Academic Superiority

Training Physicians in Six Competencies

Did you ever wonder what makes an effective and successful doctor or health care professional? National University of Health Sciences expects its students in the College of Professional Studies to meet a minimum
performance standard in the following "Six Competencies."

These Six Competencies are:

1. Medical Knowledge

  • employing evidence-informed practices
  • demonstrating good clinical care
  • developing medical expertise

2. Interpersonal and Communication Skills

  • developing and assessing communication skills 
  • developing the ability to work in health care teams

3. Patient Care

  • fostering the ability to deliver patient-centered care
  • developing the ability to teach, train, appraise and assess
  • developing collaborator skills

4. Professionalism

  • developing and assessing appropriate ethical relationships with patients, peers and subordinates
  • developing and assessing the ability to present a professional manner, both in appearance and actions

5. Practice-Based Learning and Improvement

  • developing the ability to apply quality improvement methods both through self and peer assessment

6. Systems-Based Practice

  • developing the ability to utilize informatics
  • developing the ability to understand roles in current health care models (medical home, multi-disciplinary practice, hospital based practice)