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Enabling Competencies:

  • PC1. Obtain an accurate, age-appropriate medical history.
  • PC2. Demonstrate proper technique in performing both a complete and a symptom-focused examination, addressing issues of patient modesty and comfort.
  • PC3. Perform routine technical procedures and tests under supervision and with minimal discomfort to the patient.
  • PC4. Justify each diagnostic test proposed and ordered with regard to cost, effectiveness, risks and complications, and the patient’s overall goals and values.
  • PC5. Apply clinical reasoning and critical thinking skills in developing a differential diagnosis.
  • PC6. Apply the principles of pharmacology, therapeutics, and therapeutic decision-making to develop a management plan.
  • PC7. Identify and incorporate into the care of patient’s appropriate prevention strategies for common conditions.
  • PC8. Identify when patients have life-threatening conditions and institute appropriate initial therapy.
  • PC9. Demonstrate sensitivity and responsiveness to a diverse patient population, including but not limited to diversity in gender, age, culture, race, religion, disabilities, and sexual orientation.

Enabling Competencies:

  • MK1. Describe the normal structure and function of the human body and of each of its major organ systems across the life span.
  • MK2. Explain various causes (genetic, developmental, metabolic, toxic, microbiologic, autoimmune, neoplastic, degenerative, behavioral, and traumatic) of major diseases and conditions and the ways in which they operate on the body (pathogenesis).
  • MK3. Describe how the altered structure and function (pathology and pathophysiology) of the body and its major organ systems are manifest through major diseases and conditions.
  • MK4. Identify the proximate and ultimate factors that contribute to the development of disease and illness, and that contribute to health status within and across populations regionally, nationally, and globally.
  • MK5. Demonstrate knowledge of the common medical conditions within each clinical discipline, including its pathophysiology and fundamentals of treatment.
  • MK6. Demonstrate knowledge of the basic principles of human behavior throughout the life cycle, including human sexuality and development during infancy, childhood, adolescence, adulthood, and end of life.
  • MK7. Recognize the medical consequences of common societal problems.

Enabling Competencies:

  • IC1. Communicate effectively in oral format with patients and patients’ families.
  • IC2. Communicate effectively in oral format with colleagues, and other health care professionals.
  • IC3. Communicate effectively in written format with colleagues and other health care professionals.
  • IC4. Sensitively address end-of-life issues with patients and their families, including do-not-resuscitate orders and pain management.

Enabling Competencies:

  • PR1.  Identify and consistently demonstrate ethical principles and behaviors in the care of patients.
  • PR2. Demonstrate professional behavior consistent with expectations for the medical profession including punctuality and attire.
  • PR3. Demonstrate respect for and adapt to different patient and medical cultures and expectations.
  • PR4. Identify the causes, prevalence, symptoms, and negative impact on patient care of physician burnout and begin to formulate a thoughtful individual personal plan for dealing with stress and work life balance.

Enabling Competencies:

  • LL1. Demonstrate skills in retrieving, critically assessing, and integrating social and biomedical information into clinical decision-making.
  • LL2. Reflect upon clinical, service and educational experiences, evaluate positive and negative aspects, and make changes to improve future experiences.
  • LL3.Demonstrate personal accountability by actively seeking feedback, admitting errors openly, and honestly modifying behavior.

Enabling Competencies:

  • SHS1. Describe various approaches to the organization, financing, and delivery of health care in the United States and other countries and the role of physicians in developing and implementing health policy.
  • SHS2. Identify disparities across populations in North Carolina and nationally and discuss physician roles in reducing these disparities.
  • SHS3. Identify common ways that physicians can advocate for patients and communities.
  • SHS4. Identify factors that place populations at risk for disease or injury and select appropriate strategies for risk reduction.
  • SHS5. Participate in identifying system errors and implementing potential systems solutions.
  • SHS6. Apply principles of translational research, patient safety, or quality improvement to enhance patient care.
  • SHS7. Demonstrate collaborative teamwork skills and the ability to work effectively with other members of the health care team.
  • SHS8. Identify and develop the leadership skills required in an era of teamwork.
  • SHS9. Identify necessary elements for coordinated care of patients with complex and chronic diseases.
  • SHS10. Demonstrate an ability to integrate group level clinical data (registries) into the care of patient and populations.

Other Topics

Societal Problems

Child and Intimate Partner Abuse
Tobacco Use
Substance Abuse Disorder and Opioid Use
Health Disparities

Special Topics

End-of-Life Curriculum

Basic Science Content