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Medical Knowledge

Students apply evidence-based principles of biomedical, clinical, epidemiological and social-behavioral sciences to guide diagnosis, treatment and patient care decisions. Graduates will acquire the following competencies related to medical knowledge.

Medical Knowledge 1

Apply knowledge of normal human structure, function and development, from the molecular through whole body levels, to distinguish health from disease and explain how physiologic mechanisms are integrated and regulated in the body.

Medical Knowledge 2

Explain the causes (behavioral, degenerative, developmental, environmental, genetic, immunologic, inflammatory, metabolic, microbiologic, neoplastic, toxic and traumatic) of diseases, injuries and functional deficits affecting organ systems.

Medical Knowledge 3

Describe the altered structure and function resulting from diseases, injuries and functional deficits affecting organ systems, with an ability to interpret the clinical, histopathologic, laboratory and radiographic manifestations commonly seen in practice.

Medical Knowledge 4

Provide justifications for interventions to diagnose, prevent, treat and manage a specific patient’s diseases, injuries and functional deficits of organ systems.

Medical Knowledge 5

Explain the role of the scientific method in establishing the cause of disease and use principles of evidence-based medicine, including biostatistics, to evaluate the efficacy of diagnostic and therapeutic options.

Medical Knowledge 6

Describe the epidemiology of common diseases affecting populations, including methods for prevention and early detection of disease and systematic, population-based approaches for reducing the incidence and prevalence of disease.

Medical Knowledge 7

Explain the impact of the variables of psychosocial, socioeconomic, environmental, lifestyle and lifecycle stage on a patient’s health, disease, care-seeking and care-compliance, barriers to care, and attitudes toward care.