Welcome to the Office of Medical Education

Office of Medical Education

Seventeen Objectives of the Georgetown University School of Medicine

Revised and Approved by Georgetown University School of Medicine Committee on Medical Education (COME) September 2009


1) a knowledge of biomedical science and the ability to acquire, manage, integrate, and apply this knowledge to the care of patients
2) the ability to evaluate critically new knowledge and to determine its relevance to the clinical problems
and challenges presented by the individual patient
3) an understanding of the psychological, socioeconomic, cultural, and spiritual dimensions of human health and illness
4) an understanding of current and proposed strategies for the organization, financing and delivery of health care
5) an understanding and knowledge of oneself, including the scope and limits of one’s knowledge, skills, and values


6) the ability to take a comprehensive history and to perform a comprehensive physical examination
7) the ability to perform basic clinical procedures
8) the ability to solve and reason through clinical problems, from developing a differential diagnosis to formulating an appropriate plan of care
9) the ability to interpret, assess, integrate, and apply data and information from diagnostic tests in the process of clinical problem solving, reasoning, and decision making
10) the ability to implement and manage the plan of care in an appropriate and professional fashion with sensitivity to patient diversity, community health influences, and values
11) the ability to communicate and collaborate effectively with patients and colleagues
12) the ability to learn independently with a critical awareness of the scope and limits of one’s knowledge, skills, and values


13) an understanding of the ethical dimensions of the physician-patient relationship and of the ethical dilemmas encountered in health care, at the bedside as well as in the formulation of health care policy
14) an understanding of the obligations to patients, the profession, and society -- inherent in the practice of medicine
15) the clinical virtues of fidelity to trust, respect for others, excellence, duty, honor and integrity, humility and accountability, and compassion
16) altruism through a commitment to service, especially service to the vulnerable and disenfranchised population
17) an awareness of the importance of maintaining one’s own well-being and of balancing the demands of professional and personal life


Contact Us

Office of Medical Education
Med-Dent Building, NE 113