correctly with appropriate informed consent and supervision.
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 interprofessional care team members
  2. Utilize patient-centered interviewing skills to gather and share information with patients and families
  3. Engage with patients and families in discussion of diagnostic, therapeutic and health promotion plans
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 respect to diverse patient populations, families and members of the health care team
  3. Demonstrate compassion, integrity and altruism for others
  4. Demonstrate accountability and an ability to give, receive and incorporate constructive feedback
  5. Utilize appropriate methods and resources to demonstrate their commitment to maintaining personal health and well-being which promote 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 Based Practice
  1. Describe and apply the principles of health care quality improvement, cost effectiveness and patient safety
  2. Demonstrate familiarity with the professional standards of medical practice and issues of patient privacy.
  3. Demonstrate the ability to work within a multidisciplinary and interprofessional patient care team.
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 evidence to understand the causes and effects of disease and to improve the care of patients and populations
  2. Identify the strengths and limitations in one’s knowledge, skills, and attitudes in order to develop learning and improvement goals
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. Describe and address the social determinants of health common to the population of New Mexico and their contributions to the development and/or continuation of disease.
  2. Care and advocate for patients experiencing issues of health disparity and contribute to addressing the health care needs of underserved individuals and communities in New Mexico.