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Approved December 4, 2019

These program objectives and attributes were revised from the original list of the Physician Competency Reference Set based on Curriculum Committee work during the June 20, 2018 and June 27, 2018 meetings and revised on December 4, 2018. 

Program Objectives

University of Utah School of Medicine Graduates will be able to:

Patient Care

Provide patient-centered care that is compassionate, appropriate, and effective for the treatment of health problems and the promotion of health

UPC1. Perform medical, diagnostic, and surgical procedures considered essential for entering residency
UPC2. Gather essential and accurate information about patients and their conditions through history-taking
physical examination, and the use of laboratory data, imaging, and other tests
UPC3. Organize and prioritize responsibilities to provide care that is safe, effective, and efficient
UPC4. Interpret laboratory data, imaging studies, and other tests required for the area of practice
UPC5. Make informed decisions about diagnostic and therapeutic interventions using an evidence-based approach  based on patient information and preferences, scientific evidence, and clinical judgment
UPC6. Develop and carry out patient management plans
UPC7. Counsel and educate patients and /or their families to empower them to participate in their care and enable shared decision making
UPC8. Provide healthcare services to patients, families, and communities aimed at preventing health problems or with maintaining health




Knowledge for Practice

Demonstrate knowledge of established and evolving biomedical, clinical, epidemiological and social-behavioral sciences, as well as the application of this knowledge to patient care

UKP 1. Develop and implement approaches for generating and applying new knowledge that emphasizes inquiry, discovery, and dissemination
UKP 2. Apply established and emerging physiologic, pathologic, molecular, biochemical, microbiologic, cellular, immunologic, pharmacologic, and genetic scientific principles fundamental to prevention, risk assessment, diagnosis, and management of disease for patients and / or populations
UKP 3. Apply established and emerging principles of clinical sciences to diagnostic and therapeutic decision-making, clinical problem-solving, and other aspects of evidence-based health care to patient scenarios (if applied to real patients refer to Patient Care objectives above) 
UKP 4. Apply established and emerging evidence about lifestyle changes for disease prevention to improve patient health outcomes
UKP 5. Apply principles of social-behavioral sciences to provision of patient care, including assessment of the impact of psychosocial and cultural influences on health, disease, care-seeking, care compliance, and / or barriers to and attitudes toward care
UKP 6. Demonstrate knowledge of ethical principles pertaining to provision or withholding of care, confidentiality, and/or informed consent


Practice Based Learning and Improvement

Demonstrate the ability to investigate and evaluate one’s care of patients, to appraise and assimilate scientific evidence, and to continuously improve patient care based on constant self-evaluation and life-long learning

UPBLI 1. Identify strengths, deficiencies, and limits in one's knowledge and expertise
UPBLI 2. Set learning and improvement goals
UPBLI 3. Identify and perform learning activities that address one's gaps in knowledge, skills, and / or attitudes
UPBLI 4. Locate, appraise, and apply evidence from scientific studies related to patients' health problems


Interpersonal and Communication Skills

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

UICS 1. Communicate effectively with patients, families, peers and /or other team members across a broad range of socioeconomic and cultural backgrounds using strategies that build rapport and promote inclusion and equity
UICS 2. Demonstrate interpersonal and communication skills that result in the effective exchange of information with patients, families, peers and / or other team members
UICS 3. Maintain comprehensive, timely, and legible medical records
UICS 4. Demonstrate sensitivity, honesty, and compassion in difficult conversations, including those about death, end of life, adverse events, bad news, disclosure of errors, and / or other sensitive topics



Demonstrate a commitment to carrying out professional responsibilities and an adherence to ethical principles

UP 1. Demonstrate respect for others in all interactions, including team, classroom and patient interactions, and during conflict resolution, students will treat peers, faculty, staff, patients, and / or patient’s families with consideration, compassion, dignity, and respect
UP 2. Demonstrate Integrity in all interactions, including team, classroom and patient interactions, students will exhibit honesty and integrity while maintaining personal control amidst adverse circumstances
UP 3. Demonstrate reliability in all interactions, including team, classroom and patient interactions, students will demonstrate trustworthiness through being accountable to responsibilities
UP 4. Demonstrate a drive for excellence through a lifelong commitment to learning and self-improvement


Systems-Based Practice

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

USBP 1. Coordinate patient care within and across the health care system, including patient hand-offs
USBP 2. Incorporate considerations of cost awareness and risk-benefit analysis in patient and / or population-based care
USBP 3. Identify risks to patient safety and apply strategies to deliver safe patient care


Interprofessional Collaboration and Teamwork

Demonstrate the ability to engage in an interprofessional team in a manner that optimizes safe, effective patient- and population-centered care

UIC 1. Work with other health professionals to establish and maintain a climate of mutual respect, dignity, diversity, ethical integrity, and trust
UIC 2. Demonstrate team building skills that enhance the learning environment
UIC 3. Provide feedback to enhance team members’ learning and performance


Program Attributes*

In order to achieve the program objectives, University of Utah School of Medicine students will:

  • Engage in appropriate help-seeking behaviors through self-awareness of knowledge, skills, and emotional limitations
  • Demonstrate healthy coping mechanisms to respond to stress
  • Manage conflict between personal and professional responsibilities
  • Practice flexibility and maturity in adjusting to change
  • Incorporate feedback into day-to-day practice
  • Utilizing appropriate resources in dealing with uncertainty and ambiguity
  • Demonstrate accountability to patients, society, and the profession
  • Demonstrate trustworthiness that makes colleagues feel secure when one is responsible for the care of patients
  • Demonstrate self-confidence that puts patients, families, and members of the health care team at ease
  • Demonstrate responsiveness to patient needs that supersedes self-interest

*Attributes are not formally assessed in the curriculum

 Approved Jul 27, 2018 by CC e-vote

Core Entrustable Professional Activities (EPAs)

  1. Gather a history and perform a physical examination
  2. Develop a prioritized differential diagnosis and select a working diagnosis following a patient encounter
  3. Recommend and interpret common diagnostic and screening tests
  4. Enter and discuss patient orders/prescriptions
  5. Provide documentation of a clinical encounter in written or electronic format
  6. Provide an oral presentation/summary of a patient encounter
  7. Form clinical questions and retrieve evidence to advance patient care
  8. Give or receive a patient handover to transition care responsibility to another health care provider or team
  9. Participate as a contributing and integrated member of an interprofessional team
  10. Recognize a patient requiring urgent or emergent care, initiate evaluation and treatment, and seek help
  11. Obtain informed consent for tests and/or procedures that the day 1 intern is expected to perform or order without supervision
  12. Perform general procedures of a physician
  13. Identify system failures and contribute to a culture of safety and improvement

AAMC Core Entrustable Professional Activities website


For any further questions please contact:

Kerri Shaffer, MEd, MLIS
Director of Curriculum and Faculty Support