MD Education Program

Transitions One (3 credits; 2 weeks)

In Transitions One, medical students begin to develop an appreciation of their role as health care professionals by acquiring knowledge, skills and attitudes that will shape their medical education and self-understanding as they undertake patient care as a novice member of a healthcare team.

Course Objectives

The following course objectives align with the IU School of Medicine MD Curriculum Competencies and Institutional Learning Objectives. This alignment enables faculty and students to understand how current student learning prepares them for the next stage in training and for their ongoing practice and maintenance of certification.

Examine personal values and biases as well as professional goals and responsibilities.

Explore and apply ethical and legal principles that guide the practice of medicine.

Explain how both individual and systemic barriers contribute to disparities in healthcare delivery.

Explain the importance of and describe physician responsibility for patient safety.

Demonstrate effective communication and collaboration skills in a team environment.


Describe strength and credibility of medical information sources.

Apply principles of evidence-based medicine and biostatistics to form answerable clinical questions, analyze study design, interpret study findings, and evaluate diagnostic and therapeutic options.

Describe the procedure for appropriately measuring vital signs, calculating BMI, and interpreting results.