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Technical Standards for Admission

The curriculum of the SOM has been designed to provide a general professional education leading to the medical doctor (M.D.) degree and to prepare undifferentiated students to enter graduate medical training in a wide variety of medical specialties and subspecialty. All candidates for admission to, and all current students at the SOM – herein after designated as students for the M.D. degree - should possess sufficient intellectual capacity, physical ability, emotional and psychological stability, interpersonal sensitivity, and communication skills to acquire the scientific knowledge, interpersonal and technical competencies, professional attitudes, and clinical abilities required to pursue any pathway of graduate medical education and to enter the independent practice of medicine. All candidates should be aware that the academic and clinical responsibilities of medical students may, at times, require their presence during day, evening and nighttime hours, seven days per week. Candidates should be able to tolerate physically taxing workloads and to function effectively under stress. Therefore, achievement of specific technical standards in six core domains (general functions, communication, cognitive ability, observation, motor, behavioral/social attributes) are necessary for admission, progression and graduation from any clinical program in the SOM.

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