Educational Program Objectives
The HWCOM educational program objectives (EPOs) encompass the knowledge, skills, behaviors, and attitudes students are expected to exhibit as evidence of achievement of the competencies necessary for graduation and receipt of the MD degree. When applicable, these EPOs are linked to the nine domains of competence identified by the Association of American Medical Colleges (in the Physician Competency Reference Set) and HWCOM as critically important to all physicians.
Physician Competency Reference Set and Social Accountability
The Association of American Medical Colleges Physician Competency Reference Set (PCRS) delineates the common competencies required of all physicians. All HWCOM medical students are required to demonstrate achievement in the competency domains outlined by the PCRS. Congruent with our mission, HWCOM adopted an additional competency—Social Accountability—that requires students to work collaboratively to meet the health needs of patients and society, demonstrate improved health outcomes, and reduce health disparities.
Core Entrustable Professional Activities for Entering Residency
"Core Entrustable Professional Activities for Entering Residency" (Core EPAs) were designed by the Association of American Medical Colleges as tasks and responsibilities that graduates of medical schools should be entrusted to perform unsupervised upon beginning residency training. The competency domains of the Physician Competency Reference Set and the HWCOM educational program objectives align with these core entrustable professional activities.
Courses and Clerkships by Period and Strand
HWCOM medical students must pass all required courses, required clerkships, and required and elective rotations.