Emergency Medicine

Emergency Medicine Clerkship Competencies

Approved by CMS Academic Assembly May 3, 2011


I.                   Medical and Scientific Knowledge. Demonstrate knowledge about established and evolving biomedical, clinical, epidemiological and social-behavioral sciences and apply this knowledge in caring for ill and healthy patients of all ages. Specifically, the student must demonstrate:

7.      Knowledge of the epidemiology of common illnesses within defined populations, the systematic approaches used in reducing the incidence and prevalence, as well as the prevention of those illnesses within cultural and socioeconomic context.


8.      Knowledge of the principles of pharmacology and therapeutic decision- making.


II.                Patient Care and Prevention. Demonstrate patient centered care that is compassionate, appropriate and effective for the promotion of health, quality of life, prevention of illness, treatment of disease, and the end of life. Specifically, students must:

3.      Perform a complete and symptom-focused examination, as appropriate, including a mental status examination.


13.  Identify factors that place individuals at risk for disease or injury; select appropriate tests for detecting specific diseases or early stages of disease; and determine strategies for responding appropriately.

III.             Professionalism and Self-Awareness. Demonstrate a commitment to professional service, adherence to ethical principles, sensitivity to diverse patient populations, and awareness of one’s own interests and vulnerabilities. Specifically students must:

2.      Recognize how one’s own limitations, personal biases, and vulnerabilities may influence the delivery of patient care and how to strive to overcome these limitations and seek appropriate assistance when necessary.


5.      Demonstrate an awareness of the need to serve communities and society and care for members of traditionally underserved populations.


IV.              Practice-Based, Life-Long Learning. Demonstrate the ability to appraise and assimilate scientific evidence to evaluate and improve patient care practices. Specifically, students must:


1.      Search for new evidence regarding diagnosis, prognosis, and treatment of specific diseases, and integrate this knowledge into patient care.


3.      Develop the ability to self-assess and demonstrate a willingness to engage in reflective practice.

V.                 Systems-Based, Inter Professional Practice. Demonstrate an awareness of and responsiveness to the larger context of health care and be able to call on system resources and other health care professionals to provide optimal care. Specifically, students must:


1.      Identify one’s own role on the healthcare team and how it is complementary to other health professionals in the delivery of patient care.


6.      Identify how to assist individual patients in dealing effectively with complex health care systems.


VI.              Interpersonal and Communication Skills. Demonstrate effective understanding, information exchange, and teamwork with patients, their families, and other health professionals. Specifically, students must:


2.      Demonstrate effective listening, questioning, verbal, nonverbal, and writing skills to communicate with patients and their families.


5.      Demonstrate the ability to initiate and sustain professional relationships with the healthcare team.


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