Technical Standards

The M.D. degree is a broad undifferentiated degree attesting to the mastery of general knowledge in all fields required for entry into graduate medical education programs (residencies). Graduates must possess the essential knowledge and skills to function in a broad variety of clinical situations and to render a wide spectrum of patient care safely and effectively.

Mayo Clinic School of Medicine has specified the following nonacademic criteria (technical standards), which all students must meet to participate in the medical education program and the practice of medicine.

Participation and observation

  • The applicant or medical student must be able to attend and meaningfully participate in all classroom, small group and laboratory exercises, as well as all clinical experiences throughout the curriculum.
  • The applicant or medical student must be able to interview, assess and comprehend the condition of all patients assigned to him or her for examination, diagnosis and treatment.
  • The applicant or medical student must be able to access information electronically and utilize technology for learning, such as online modules, web-based learning, simulation and electronic medical records.

Communication

The applicant or medical student must be able to communicate effectively and sensitively with patients to:

  • Elicit information
  • Describe changes in mood, activity and posture
  • Assess nonverbal communication
  • Transmit information to patients, fellow students, faculty, staff and all members of the health care team

Motor

The applicant or medical student must have sufficient motor function to complete a comprehensive physical examination of patients, including:

  • The ability to elicit information from patients by palpation, auscultation, percussion and other diagnostic maneuvers
  • Possessing all skills necessary to carry out diagnostic procedures
  • Being able to execute motor movements reasonably required to provide general care and emergency treatment to all patients

The applicant or medical student must be able to order tests and treatments, and document clinical encounters using an electronic medical record.

Intellectual, integrative and quantitative abilities

  • The applicant or medical student must be able to measure, calculate, reason, analyze and synthesize. Problem-solving, the critical skill demanded of physicians, requires all of these intellectual abilities.
  • The applicant or medical student must be able to comprehend 3-D relationships and understand the spatial relationships of structures.
  • The applicant or medical student must have the capacity to perform these problem-solving skills in a timely fashion.

Behavioral attributes

The applicant or medical student must be able to:

  • Exercise good judgment
  • Promptly complete all responsibilities attendant to the diagnosis and care of patients
  • Demonstrate mature, sensitive and effective relationships with patients and others

The applicant or medical student must also be able to:

  • Tolerate taxing workloads
  • Function effectively under stress
  • Adapt to changing environments
  • Display flexibility
  • Function in the face of uncertainties inherent in the clinical problems of many patients

Each applicant or medical student must possess and demonstrate behaviors of professionalism, including compassion, integrity, inclusion, respect and concern for others, commitment, and motivation.

Nov. 08, 2017