Core Competencies and Educational Program Objectives (EPOs)

McGovern Medical School expects all of its students to demonstrate the following competencies prior to graduating with the M.D. degree.

  1. Patient Care and Clinical Skills – Graduates must be able to provide patient-centered care that is compassionate, appropriate, and effective for the promotion of health and the evaluation and management of disease.
  2. Medical Knowledge – Graduates must be able to demonstrate knowledge of established and evolving biomedical, clinical, epidemiological, and social-behavioral sciences, as well as the application of this knowledge to patient care.
  3. Interpretation of Medical Data/ Practice-Based Learning and Improvement – Graduates must be able to demonstrate the ability to investigate and evaluate their patient care practices, appraise and assimilate scientific evidence, and improve their patient care based on constant self-evaluation and life-long learning.
  4. Interpersonal and Communication Skills – Graduates must be able to demonstrate interpersonal and communication skills that result in the effective exchange of information and collaboration with patients, their families, and health professionals.
  5. Professionalism – Graduates must be able to demonstrate a commitment to carrying out professional responsibilities, adherence to ethical principles, and sensitivity to a diverse patient population.
  6. Systems-Based Practice – Graduates must be able to demonstrate an awareness of and responsiveness to the larger context and system of health care, as well as the ability to call effectively on other resources in the system to provide optimal health care.

Medical Education Program Objectives