This theme covers the range of clinical skills that students need to acquire - the motions that doctors go through when actually dealing with patients.

By the time they graduate, students should have:

  • An understanding of the therapeutic nature of the patient-doctor relationship and the impact of the individual characteristics of both patient and doctor in that relationship.
  • The ability to listen and identify issues of concern to patients, families and caregivers; and to respond to those concerns, using whatever means necessary for effective communication.
  • The ability to elicit and interpret clinical symptoms and signs by interviewing and examining patients systematically and with sensitivity, and to use this information to guide further investigation.
  • The ability to perform important clinical procedures, particularly those in vital and life-threatening situations.
  • Ethical behavior in meeting the needs of patients and families, concern for confidentiality, and respect for individual autonomy, enabling patients and their families to make secure, informed decisions in relation to their medical care.