Educational Objectives

WrightCurriculum — Six Interrelated Educational Objectives



The WrightCurriculum Educational Objectives Chart shown below also may be viewed or downloaded as a PDF:

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1. Foundational Knowledge — Medical Knowledge

1.1 Master fundamental biomedical concepts, terms, processes, and system interactions
1.2 Describe the determinants of health
1.3 Utilize evidence in making clinical decisions

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2. Application — Patient Care (Clinical Skills)

2.1. Conduct patient interviews and physical examinations
2.2. Diagnose patient health problems
2.3. Propose evidence-based health maintenance and therapeutic options

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3. Integration — Systems-Based Practice

3.1. Connect knowledge of patient populations and health delivery processes in making diagnoses and therapeutic recommendations
3.2. Advocate for the humane, just, safe and prudent care of persons
3.3. Adapt to the complex economic and social structure of health care delivery

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4. Human Dimension — Personal and Interpersonal Development

A. Learning about and working with ONESELF — Personal Growth and Professional Development

4.1 Reflect upon one’s personal strengths and weaknesses to make positive changes in one’s behavior
4.2 Find one’s own meaning in medicine
4.3 Take care of oneself

B. Learning how to interact with OTHERS — Interpersonal Skills and Communication

4.4 Deliver effective patient presentations and document accurately in the medical record
4.5 Communicate and work effectively with others
4.6 Demonstrate leadership skills in a variety of settings

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5. Caring/Valuing — Professionalism

5.1 Care deeply about becoming an excellent physician through a life of service
5.2 Care about and support others in the profession
5.3 Value and behave in a manner consistent with the highest ethical standards of the profession

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6. Learning How to Learn — Practice-Based Learning

6.1. Develop a personal plan to become a better medical professional
6.2. Stimulate intellectual curiosity to question and advance knowledge through scholarship
6.3. Appropriately utilize evidence-based resources to address uncertainty in medicine and gaps in knowledge/skills

Legacy Curriculum Educational Objectives

Knowledge and Lifelong Learning
  • The graduate will demonstrate knowledge of the basic medical sciences; clinical skills; and the ability to acquire, manage, and use current information for clinical decision-making and problem-solving in the care of individual patients, family members, populations, and systems of care delivery.
  • The graduate will demonstrate knowledge of the ethical, social, economic, and cultural influences upon the health of and health care delivery to patients and patient populations, and will be able to propose realistic approaches to improving the health of an individual patient and for a patient population.
  • The graduate will be able to identify the diverse factors that influence the health of the individual and the community; identify the socio-cultural, familial, psychological, economic, environmental, legal, political, and spiritual factors impacting health care and health care delivery; and be able to respond to these factors by planning and advocating the appropriate course of action at both the individual and the community level.
Interpersonal and Communication
  • The graduate will demonstrate the ability to establish a professional relationship with a patient, build a comprehensive medical and social/personal history, conduct either a focused or comprehensive physical examination as indicated, construct a differential diagnosis, and recommend a course of treatment consistent with current standards of care.
  • The graduate will demonstrate the ability to communicate (written and oral) clearly, professionally, and effectively with patients, their family members, health care team members, and peers.
  • The graduate will demonstrate the capacity to listen to and respond appropriately to constructive feedback from peers and teachers, as well as give constructive feedback and evaluation to peers and faculty as requested.
Professionalism, Advocacy, and Personal Growth
  • The graduate will be able to identify personal strengths and weaknesses in the care of patients and working with colleagues and allied health professionals, and, if indicated, demonstrate the ability to make changes in behavior that facilitate collaborative relationships.
  • The graduate will demonstrate through the period of undergraduate medical education a pattern of responsible behaviors consistent with the highest ethical standards of the profession: honesty, confidentiality, reliability, dependability, civility, and punctuality.
  • The graduate will demonstrate a commitment to leadership and the advancement of new knowledge.


Last edited on 06/13/2017.