Graduating students of AZCPM will achieve the following competencies:
I. MEDICAL KNOWLEDGE
- Apply current and emerging knowledge of human structure, function, development, pathology, pathophysiology, and psychosocial development, and of pharmacology and microbiology to the foundation of podiatric clinical training, residency and practice.
- Describe normal development, structure and function of the body with emphasis on the lower extremities.
- Explain the genetic, molecular, biochemical and cellular mechanisms important to maintaining the body’s homeostasis.
- Relate the altered development, structure and function of the body and its major organ systems to diseases and pathological conditions.
- Apply knowledge from pre-clinical and clinical sciences in simulated and clinical settings to patient care.
- Use current and emerging knowledge of health and disease to identify and solve problems in patient care.
II. PATIENT CARE
- Provide effective, appropriate and compassionate patient-centered care that promotes overall health to diverse populations.
- Apply medical knowledge to distinguish between wellness and disease.
- Perform and interpret appropriate, accurate, and problem-focused history and physical examinations.
- Perform lower extremity exams required for the diagnosis and management of disorders and conditions.
- Formulate a prioritized differential diagnosis based on examination and clinical assessments.
- Perform and/or Interpret appropriate diagnostic studies, and tests required for management and treatment.
- Participate actively in the performance of treatment techniques using medical and surgical means.
- Recommend appropriate referrals of patients ensuring continuity of care through transitions between providers or settings and determining patient progress.
- Recognize evidence of mental or physical impairment of oneself or other in order to protect patients from harm.
- Develop and implement patient specific management plans and prevention strategies.
- Demonstrate awareness of issues related to culture, religion, age, gender, sexual orientation, and mental and physical disabilities.
- Engage patients and their families in shared decision-making through counseling and education.
- Use information technology to access online medical information, manage information and assimilate evidence from scientific studies to patient care.
III. RESEARCH AND SCHOLARSHIP
- Apply concepts of research to further one’s understanding of contemporary podiatric medicine and its application to appropriate care for patients.
- Identify responsible practices and ethical behaviors used in research.
- Demonstrate the acquisition and interpretation of medical and scientific literature.
- Apply knowledge of the principles of research methodology and its relevance for clinical decision making.
- Investigate opportunities that enhance life-long learning and contribute to the body of knowledge in podiatric research and scholarship.
IV. INTERPERSONAL AND INTERPROFESSIONAL COMMUNICATIONS
- Demonstrate communication and interpersonal skills that result in relevant information exchanges and decision-making with patients, their families, and members of the healthcare team.
- Effectively communicate by utilizing oral, digital and written communication formats.
- Communicate effectively (including non-verbal cues) with patients, families, and other healthcare professionals, especially when special barriers to communication exist.
- Interact appropriately with peers, faculty, staff, and healthcare professionals in academic, research and healthcare settings.
- Exhibit behavior that demonstrates the capacity to establish a doctor/patient relationship.
- Exhibit the highest standards of competence, ethics, integrity, and accountability to patients. Place the patient’s interest above oneself.
- Apply theories and principles that govern ethical decision-making to the practice of medicine and research.
- Recognize potential conflicts of interest inherent in various financial and organizational arrangements for the practice of medicine, in medical education and research.
- Practice the standards that ensure patient privacy and confidentiality.
- Demonstrate dependability, commitment and reliability in interactions with patients and their families and other health professionals.
- Recognize and address in a constructive manner, unprofessional behaviors in oneself and others with whom one interacts.
- Demonstrate personal behaviors that promote patient safety.
- Identify personal deficiencies in knowledge and skills and address them by implementing methods for improvement.
- Employ strategies for seeking and incorporating feedback from patients, peers, and other health professionals to improve personal and patient outcomes.
VI. INTERPROFESSIONAL COLLABORATIVE PRACTICE
- Demonstrate the ability to work as an effective member of a healthcare team.
- Demonstrate an understanding of and respect for other health care professionals and to work collaboratively with them in caring for patients.
- Perform effectively in diverse health care delivery settings and diverse health care systems.
- Describe the structure and function of health care delivery and payer systems used in the United States.
- Identify resources for patients in situations in which social and economic barriers limit access to health care.
VII. SOCIAL AWARENESS/PAIN AND ADDICTION
- Demonstrate an understanding of common societal problems including issues of addiction or abuse and their impact on patients and their families.
- Use a socio-psycho-biological model to develop individualized prevention strategies for persons with pain and/or opioid use disorder.
- Employ an integrated, team-based approach to the patient.
- Engage family and social support in the care to the patient.