ECU PA Competencies

Medical knowledge (K)

  1. Graduates will demonstrate knowledge of established and evolving medical science to include instruction in basic sciences and clinical medicine covering all organ systems.
  2. Graduates will apply evidence based medical knowledge to provide patient-centered care that is compassionate and appropriate for the treatment of health and behavioral problems and the promotion of health.

Clinical Reasoning and Problem Solving (CR/PS)

  1. Graduates will be able to develop a plan to manage acute and chronic conditions considering the resources available and values as well as ethics of the patient including cultural sensitivity, disability status, and social determinants of health.

Clinical and Technical Skills (CTS)

  1. Graduates should be able to perform clinical and technical skills to provide adequate patient care across the lifespan, including prenatal, infant, children, adolescents, adults, and the elderly.
    • Elicit an appropriate medical history and perform the associated physical examination
    • Formulate and prioritize a differential diagnosis based on the clinical presentation
    • Accurately select and interpret common diagnostic studies based on the clinical presentation
    • Generate a reasonable plan of patient management
    • Educate patients and families regarding options and care
    • Perform basic procedure skills for the practice of primary care

Interpersonal skills (IPS)

  1. Graduates will recognize the larger system of health care and demonstrate utilization of resources to provide optimal health by applying communication skills that result in effective collaboration with colleagues, patients, and families.
  2. Graduates will demonstrate cultural sensitivity and consider the individual needs of patients when making treatment decisions.

Professional behaviors (P)

  1. Graduates will demonstrate knowledge of the health system science, to include the business of healthcare, patient safety, quality improvement, and risk management.
  2. Graduates will demonstrate the ability to evaluate care provided to patients using principles of integrity, ethical decision making, incorporation of scientific evidence, and improve patient care through habits of self-directed reflection, evaluation, and life-long learning. (Evidence-based medicine, health system science)
  3. Graduates will demonstrate professional conduct, self-awareness, and resilience