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Medical Student Education

Graduation Competencies

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

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.