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Technical Standards for the MD Degree

The curriculum, as established by the faculty, represents a core curriculum essential to all physicians.  Therefore, the Lewis Katz School of Medicine expects that each student admitted will be capable of completing the full curriculum of required courses and electives under the established School policies. In the admission of students, all individuals are considered on the basis of total non-academic and academic qualifications.  This includes assessment of prior academic achievements, scores on standardized national examinations, and such personal qualifications as motivation and interest in medicine, resourcefulness, leadership problem-solving ability, personality and character.  Applicants to the Lewis Katz School of Medicine are considered without regard to disability but with the expectation that all parts of the curriculum can be completed.  The presence of a disability may impede that individual’s ability on one or more of these areas.  In these cases, the School will consider necessary accommodations for an otherwise qualified individual.  The School must be fully satisfied that the applicant can make satisfactory progress through the curriculum with or without these accommodations.

The various abilities and skills necessary to be a competent physician include: observation, communication, motor, intellectual—conceptual integrative and quantitative, and behavioral and social. Technological compensation can be made for some disabilities in certain areas, but a candidate should be able to perform in a reasonably independent manner. Except in rare cases, the use of a trained intermediary means that a candidate’s judgment must be mediated by someone else’s powers of selection and observation, and is not acceptable.

The Lewis Katz School of Medicine technical standards are that students are competent to:

  • Recognize, understand and interpret instructional materials required during undergraduate medical education.
  • Obtain and record a patient’s historical medical information.
  • Detect, understand and interpret physical examination findings, including alterations in anatomy or other abnormalities encountered as part of the general physical examination.
  • Manipulate and utilize equipment and instruments traditionally used by physicians and trainees.
  • Recognize, interpret and evaluate diagnostic studies and perform calculations necessary to deliver appropriate care to the patient.
  • Communicate clinical findings, develop and record diagnoses as well as treatment plans.
  • Communicate effectively with other healthcare providers, patients and their families.
  • Perform all of the above tasks within a timeframe that is appropriate for a clinical setting.

All students must confirm that they can meet all of the technical standards, with or without accommodation.

Any student requesting accommodation must contact the Office of Disability Resources or the Associate Director of Diversity and Inclusion, Dr. Melanie Cosby.