Goals and Objectives of the Education Program

Curriculum Goals:

  1. Mastery of clinical knowledge with integration of basic sciences

  2. Excellence in clinical skills

  3. Excellence in professionalism and humanism

  4. Commitment to the health of the community and appreciation of social and cultural diversity

  5. Dedication to lifelong learning

  6. Development of effective education and communication skills


Curriculum Objectives:

Goal 1: Mastery of Clinical Knowledge with Integration of Basic Sciences
  • Demonstrate comprehension of core basic science knowledge
  • Demonstrate comprehension of core clinical knowledge
  • Demonstrate an ability to utilize basic science knowledge to explain normal and abnormal physical findings
Goal 2: Excellence in Clinical Skills
  • Perform a comprehensive history and physical, including obtaining a complex biopsychosocial history
  • Exhibit facility in developing differential diagnoses and therapeutic plans
  • Present a patient in a comprehensive, logical and analytical fashion
  • Demonstrate ability to counsel patients
  • Demonstrate competency in basic clinical procedures
Goal 3: Excellence in Professionalism and Humanism
  • Demonstrate respect for the patient, patients' families and all members of the healthcare team
  • Listen to patients in a judgmental and value-free manner
  • Behave morally and ethically at all times and recognize and follow the NJMS Professional Code of Conduct
  • Develop an understanding of one's own strengths, weaknesses, biases and fears
  • Acknowledge and learn from mistakes
  • Display a kind and caring manner with patients, colleagues and other members of the medical team
  • Set high standards for behavior for oneself and model them for one's peers
Goal 4: Commitment to the Health of the Community and Appreciation of Social and Cultural Diversity
  • Demonstrate the ability to obtain a history and physical that accommodates a patient's belief systems
  • Demonstrate the ability to develop a treatment plan that accommodates the gender, cultural, and socio-economic context of the patient
  • Demonstrate cultural and linguistic competency
  • Demonstrate the ability to perform a funtional history and physical, and develop a treatment plan in individuals with disabilities and chronic diseases
Goal 5: Dedication to Lifelong Learning
  • Practice evidence-based medicine
  • Recognize when to seek consultation
  • Be able to learn from patients and all members of the healthcare team
Goal 6: Development of Effective Skills in Education and Communication
  • Teach patients how to maximize wellness, prevent disease and manage illness
  • Effectively teach junior students and peers
  • Make organized and concise oral presentations
  • Be an effective listener
  • Communicate with others in a non-judgmental manner
  • Write articulate, legible and interpretable histories, physicals and progress notes


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