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Office of Medical Education

Program Competencies

The University of Cincinnati College of Medicine curriculum emphasizes vertical and horizontal integration across all years by bringing patient care and clinical experience into the pre-clerkship years. We revisit important aspects of the foundational sciences in the formal clinical training of the clerkship and fourth years. This curricular structure provides our students with an an educational experience that will prepare them to succeed in a variety of career choices—physician, educator, researcher or agent of change in their communities of practice. The desired traits can be categorized into eight core competencies that align with the standards set by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). We have further aligned our program competencies with the AAMC Entrustable Professional Activities (EPAs) and the associated Physician Competency Reference Set (PCRS). We designed a competency based assessment strategy that provides students formative feedback on their progression toward mastering the graduation competencies and Entrustment.

Patient Care

Provide patient-centered care that is compassionate, appropriate, and effective for the treatment of health problems and the promotion of health.

Knowledge for Practice

Demonstrate knowledge of established and evolving biomedical, clinical, epidemiological and social-behavioral sciences, as well as the application of this knowledge to patient care.

Practice-Based Learning and Improvement

Demonstrate the ability to investigate and evaluate one’s care of patients, to appraise and assimilate scientific evidence, and to continuously improve patient care based on constant self-evaluation and life-long learning.

Interpersonal and Communication Skills

Demonstrate interpersonal and communication skills that result in the effective exchange of information and collaboration with patients, their families, and health professionals.


Demonstrate a commitment to carrying out professional responsibilities and an adherence to ethical principles.

Systems-Based Practice

Demonstrate an awareness of and responsiveness to the larger context and system of health care, as well as the ability to call effectively on other resources in the system to provide optimal health care.

Interprofessional Collaboration

Demonstrate the ability to engage in an interprofessional team in a manner that optimizes safe, effective patient- and population-centered care.

Personal and Professional Development

Demonstrate the qualities required to sustain lifelong personal and professional growth