Chicago Medical School
Approved by CMS Academic Assembly May 13, 2013

Core Competencies

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Professionalism and Self-Awareness. Demonstrate a commitment to professional services, adherence to ethical principles, and awareness of one's own interests and vulnerabilities.
  4. Practice-Based, Life-Long Learning. Demonstrate the ability to appraise and assimilate scientific evidence to evaluate and improve patient care practices.
  5. Systems-Based, Interprofessional Practice. Demonstrate and 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.
  6. Interpersonal and Communication Skills. Demonstrate effective understanding, information exchange, and teamwork with patients, their families, peers and other health professionals.

    Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science
    Chicago Medical School Competency-Based Objectives
    Medical and Scientific Knowledge


  1. 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, students must:
    1. Describe the normal structure and function of the body.
    2. Distinguish the causes and underlying mechanisms of disease.
    3. Identify the epidemiology of common illnesses.
    4. Describe the principles and methods of diagnostic decision-making (to include clinical,
      laboratory, pathologic and imaging studies).
    5. Describe the principles of therapeutic decision-making.

  2. Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science
    Chicago Medical School Competency-Based Objectives
    Patient Care and Prevention


  3. 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:
    1. Identify factors that place individuals at risk for disease or injury and use strategies to prevent or slow the disease process.
    2. Perform reliable (comprehensive and problem focused) history and physical examinations.
    3. Order and appropriately interpret the results of commonly used diagnostic procedures.
    4. Perform routine technical procedures.
    5. Construct appropriate diagnostic and therapeutic strategies for patients with common acute and chronic conditions.
    6. Provide effective education to patients and their families.

  4. Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science
    Chicago Medical School Competency-Based Objectives
    Professionalism and Self-Awareness


  5. Professionalism and Self-Awareness. Demonstrate a commitment to professional services, adherence to ethical principles, and awareness of one's own interests and vulnerabilities. Specifically, students must:
    1. Apply the theories and principles that govern ethical decision-making in medicine.
    2. Demonstrate respect, dignity, compassion, and integrity when engaging patients, their families, peers, the university community, and other healthcare providers.
    3. Recognize how one's own limitations, personal biases, and vulnerabilities may impact patient care and interactions with other healthcare providers.
    4. Seek and respond appropriately to performance feedback.

  6. Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science
    Chicago Medical School Competency-Based Objectives
    Practice-Based, Life-Long Learning


  7. 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, evaluate, and apply evidence-based medicine in the context of patient care.
    2. Apply current technology to access, manage, and use biomedical information for solving clinical problems.
    3. Develop the ability to self-assess and demonstrate a willingness to engage in reflective practice.
    4. Provide constructive feedback to peers/ colleagues aimed at fostering professional growth and improving patient care.

  8. Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science
    Chicago Medical School Competency-Based Objectives
    Systems-Based, Interprofessional Practice


  9. Systems-Based, Interprofessional Practice. Demonstrate and 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.
    2. Recognize when and how to initiate the assistance of other healthcare providers in the context of patient care.
    3. Describe various healthcare practice types, delivery systems, and how they are used to meet the needs of the community.
    4. Identify systematic practices that improve patient safety, minimize error, and contribute to continuous quality improvement.

  10. Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science
    Chicago Medical School Competency-Based Objectives
    Interpersonal and Communication Skills


  11. Interpersonal and Communication Skills. Demonstrate effective understanding, information exchange, and teamwork with patients, their families, peers and other health professionals. Specifically, students must:
    1. Demonstrate the ability to initiate and sustain professional relationships with patients, their families, and other members of the healthcare team.
    2. Use effective listening, questioning, verbal, nonverbal, and writing skills when communicating with patients and their families.
    3. Prepare and organize comprehensive, timely, and legible medical records.
    4. Use effective verbal presentation and written skills when communicating with colleagues, superiors, and other members of the healthcare team.
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