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Technical Standards

Saint Louis University School of Medicine is committed to full compliance with the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Section 504) and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. Qualified applicants to the School of Medicine must be able to complete all requirements leading to the M.D. degree. Because the M.D. degree signifies that the holder is a physician prepared for entry into the practice of medicine within a graduate training program, the recipient must have the knowledge and skills to function in a broad variety of clinical situations and to render a wide spectrum of patient care as required by the curriculum. Our Mission Statement, goals, and objectives are supported by the 1979 recommendations of the Association of American Medical Colleges Special Advisory Panel on Technical Standards for medical school admission that state, in part, that the M.D. degree is, and must remain, a broad, undifferentiated degree attesting to the acquisition of general knowledge in all fields of medicine and the basic skills requisite for the practice of medicine.

The following technical standards may be applied to the selection of medical students and to accepted students and medical students enrolled in the M.D. program. In addition to proven academic ability and other relevant personal characteristics, Saint Louis University School of Medicine expects its students to possess and be able to demonstrate the skills, attributes, and qualities listed below, without undue dependence on technology or intermediaries to a degree that compromises independent judgment. The use of a trained intermediary is not acceptable in many clinical situations in that it implies that a student's judgment must be mediated by someone else's power of selection and observation.

Academically successful students are expected to:

Communicate effectively and sensitively with patients, health professionals, teachers, staff, and peers in settings where communication is typically oral, or written, or when the time span available for communication is limited.

  • Accurately observe a patient from a distance and at close range, obtain a medical history directly from the patient, and directly observe a patient's medical condition.
  • Acquire, assimilate, interpret, integrate, and apply information from direct observation and oral communication, written messages, films, slides, microscope, imaging science, ECG readouts, and other media.
  • Perform diagnostic and emergency maneuvers and procedures, such as palpation, percussion, and auscultation, airway management, cardio-pulmonary resuscitation, and suturing, as well as assisting in surgery.
  • Perform problem-solving tasks quickly and efficiently in an environment that may change rapidly, without warning, and/or in unpredictable ways.
  • Comprehend three-dimensional and spatial relationships.
  • Carry out procedures involved in learning the sciences fundamental to medicine. This includes the ability to participate fully in activities dealing with curriculum requirements in the classroom, laboratory, and clinical setting
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