SJBSM General Competencies

The medical education curriculum at San Juan Bautista School of Medicine (SJBSM) is designed to prepare students with the essential knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary to provide effective, compassionate health care within a rapidly evolving health care environment. SJBSM requires students to achieve proficiency in eight competency domains: Patient Care, Knowledge for Practice, Problem Base Learning and Improvement, Interpersonal and Communication Skills, Professionalism, System Based Practice, Interprofessional Collaboration, and Personal and Professional Development. These competency domains were identifies by the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) Physician Competency Reference Set (PCRS)to define the desired outcomes across the continuum of education, training, and practice of physicians and other health professionals. Thus, SJBSM requires students to achieve the following general competencies prior to graduation:

Eight Domain Competencies

Patient Care

Students must demonstrate willingness and ability to provide health care to patients that is compassionate, appropriate, and effective for treating health problems and promoting health.

Knowledge for Practice

Students must demonstrate the application of knowledge about established and evolving biomedical, clinical, epidemiological and social-behavioral sciences to the delivery of quality and safe patient care.

Problem Base Learning and Improvement

Students must be able to investigate and evaluate patient care practices, appraise and assimilate scientific evidence, and continually improve their practice of medicine.

Interpersonal and Communication Skills

Students must demonstrate interpersonal and communication skills that result in effective information exchange and teaming with patients, patients’ families, and professional associates.


Students must demonstrate a commitment to developing a scientific mind, real world comprehensive knowledge, skills and knowledge for optimal patient care and professional behavior.

System Based Practice

Students must demonstrate an awareness of and responsiveness to the larger context and systems of health care and the ability to call on system resources to provide care that is of optimal value.

Interprofessional Collaboration

Students must demonstrate the ability to engage in an inter-professional team in a manner that optimizes safe, effective patient and population-centered care.

Personal and Professional Development

Students must demonstrate the qualities required to sustain lifelong personal and professional growth.

For each competency, a set of objectives defines the expected progress throughout medical school and upon graduation. The SJBSM educational program objectives encompass the knowledge, skills, behaviours, and attitudes students are expected to exhibit as evidence of their achieving competencies necessary for graduation and receipt of the Doctor of Medicine (MD) degree. In addition to guiding student learning, the SJBSM competencies and objectives will also guide curriculum design, innovation and ongoing faculty development. The following table links the SJBSM educational program objectives to general competences expected of SJBSM graduates and identifies the outcome measures that indicate achievement of each listed objective.