The IAU College of Medicine M.D. Program requires students to achieve competence in the six domains listed below. This core set of competencies has been organized into the same set of competency domains adopted by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME).


General Competency

Educational Program Objective (The graduate will be able toā€¦)

Medical Knowledge

Engage in clinical reasoning to solve clinical problems
Apply knowledge of fundamental sciences to clinical problems
Recognize the central importance of discovery and understand the scientific foundations of medicine, and apply that understanding to the practice of evidence-based medicine

Patient Care

Gather complete and focused histories in an organized fashion, appropriate to the clinical situation and specific population
Conduct relevant, complete, and focused physical exams
Present encounters including reporting of information and development of an assessment and plan efficiently and accurately
Document encounters including reporting of information and development of an assessment and plan efficiently and accurately
Perform common procedures safely and correctly with attention to patient’s comfort
Follow universal precautions and sterile technique
Demonstrate confidence and efficacy with the primary provider role in the acute and ambulatory settings and the provision of longitudinal care
Manage and prioritize patient care tasks for a group of patients
Anticipate patients’ needs, conduct discharge planning, and create individualized disease management and/or prevention plans including patient self-management and behavior change

Systems-Based Practice

Participate effectively as a member of the healthcare team with physicians and healthcare providers
Understand basic principles of healthcare delivery, organization and finance, how costs affect healthcare delivery, and incentives methods for controlling costs


Form doctor-patient relationships demonstratingĀ sensitivity and responsiveness to culture, race/ethnicity, age, socioeconomic status, gender, sexual orientation, spirituality, disabilities, and other aspects of diversity and identity, and advocate for care for the underserved
Demonstrate respect, compassion, accountability, dependability, and integrity when interacting with peers, healthcare providers, patients, and families
Be responsive to the needs of patients and society and appropriately balance these needs with one’s own
Show accountability and reliability in interactions with patients, families, and other health professionals
Practice ethically and with integrity, including maintaining patient confidentiality, obtaining appropriate informed consent, and responding to medical errors
Adhere to institutional and professional standardsĀ Ā and regulation for personal, patient and public safety, adhereĀ Ā to principles of ethical research, and manage conflicts of interest

Interpersonal and Communication Skills

Establish collaborative and constructive relationships with patients and families
Communicate effectively with patients and families of diverse background and cultures
Effectively and empathetically discuss serious, sensitive, and difficult topics
Share information and negotiate treatment plans with patients and their families
Elicit and address patients’ concerns, needs and preferences and incorporate them into management plans
Communicate effectively with diverse patients and ensure patient understanding
Present patient information efficiently in an organized, accurate, and logical fashion appropriate for the clinical situation, including assessment and plan
Communicate oral and written clinical information that accurately and efficiently summarizes patient data
Communicate effectively and respectfully with all members of the interprofessional team involved in a patient’s care

Practice-Based Learning and Improvement

Use information technology to access online medical information, manage information, and assimilate evidence from scientific studies in patient care
Identify clinical questions as they emerge in patient care activities and identify and apply evidence relevant to answering those questions
Appraise, assimilate, and apply scientific evidence from the literature to the care of individual patients
Apply clinical evidence appropriately in patient care
Critically reflect on one’s own performance to identify strengths and challenges, set individual learning and improvement goals, and engage in appropriate learning activities to meet those goals
Employ strategies for seeking and incorporating feedback from all available resources
Use a portfolio to document professional and personal development in the IAU College of Medicine MD competencies