Every medical student must complete all aspects of the SJSM curriculum, and achieve all of the competencies as determined by the faculty in a reasonably independent manner and must demonstrate an ability to personally perform activities and achieve the competencies required by the curriculum. Our graduates must have the ability to function effectively in a variety of clinical situations and provide a wide spectrum of clinical care.

The essential abilities for completion of the program curriculum define the essential abilities needed to participate and progress satisfactorily in our MD program curriculum, and to meet the graduation requirements:

a) Sensory/Physical ability
b) Cognitive ability
c) Emotional ability
d) Interpersonal ability
e) Behavioral /Social ability

Physical/Sensory abilities:

  • Observation: The candidate must be able to observe demonstrations and experiments in the basic sciences, including but not limited to anatomic, physiologic and pharmacological demonstrations, microbiologic cultures, and microscopic studies of microorganisms and tissues in normal and pathologic states. A candidate must be able to observe a patient accurately at a distance and close at hand. Observation necessitates the functional use of the sense of vision, hearing and somatic sensation.
  • Motor abilities: Candidates must have sufficient motor function to elicit information from patients by palpation, auscultation, percussion, and other diagnostic maneuvers hat comprises a complete physical examination.A candidate must be able to perform the basic and advanced clinical procedures that are requirements of the SJSM curriculum.
    A candidate must be able to execute motor movements reasonably required to provide general care and emergency treatment to patients. Examples of emergency treatment reasonably required of physicians are cardiopulmonary resuscitation, the administration of intravenous medication, the application of pressure to stop bleeding, the opening of obstructed airways, the suturing of simple wounds, and the performance of simple obstetrical maneuvers. Such actions require coordination of both gross and fine muscular movements, equilibrium, and functional use of the senses of touch,vision, and hearing
  • Communication: A candidate must be able to speak, to hear, and to observe patients in order to elicit information, describe changes in mood, activity, and posture, and perceive nonverbal communications. A candidate must be able to communicate effectively and sensitively with patients. Communication includes not only speech but reading and writing. The candidate must be able to communicate effectively and efficiently in oral and written form with all members of the health care team.

Cognitive abilities

Problem solving, the critical skill demanded of physicians, requires measurement, calculation, reasoning, analysis, and synthesis as intellectual abilities. The prospective student must be able to comprehend and learn:

  • Conceptual, Integrative and Quantitative Abilities: These abilities include measurement, calculation, reasoning, analysis, and synthesis. Problem solving, the critical skill demanded of physicians, requires that a candidate be able to learn, retrieve, analyze, sequence, organize, synthesize and integrate information efficiently, and reason effectively. In addition, the candidate should be able to measure and calculate accurately, and to understand the spatial relationships of structures.
  • Identify significant findings from history, physical examination and laboratory data of a patient.
  • Synthesize a reasoned explanation of probable diagnoses
  • Incorporate new information from peers, teachers and the medical and scientific literature.
  • Demonstrate sound judgment in patient assessment, diagnosis, and therapeutic planning.

Behavioral, Social, Emotional and Interpersonal Abilities

A candidate must possess the:

  • Emotional health required for full utilization of his intellectual abilities
  • Exercise of good judgment
  • Prompt completion of all responsibilities attendant to the diagnosis and care of patients.
  • Development of mature, sensitive, and effective relationships with patients.
  • Work effectively, respectfully and professionally as part of the health care team.
  • Interact with patients, their families and healthcare personnel in a courteous, professional and respectful manner.
  • Adapt to changing environments
  • Display flexibility
  • Learn to function in the face of uncertainties inherent in the clinical problems of many patients.
  • Compassion, integrity, concern for others.
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Interest and motivation
  • Emotional health required for full utilization of his/her intellectual abilities;
  • Exercise of sound judgment
  • Prompt completion of all responsibilities attendant to the diagnosis and care of patients

An applicant/student must be able to perform each of these abilities as prerequisites for admission to the MD program, continuation, advancement and graduation of the Program.

SJSM has determined the essential abilities that must be met by all medical students and the process for providing reasonable accommodations for persons with qualified disabilities. The Admissions Committee considers any applicant who meets the academic and other applicable requirements and also demonstrates these essential abilities with or without reasonable accommodations.

It is the responsibility of the medical student for expenses resulting from diagnosis and treatment of disabilities, including expenses for optional resources selected by the medical student.

If, despite reasonable accommodation, an applicant’s/students existing or acquired disability, fundamentally alters the nature or integrity of a course, clerkship, or lowers academic standards, poses a direct threat to the health or safety of the student and/or patients, poses an undue financial or administrative burden, or requires the use of an intermediary; or otherwise impedes the ability to complete the program and advance to graduation, residency, training, or licensure, the candidate may be denied admission or may be dismissed from the program.

For the Policy and Procedures for Student Disability Accommodation Requests, please find it here.

Approved: Curriculum Committee

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