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Medical Student Education

Graduation Competencies

The University of Cincinnati College of Medicine strives to graduate physicians with the knowledge, skills and professional behaviors necessary to advance to the next stage of their professional careers and to excel in their chosen areas of medicine.

Graduates of the UC College of Medicine will be expected to demonstrate the knowledge, skills and behaviors required to be an effective provider of quality clinical care.

The desired traits can be categorized into six core competencies as is done in graduate and continuing medical education.

UC College of Medicine Graduation Competencies (PDF)

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