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Graduation Competencies

The Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University (LKSOM) is dedicated to educating and training students to be outstanding physicians prepared to meet the healthcare needs of diverse patient populations.

The medical student education program at the Lewis Katz School of Medicine provides a solid foundation in the fundamentals of basic science and clinical medicine. The curriculum is structured to ensure that students acquire the knowledge, clinical and lifelong learning skills, and professional attributes essential to the practice of medicine. The program is noted for its extensive "hands-on" experience in caring for patients.

To guide the development and structure of the curriculum, the medical school has established program competencies that must be met in order to graduate. These were developed based on recommendations of the Accreditation Council on Graduate Medical Education (ACGME), the Physician Competency Reference Set and the Core Entrustable Professional Activities for Entering Residency. The LKSOM competencies are divided into seven defined areas: medical knowledge, patient care, interpersonal and communication skills, professionalism, practice-based learning and improvement, systems-based practice, and interprofessional collaboration. 

Knowledge-Based Competencies

LKSOM graduates must demonstrate a broad working knowledge of the scientific underpinnings of medicine, the social and societal factors affecting the practice of medicine, and the application of evidence-based knowledge to clinical problem-solving and patient care. Graduates must demonstrate continual engagement in self-directed and independent learning and reflective evaluation to remain current in their knowledge necessary for clinical practice.

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Patient Care Competencies

LKSOM graduates must be able to demonstrate the ability to provide patient-centered care that is evidence-based, compassionate, effective, cost-efficient and appropriate for the promotion of health and wellness and the treatment of health problems.

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Interpersonal and Communication Skills

LKSOM graduates must demonstrate interpersonal and communication skills that result in the effective exchange of information and collaboration with patients, their families and all health care professionals.

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Professionalism

LKSOM graduates must demonstrate professionalism, which embodies the responsibilities of a physician that go beyond knowledge and technical skills related to the delivery of health care. This includes honesty, trust and mutual respect while maintaining patient confidentiality and a commitment to the welfare of patients.

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Practice-Based Learning and Improvement

LKSOM graduates must demonstrate the ability to recognize their role as patient care providers within the greater context of the healthcare system, committing to lifelong learning and professional improvement, including honest and thoughtful self-evaluation, team-based collaboration and analysis of clinical practice and outcomes within the framework of standards of care and best practices as defined by scientific evidence.

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Systems-Based Practice

LKSOM graduates must demonstrate knowledge of the structure and function of the multiple healthcare systems and all health professions engaged in the provision of care at both a patient and community level and demonstrate the ability to use appropriate system resources and best practices to provide optimal patient care.

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Interprofessional Collaboration

LKSOM graduates must demonstrate the ability to practice within an interprofessional team to provide safe and effective patient care and demonstrate the ability to integrate knowledge of their own role and the roles of other healthcare providers in a shared leadership model to provide exemplary patient care.

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The Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University (LKSOM) is dedicated to educating and training students to be outstanding physicians prepared to meet the healthcare needs of diverse patient populations.

The medical student education program at the Lewis Katz School of Medicine provides a solid foundation in the fundamentals of basic science and clinical medicine. The curriculum is structured to ensure that students acquire the knowledge, clinical and lifelong learning skills, and professional attributes essential to the practice of medicine. The program is noted for its extensive "hands-on" experience in caring for patients.

To guide the development and structure of the curriculum, the medical school has established program competencies that must be met in order to graduate. These were developed based on recommendations of the Accreditation Council on Graduate Medical Education (ACGME), the Physician Competency Reference Set and the Core Entrustable Professional Activities for Entering Residency. The LKSOM competencies are divided into seven defined areas: medical knowledge, patient care, interpersonal and communication skills, professionalism, practice-based learning and improvement, systems-based practice, and interprofessional collaboration.


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