Medical Education Program Objectives / Outcomes and Core Competencies

KSUCPM Medical Education Program Objectives / Outcomes

The following educational outcomes will be attained as a result of the cumulative effect of both didactic instruction in preclinical courses and clinical courses, as well as clinical experiences afforded through clinical rotations and clerkship experiences. The goal is to prepare the graduate for successful entry into postdoctoral training program.

1) Demonstrate the ability to recall and apply current and emerging knowledge of human structure, function, development, pathology, pathophysiology, and psychosocial development to patient care.

2) Provide effective patient-centered care that is compassionate and appropriate for prevention and treatment of medical conditions, which promotes overall health with special emphasis on the lower extremity.

3) Demonstrate interpersonal and communication skills that result in the effective exchange of information and collaboration with patients, their families, and health professionals.

4) Demonstrate professionalism in medicine.

5) Apply scientific methods and utilize clinical and translational research to further the understanding of contemporary podiatric medicine and its application to patient care.

6) Demonstrate an awareness of and responsiveness to the larger context and system of health care, as well as the ability to call on other resources to provide optimal and cost-effective health care.

7) Demonstrate an understanding of common societal problems (e.g., issues of addiction or abuse) and their impact on patients.


KSUCPM Competencies

Domain I: Medical Knowledge

I.1 Describe normal structure and function of the body and each organ system and the associated molecular and cellular mechanisms
I.2 Describe causes of altered structure and function of organ systems and tissues that result in disease (genetic, developmental, metabolic, nutritional, toxic, microbiologic, immune dysfunction, neoplastic, degenerative, traumatic and behavioral)
I.3 Establish and maintain knowledge of medical diagnostic tests (clinical, laboratory and imaging)
I.4 Apply knowledge from “core clinical sciences” (podiatric medicine, biomechanics, podiatric surgery, radiology, and medicine) in simulated and clinical settings
I.5 Establish and maintain knowledge of pharmacology and therapeutics

Domain II: Patient Care
II.1 Gather essential and accurate patient information including a complete and appropriately organized medical history and physical examination
II.2 Evaluate patient information to formulate complete and accurate differential diagnoses, and order and interpret appropriate diagnostic tests to confirm diagnoses
II.3 Develop patient management plans that are evidence-based and considerate of cultural and ethnic preferences
II.4 Perform medical or surgical procedures appropriately and safely
II.5 Utilize medical referrals as well as diagnostic data when appropriate in collaboration with
with other health care professionals to provide patient-focused, preventative, acute, chronic, rehabilitative and end-of-life care
II.6 Discuss the risks, benefits, and complications of the treatment plan empowering the patient to participate in their care and enabling the patient to make an informed decision

Domain III: Interpersonal and Interprofessional Communication Skills
III.1 Communicate effectively with patients, families, and the public, as appropriate, across a broad range of socioeconomic and cultural backgrounds
III.2 Provide an accurate and complete oral presentation of a patient encounter
III.3 Effectively and appropriately communicate in oral, electronic and written formats
III.4 Demonstrate effective communication as a productive member of an interprofessional healthcare team

Domain IV: Professionalism
IV.1 Demonstrate respect, compassion, integrity, and responsiveness to needs of patients, society, and profession IV.2 Demonstrate a commitment to ethical principles, including confidentiality, informed consent, and respect for patient privacy and autonomy IV.3 Demonstrate sensitivity and responsiveness to a diverse patient population, including but not limited to diversity in culture, age, gender, race, religion, disabilities, sexual orientation, and health IV.4 Demonstrate accountability, timeliness and punctuality in the execution of learning and clinical duties

Domain V: Research and Scholarship
V.1 Demonstrate knowledge of scientific research methodology and design, statistical methods and research ethics
V.2 Demonstrate skill in locating, evaluating and applying the best evidence to improve the care of patients and populations
V.3 Utilize evidence-based medical resources for patient care and to advance medical knowledge

Domain VI: Systems-Based Practice
VI.1 Demonstrate the ability to work effectively in diverse health care delivery settings and systems
VI.2 Understand the structure and function of health care delivery and payer systems used in the United States, with appreciation for the importance of the podiatric physician in developing and implementing policy
VI.3 Utilize resources for patients in situations in which social and economic barriers to access health information exist

Domain VII: Social Determinants of Health and Addiction
VII.1 Recognize the important determinants of changing health (including aging, psychological and social factors) that contribute to the development and/or continuation of illnesses (in individuals and the community)
VII.2 Recognize cardinal symptoms of patient addiction and the associated behaviors
VII.3 Recognize clinical and radiographic signs of patient abuse
VII.4 Identify patient behaviors and signs suggestive of human trafficking