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The core curriculum of the UTHSC programs is based on the 6 ACGME Core Competencies:

  • Patient Care:  Residents must be able to provide patient care that is compassionate, appropriate, and effective for the treatment of health problems and the promotion of health.
  • Medical Knowledge: Residents must demonstrate knowledge of established and evolving biomedical, clinical, epidemiological, and social-behavioral sciences, as well as the application of this knowledge to patient care.
  • Practice-Based Learning and Improvement: Residents must demonstrate the ability to investigate and evaluate their care of patients, to appraise and assimilate scientific evidence, and to continuously improve patient care based on constant self-evaluation and life-long learning.
  • Interpersonal and Communication Skills: Residents must demonstrate interpersonal and communication skills that result in the effective exchange of information and collaboration with patients, their families, and health professionals.
  • Professionalism: Residents must demonstrate a commitment to carrying out professional responsibilities and an adherence to ethical principles.
  • Systems-Based Practice: Residents must demonstrate an awareness of and responsiveness to the larger context and system of health care, as well as the ability to call effectively on other resources in the system to provide optimal health care.

The training program is 4 years or 48 months. Residents will work one on one with each of our academic attendings in block site-specific rotations. In this way, they will be exposed to all clinical sites throughout the year.

The resident can take any elective they see fit to augment their training during one of 3 elective blocks. Elective rotations are approved by the program director no less than 3 months in advance. Clinical research can be completed in this time, but sufficient time must be dedicated to understanding bench research as it relates to clinical care.

Jul 7, 2023