This is the most substantial theme, covering the scientific knowledge base required for medical practice. It includes pre- and para-clinical disciplines (e.g. anatomy) as well as clinical disciplines (e.g. surgery).

By the time they graduate, students should be able to:

  • Apply an understanding of normal and abnormal human structure, function and behavior to the diagnosis, management and prevention of health problems.
  • Use the best available evidence of outcomes to prevent or cure disease, relieve symptoms or minimize disabilities.
  • Analyze clinical data and work to determine its validity and reliability.
  • Participate in the generation, interpretation, application and dissemination of significant advances in medical knowledge.
  • Recognize the limits to scientific knowledge and understanding, and the continuing nature of all scientific¬†endeavors.