The Medical pathway is designed to extend the medical knowledge base of students choosing one of many medical specialties with a specific emphasis on internship readiness.

A student should choose the Medical Pathway if he/she has interest in:

  • care for patients in inpatient and/or outpatient settings, with ability to provide management for both acute and chronic disease processes.
  • developing long-term relationships with patients and their families in the ambulatory setting, coordinating care and transitions of care between specialty services and functioning as the first contact person for patients and families.
  • dealing with patients in an acute manner.
  • may have interest including (but not limited to) the following specialties: Dermatology, Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, Internal Medicine-Pediatrics, Neurology and Pediatrics.
  • may have interests including (but not limited to) the following specialties: Physical Medicine and Rehabiliation, Preventive Medicine, or Psychiatry.  (These specialties fall under both the Medical Pathway and Hospital-Based Pathway.)

Students interested in spending significant time in the operating room, but also wanting to learn about the medical specialties related to their intended surgical specialty, should choose the Surgical Pathway and use elective time to expand their knowledge in their chosen field.


Competency Based Objectives

Patient Care

  1. Obtain and present an accurate patient database.
  2. Demonstrate the ability to make evidence–based decisions about age–appropriate health promotion, disease prevention, diagnostic and therapeutic interventions.
  3. Show the ability to create and follow a plan of care for a patient.
  4. Know how to identify critical illness.

Medical Knowledge

  1. Demonstrate analytic thinking about a specific patient and their problems.
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of the pathophysiologic etiologies of a broad spectrum of disease states.
  3. Demonstrate an understanding of a variety of chronic disease states.
  4. Describe the consequences and treatment of substance abuse.
  5. Demonstrate the ability to recognize and intervene on human abuse and neglect.

Practice–Based Learning

  1. Demonstrate a commitment to improving healthcare outcomes.
  2. Employ recursive strategies of lifelong learning.
  3. Recognize areas for improvement and create strategies for doing so.
  4. Accept and give feedback that is constructive.

Interpersonal and Communication Skills

  1.   Create and sustain therapeutic relationships with patients and their families.
  2. Demonstrate the ability to educate patients at a level of understanding that is individualized.
  3. Communicate effectively as part of an interdisciplinary team.
  4. Demonstrate the ability to educate other members of an interdisciplinary team.


  1. Demonstrate a commitment to professional virtues.
  2. Show an understanding of and adherence to ethical principles.
  3. Display sensitivity to contextual issues related to individual patients.
  4. Demonstrate the ability to complete accurate and timely medical records documentation.

System Based Practice

  1. Demonstrate an awareness of the interaction of the health care system with individual patients.
  2. Work effectively as part of an interdisciplinary team.
  3. Demonstrate the ability to transition care to other healthcare givers and health delivery systems.