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Graduation Competencies

Knowledge-Based Competencies

Physicians must be knowledgeable about the scientific basis of medicine and be able to apply that knowledge to clinical problem-solving and the care of patients. They must engage in self-directed and independent learning to remain current in their knowledge.
Learn how students demonstrate knowledge-based competencies (PDF).

Patient Care Competencies

Students must be able to provide patient-centered care that is evidence-based, compassionate, effective and appropriate for the treatment of health problems and the promotion of health.
Interpersonal and Communication Skills. Students must demonstrate interpersonal and communication skills that result in effective exchange of information and collaboration with patients, their families and health professionals. 
Learn how students demonstrate patient-care skills (PDF).

Interpersonal and Communication Skills

Students must demonstrate interpersonal and communication skills that result in effective exchange of information and collaboration with patients, their families and health professionals. 
Learn how students demonstrate interpersonal and communication skills (PDF).

Professionalism

Professionalism embodies the responsibilities of a physician that go beyond knowledge and technical skills and enables the delivery of health care. It includes honesty, maintaining patient confidentiality and trust, mutual respect and commitment to the welfare of patients.
Learn how students demonstrate professionalism (PDF).

Practice-Based Learning and Improvement

Students must be able to place their role as patient care provider within the greater context of the healthcare system. Students must commit to lifelong learning and professional improvement which includes honest and thoughtful self-evaluation and analysis of practice patterns and outcomes within the framework of standards of care, and best-practices as defined by scientific evidence.
Learn how students demonstate practice-based learning and improvement (PDF).

Systems-Based Practice

Students must demonstrate knowledge of the multiple systems engaged in the provision of health care and the ability to use system resources to provide optimal patient care.
Learn how students demonstrate systems-based competencies (PDF).

Interprofessional Collaboration

Students must demonstrate the ability to engage in an interprofessional team to enhance safe and effective patient care. System-Based Practice. Students must demonstrate knowledge of the multiple systems engaged in the provision of healthcare and the ability to use system resources to provide optimal patient care.
Learn how students demonstrate interprofessional collaboration (PDF).


The Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University (LKSOM) is dedicated to educating and training students to be excellent physicians who will be thoroughly prepared to meet the medical needs of a diverse patient population, including the local community, the State of Pennsylvania and beyond. The school places particular emphasis on attracting and graduating future physicians who will provide care to underserved and diverse populations. This tradition has been preserved and passed on by a faculty which is dedicated to the medical needs of North Philadelphia and surrounding communities.

LKSOM is dedicated to enrolling students who exemplify academic excellence, and embody the passion, commitment and integrity to meet the highest standards in patient care and medical scholarship. Temple students represent the diversity of society; they are recent college graduates and those changing careers, and they come from a wide variety of cultural, socioeconomic, and geographic backgrounds. They also have demonstrated capacity for volunteerism, altruism, and a genuine desire to help those in need. An LKSOM education 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 life-long learning skills, and professional attributes essential to the practice of medicine. The program is marked by an extensive "hands-on" experience in caring for patients. Thus, graduates are exceptionally well prepared to pursue further training. Additionally, students have opportunities to engage in service learning, basic and clinical research and discover if their aptitudes and interests lie in these areas.

The medical school competencies are based on recommendations of the Accreditation Council on Graduate Medical Education (ACGME), which formally established the use of educational outcomes as a tool for accrediting residency training programs, The Physician Competency Reference Set and the Core Entrustable Professional Activities for Entering Residency. LKSOM has chosen to use the following defined areas of competency: medical knowledge, patient care, interpersonal and communication skills, professionalism, practice-based learning and improvement, systems-based practice, and interprofessional collaboration The learning objectives for medical students are listed below under the appropriate type of competency.


To view the medical school competencies in full detail, download this PDF.

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