NSU HPD Catalog 2021-2022

Dr. Kiran C. Patel College of Allopathic Medicine—M.D. Program 581 Committee on Admissions in 2016, are reviewed annually, and updated periodically. These guidelines specify the attributes considered essential for completing medical school training and for enabling each graduate to enter residency and clinical practice. Moreover, because the Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) degree signifies that the holder is a physician prepared for entry into the practice of medicine within postgraduate training programs, it follows that graduates must have the knowledge and skills to function in a broad variety of clinical situations and to render a wide array of patient care. As such, these standards, along with the academic standards established by the faculty, describe the essential functions that applicants must demonstrate to meet the requirements of a general medical education, and are prerequisites for entrance, continuation, promotion, and graduation. NSU MD will consider for admission and continuation any applicant who meets its academic and nonacademic criteria and who demonstrates the ability to perform skills and meet the standards listed in this document, with or without reasonable accommodations, consistent with the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act. These standards also conform to the AAMC guidelines for medical schools. NSU MD believes that all applicants must possess the intellectual, physical, and emotional capabilities necessary to undertake the required curriculum in a reasonably independent manner without having to rely on the assistance of others or intermediaries, and that all applicants must be able to achieve the levels of competence required by the faculty. All applicants for admission, both those with and without disabilities, are expected to be competitive with others in the applicant pool in academic, personal, and extracurricular attributes. The institutional policy is to make admissions decisions on a case-by-case basis and on the basis of each applicant’s qualifications to contribute to NSUMD’s educational mission. For purposes of this document, and unless otherwise defined, the term “applicant” or “candidate” means applicants for admission to medical school, as well as enrolled medical students who are candidates for promotion and graduation. *Recommendations of the AAMC Special Advisory Panel on Technical Standards for Medical School Admissions, approved by the AAMC Executive Council on January 18, 1979, are reproduced below. Technical (Nonacademic) Standards for Medical School Admission A candidate for the M.D. degree must have abilities and skills in the five functional areas described following, andmust have the physical and emotional stamina and capacity to function in a competent manner, and consistent with these standards, in the classroom, clinical, and laboratory settings, including settings that may involve heavy workloads, long hours, and stressful situations. 1. Observation: The candidate must be able to observe demonstrations and experiments in the basic sciences, including, but not limited to, anatomic, physiologic, and pharmacologic demonstrations; microbiologic cultures; and microscopic studies of microorganisms and tissues in normal and pathologic states. A candidate must be able to observe a patient accurately at a distance and close at hand. Observation necessitates the functional use of the senses of vision and hearing and somatic sensation. It is enhanced by the sense of smell. 2. Communication: A candidate must be able to speak, to hear, and to observe patients in order to elicit information; describe changes in mood, activity, and posture; and perceive nonverbal communications. A candidate must be able to communicate effectively and sensitively with patients. Communication includes not only speech, but reading and writing. The candidatemust be able to communicate effectively and efficiently in oral and written formwith all members of the health care team. 3. Motor: Candidates must have sufficient motor function to elicit information from patients by palpation, auscultation, percussion, and other diagnostic maneuvers that comprise a complete physical examination (including pelvic examination). A candidate must be able to perform the basic and advanced clinical procedures that are requirements of the NSU MD curriculum. A candidate must be able to execute motor movements reasonably required to provide general care and emergency treatment to patients. Examples of emergency treatment reasonably required of physicians are cardiopulmonary resuscitation, the administration of intravenous medication, the application of pressure to stop bleeding, the opening of obstructed airways, the suturing of simple wounds, and the performance of simple obstetrical maneuvers. Such actions require coordination of both gross and fine muscular movements; equilibrium; and functional use of the senses of touch, vision, and hearing. 4. Intellectual: Conceptual, Integrative, and Quantitative Abilities: These abilities include measurement, calculation, reasoning, analysis, and synthesis. Problem-solving, the critical skill demanded of physicians, requires that candidates be able to learn, retrieve, analyze, sequence, organize, synthesize, and integrate information efficiently and reason effectively. They also should be able to measure and calculate accurately and to understand the spatial relationships of structures. 5. Behavioral and Social Attributes: A candidate must possess the emotional health required for full utilization of his or her intellectual abilities; the exercise of good judgment; the prompt completion of all responsibilities attendant to the diagnosis and care of patients; and the development of mature, sensitive, and effective relationships with patients. Candidates must be able to work effectively, respectfully, and professionally as part of the health care team, and to interact