Medical Knowledge

Goal - Students will build upon the foundation of knowledge (MK2b) of the pathophysiology, diagnosis, evaluation, and treatment of diseases and presentations of adult patients in the ambulatory and inpatient settings. Medical students will demonstrate the basics of clinical judgment in the evaluation of patients with Internal-Medicine related presenting problems in the Vanderbilt Core Clinical Curriculum (VC3). 

Patient Care

Goal - Students will gain skill in history, physical exam, and clinical reasoning, including the process of developing a differential diagnosis, diagnostic, and treatment plan. (PC1, PC2b, PC2c, PC7a, PC7b) “Physicians must consistently provide care that is compassionate, culturally competent, safe, efficient, cost-sensitive, appropriate, and effective for the treatment of illness and the promotion of health.” 

Specific patient-care skills/ competencies that will be gained:  

  • Performing a problem-focused or complete history and physical examination as indicated, and to obtain necessary diagnostic studies, including imaging, laboratory, and procedural tests. (PC1). 
  • Formulating a prioritized differential diagnosis based on the key findings from the problem-focused history and physical examination of hospital and clinic patients.  (PC2b) 
  • Selecting and interpreting results of diagnostic studies with a further modification of the prioritized differential and plan when reflecting upon the results (imaging, laboratory, and procedural tests). (PC2c) 
  • Communicating a logical and efficient treatment strategy, understanding risks, benefits, and alternatives (clinical judgment) (PC7b) 

Interpersonal and Communication Skills

GoalDevelop effective interpersonal and communication skills with patients, families, and other health care providers. 

  • With patients: demonstrate listening skills, respond to the patient's emotional needs and point of view, identify hidden agendas, and provide clear explanations. 
  • With colleagues: demonstrate accurate and organized written and oral presentations of new admissions and follow-up patients. 

Practice-Based Learning

Goal - Students will critically assess information in the care of patients and develop strategies to enable lifelong learning and address patient safety issues.  Students will demonstrate receptivity to feedback and ongoing growth as a clinician.

Systems-Based Practice

GoalStudents will demonstrate the elements of effective team building and utilize appropriate techniques to create, participate, and lead effective teams. Students will demonstrate 

  • Seek opportunities to contribute to the team 
  • Reliably follow through on assigned tasks 
  • Effectively collaborate with the team to optimize outcomes 


Goal - Develop and demonstrate professional attributes; recognize and act within the limitations of your knowledge and skills and practice in a scholarly manner to foster lifelong learning 

  • Treat all patients, staff, and colleagues with respect.  
  • Demonstrate a good work ethic, which includes taking the initiative and being curious. 
  • Reflects on areas of weakness, actively seeks out feedback, and uses the information to modify behaviors. 
  • Demonstrate honesty and integrity in all professional activities.