Students will learn to:

  • Apply the principles of evidence-based medicine and critical thinking in clinical decision making.
  • Practice compassionate primary care medicine.
  • Communicate effectively with patients and families.
  • Partner with supervising physicians and other professional colleagues.
  • Utilize practice and system-based analysis to ensure patient safety.
  • Practice in a cost-effective and socially responsible manner.
  • Commit to high ethical standards responsive to the needs of the profession, the individual, and society.


1.0  Primary Care Provider

1.1a Student will demonstrate an understanding of cultural issues related to accessing health care settings. We intend to sensitize our students to the needs of the medically underserved communities in Indiana, and across America. Cultural sensitivity/competency will be articulated as a professional goal. We do intend to create an environment where our students will choose to become culturally competent as they matriculate into their professional lives. Summary of Findings: At this present time all of the students scored at a 95% or above so our guidelines of 85% or above have been surpassed and adjustments currently do not need to be made to curriculum. True comparison cannot be made until we have one more year of data to compare with.

2.0 Patient Care

The Physical Diagnosis coursework initiates students in interviewing and medical history skills. Creating differential diagnoses; performing focused examinations; ordering cost-efficient diagnostic work-ups; interpreting results; creation and implementation of safe and appropriate treatment plans; and knowing when to refer are skills and concepts reinforced within the Clinical Management series.

Summary of Findings: All students succeeded with a good grasp of the physical exam and diagnostic skills - the lowest grade was a B at 85%.


Normal development and pathologic processes are covered in an organ system approach in addition to life-stage approaches from pediatric through geriatrics. Substance abuse and domestic violence prevention are included in behavioral health module. End-of-life issues and responses to injury, illness and stress are presented in case scenarios within Physical Diagnosis and the Clinical Management series.

Summary of Findings: Students preformed head to toe physicals that progressed in difficulty between the PASS 626 and PASS 636 class. Also weekly SOAP note assessments were required and critiqued to assure proper execution and understanding.