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Undergraduate Medical Education

MSC08 4710
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131
Basic Medical Sciences Bldg., Room 114
T: (505) 272-4823
F: (505) 272-1352
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Undergraduate Medical Education


The vision of Undergraduate Medical Education (UME) is to use an innovative, evidence based curriculum to educate students to be excellent future physicians for New Mexico. The curriculum is organized into organ system blocks, each of which incorporates biologic, behavioral and population perspectives. Hands-on training in clinical skills and laboratory sessions along with a weekly continuity clinic improve integration of basic sciences and clinical medicine.

Mission Statement

UME Mission Statement: The mission of Undergraduate Medical Education is to support medical student education in order to improve the health of New Mexicans. The mission is accomplished by creating a dynamic learning environment through:

Competencies and Global Learning Objectives

Medical Knowledge, Integration & Critical Reasoning

A-1. Identify, define, and apply the scientific principles and knowledge necessary for the practice of medicine.

A-2. Apply the scientific method and demonstrate scholarly inquiry using research fundamentals.

Patient Care

B-1. Gather data from patient history, physical examination and technical investigations and apply clinical problem-solving skills to make accurate diagnostic judgments.

B-2. Make informed decisions, recommendations, and interventions to further patient evaluation, treatment planning and health maintenance.

Practice-Based Learning & Improvement

C-1. Reflect on and evaluate one’s own knowledge, skills, attitudes, and outcomes and work toward ongoing improvement.

C-2. Locate, appraise, and apply evidence from clinical studies of diagnostic and treatment effectiveness.

Interpersonal & Communication Skills

D-1. Demonstrate effective communication behaviors and skills with patients and colleagues.

D-2. Work effectively with others through liaison and as a member or leader of a cooperative group or team.

Professionalism, Ethics & Self-Assessment

E-1. Identify, define, and apply ethical principles in the diverse and complex context of patient care.

E-2. Identify and demonstrate ethical virtues (altruism, compassion, accountability, etc.) with fellow students, teachers, patients, society, and the profession.

System & Community-Based Practice

F-1. Describe the impact of the social determinates of health and healthcare policy in order to assist patients in dealing with complex systems and to advocate for integrated, quality care