Competencies and Medical Education Programmatic Objectives

Policy 130.00

Policy Statement


Graduates of the Robert Larner, M.D. College of Medicine at The University of Vermont medical education program will be proficient in the following competencies:

1. Competency: Patient Care

         1a. Demonstrate skills in core activities required for patient care including establishing rapport, collecting a patient history, and performing a physical examination.
         1b. Interpret clinical findings, make appropriate use of tests and procedures, formulate assessments, and develop effective plans to diagnose, treat, and prevent health problems and promote patient health.
         1c. Demonstrate compassion, courtesy, and respect for the social and cultural perspective of the patient.

2. Competency: Medical Knowledge

        2a. Demonstrate knowledge of established and evolving biomedical, clinical, epidemiological, and social-behavioral sciences related to the practice of medicine.
        2b. Apply scientific knowledge to explain determinants of health, mechanisms and consequences of diseases, and principles underlying methods of diagnosis, treatment, prevention, and health promotion, at individual and population levels in current and evolving health care settings.
        2c. Interpret and analyze information to develop appropriate diagnostic assessments and plans for treatment, disease prevention, and promotion of health.
        2d. Locate, evaluate, and synthesize information required for patient care from the medical literature using appropriate resources and technology.
        2e. Demonstrate behaviors of continuous self-directed learning skills, including self-assessment and reflection, identification of knowledge gaps, and recognition of lifelong learning.

3. Competency: Practice-Based Learning and Improvement

        3a. Apply principles of evidence-based medicine to inform patient care in current and evolving health care settings, including for diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of health problems and for promotion of health.
        3b. Teach and perform research to contribute to the education of other health professionals.
        3c. Demonstrate practices of self-assessment and continuous improvement, based on reflection and feedback, of the knowledge skills, and attitudes required for patient care in current and evolving health care settings.

4. Competency: Interpersonal and Communication Skills

        4a. Communicate and collaborate effectively with patients, families, and health professionals to provide compassionate, appropriate, and effective patient care.
        4b. Communicate appropriately and effectively with patients, families, and the public across a broad range of socioeconomic and cultural backgrounds.

5. Competency: Professionalism

        5a. Behave in accordance with professional and ethical principles, including but not limited to altruism, compassion and empathy, accountability and responsibility, excellence and scholarship, duty and service, social responsibility, honor and integrity, respect, and cultural humility.

6. Competency: Systems-Based Practice

        6a. Demonstrate understanding of the essentials for collaborative teamwork including interprofessional team dynamics, communication skills, and conflict resolution within the context of a well-functioning team.
        6b. Demonstrate awareness of and responsiveness to the larger context of systems of health care through effective use of system resources, coordination of care, and practices that enhance quality and safety.
        6c. Participate in the care of patients as an integrated member of an effective health care team.

The Robert Larner, M.D. College of Medicine at The University of Vermont requires successful completion of three levels of study before the Doctor of Medicine degree is awarded. The curriculum is continually updated based on innovation and evaluation by students and faculty members; however, the basic concept of developing outstanding practitioners remains constant. The rules and guidelines set forth in the Medical Student Handbook have been formulated to ensure that students are able to meet these competencies and related objectives to assure the public and the medical profession that graduates can fulfill their duties as physicians.

All Medical Students

Related Larner College of Medicine Policies

Related University of Vermont Policies

Not Applicable

Related Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) Standard(s)

6.0 Competencies, Curricular Objectives, and Curricular Design


  • 12/18/2012 Policy Adopted/Affirmed [Medical Curriculum Committee]
  • 3/17/2020 Reformatted [Medical Curriculum Committee]
  • 5/19/2020 Title Changed [Medical Curriculum Committee]
  • 8/6/2020 Policy Revised [Medical Curriculum Committee]
  • 3/24/2021 Title Changed [Medical Curriculum Committee]

Policy Oversight

Senior Associate Dean for Medical Education

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