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MD Program

The Robert Wood Johnson Medical School MD program is the gateway to pursue your dreams to heal, innovate, and make the world a healthier place.

Competencies and Objectives

We provide a breadth and depth of learning experiences while helping students attain a mastery level in all of our schoolwide competencies.

1. Patient Care

Students must be prepared to provide patient care that is compassionate, appropriate, and effective.

2. Medical Knowledge

Students must demonstrate knowledge about established and evolving basic and clinical biomedical sciences, including epidemiological and social/behavioral sciences, and their application of this knowledge to patient care.

3. Practice-Based Learning and Improvement

Students must be able to engage in self-evaluation regarding their academic and clinical performance, develop plans for personal improvement, and recognize how the application of new learning can be used to improve patient care.

4. Interpersonal Communication and Skills

Students must be able to demonstrate both verbal and written communication skills that result in effective information exchange with patients, patients' families, peers, and other health professions colleagues.

5. Professionalism

Students must demonstrate a commitment to carrying out professional responsibilities, adherence to ethical principles, and sensitivity to a diverse patient population.

6. Systems-Based Practice

Students must be able to function effectively in teams and within a larger organizational structure. They must demonstrate an awareness of the larger context and system of health care and of the resources available within the system to provide optimal care to individual patients and groups. Finally, students must demonstrate an awareness of current barriers to health care and of the various strategies designed to assist patients in gaining access to care.