Rush Medical College: Objectives

General Competency

Institutional Learning Objective


Student must demonstrate mastery of the biologic, clinical, epidemiological, and social-behavioral sciences as they relate to the practice of medicine.

1. Demonstrate knowledge of key concepts of sciences basic to medicine

2. Application of basic science knowledge to prevention, diagnosis and treatment of disease

3. Demonstrate proficiency in the principles and practice of epidemiology and biostatistics as they relate to patient care

4. Demonstrate awareness of cultural and socioeconomic factors as they relate to disease distribution in populations and to management of individual patients

5. Demonstrate awareness of the legal and ethical issues and controversies associated with the practice of medicine

Patient Care Skills:  

The student must demonstrate the ability to provide clinically relevant patient care.

1. Demonstrate ability to perform an accurate and complete history and physical examination of patients of all ages

2. Demonstrate ability to record the history and physical examination data in an organized, accurate and legible manner

3. Demonstrate ability to present clinical information verbally in an organized, accurate and succinct manner

4. Demonstrate ability to a) identify a clinical problem, b) assess the problem, c) select diagnostic studies in an efficient and cost-effective manner, and d) develop an initial management plan and sound diagnostic hypothesis.

5. Offer appropriate screening options based on individual patient risk profile and provide continuing care

6. Demonstrate ability to perform basic common clinical procedures, with understanding of indications, risks and benefits, and alternatives

7. Demonstrate ability to analyze research literature and utilize electronic resources

8. Demonstrate ability to communicate with and educate a diverse patient population

9. Provide comfort and support for patients and their families


The student must demonstrate a commitment to professional behavior.

1. Display respect for all patients, regardless of race, color, sex, gender, sexual orientation, creed, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, marital status, parental status, or veteran status

2. Interact with other members of the health care team cooperatively and professionally, with integrity and honesty, facilitating patient care

The student must exhibit a pattern of self-directed and continuous learning.

3. Demonstrate independent acquisition of basic science knowledge of prevention, diagnosis and treatment of disease

4. Demonstrate independent acquisition of clinical knowledge and strategies of prevention, diagnosis and treatment of patients