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School of Medicine

Medical Competencies

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Temple / St. Luke’s curriculum is designed so that students develop proficiency in the competencies that will be required as a resident and as an independently practicing physician.

Students must be knowledgeable about the scientific basis of medicine and be able to apply that knowledge to clinical problem-solving and the care of patients. They must engage in self-directed and independent learning to remain current in their knowledge.

Patient care
Students must be able to provide patient-centered care that is evidence-based, compassionate, effective and appropriate for the treatment of health problems and the promotion of health.

Interpersonal and communication skills
Students must demonstrate interpersonal and communication skills that result in effective exchange of information and collaboration with patients, their families and health professionals.

Amber Horner

“I love that I am a student in the Temple / St. Luke’s medical program. Everyone that I have had the opportunity to work with at St. Luke’s has been extremely supportive. The St. Luke’s community really wants its students to succeed.”
– Amber Horner, Class of 2015

Students must embody the responsibilities of a physician that go beyond knowledge and technical skills and enables the delivery of high quality health care. Professionalism includes honesty, maintaining patient confidentiality and trust, mutual respect, and commitment to the welfare of patients.

Practice-based learning and improvement
Students must be able to place their role as patient care provider within the greater context of the healthcare system. Students must commit to lifelong learning and professional improvement which includes honest and thoughtful self-evaluation and analysis of practice patterns and outcomes within the framework of standards of care, and best practices as defined by scientific evidence.

Systems-based practice
Students must demonstrate knowledge of the multiple systems engaged in the provision of health care and the ability to use system resources to provide optimal patient care.

Inter-professional collaboration
Students must demonstrate the ability to engage in an interprofessional team to enhance safe and effective patient care.

Read more detailed expectations associated with each of these competencies.