Technical Standards

Matriculating students must meet and maintain the following nonacademic criteria (technical standards) to participate in the Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP).

  1. Observation
    • Students must be able to participate actively in all demonstrations and laboratory exercises in the basic medical sciences.
    • Students must assess and comprehend the condition of all patients assigned to them for examination, diagnosis and treatment.
    • Such observation and information acquisition usually requires the functional use of visual, auditory and somatic sensation.
  2. Communication
    • Students must be able to communicate effectively and sensitively with patients in order to elicit information, describe changes in mood, activity and posture, and assess nonverbal communications.
    • Students must be able to effectively and efficiently transmit information to patients, fellow students, faculty, staff and all members of the health care team.
    • Students must possess required communication skills include speaking, reading and writing, as well as the observation skills described above.
    • Students must be able to communicate their discoveries in English to the scientific community.
  3. Motor
    • Students must have sufficient motor function to elicit information from patients by palpation, auscultation, percussion and other diagnostic maneuvers.
    • Students must be capable of performing basic laboratory tests, possess all skills necessary to carry out diagnostic procedures, and execute the motor movements reasonably required to provide general care and emergency treatment to patients.
  4. Intellectual-conceptual, integrative and quantitative abilities
    • Students must be able to measure, calculate, reason, analyze and synthesize. Problem-solving, the critical skill demanded of physicians, requires all of these intellectual abilities.
    • Students must be able to comprehend three-dimensional relationships and to understand the spatial relationships of structures.
    • Students must have the capacity to perform these problem-solving skills in a timely fashion.
  5. Behavioral and social attributes
    • Students must be able to fully utilize their intellectual abilities and exercise good judgment. Prompt completion of all responsibilities attendant to the diagnosis and care of patients is required.
    • Students must be capable of developing mature, sensitive and effective relationships with patients and others.
    • Students must be able to tolerate taxing workloads, function effectively under stress, adapt to changing environments, display flexibility and learn to function in the face of uncertainties inherent in the clinical problems of many patients.
    • Compassion, integrity, concern for others, commitment and motivation are personal qualities that each student should possess.
April 14, 2017