The mission of Atlantic University School of Medicine is to be a leader in enhancing the health and care of people by providing educational training of international merit for its medical students. We further accomplish our goals by encouraging attendance of biomedical research seminars for our faculty, providing learning models for evidenced-based medicine and ongoing-learning skills, and developing appropriate professional behavior and mastery of essential competencies. Finally, we prepare students for continued intellectual growth and provide clinical programs that are conducted in accord with policies of accrediting institutions.
As a measure of their competence, our medical school ensures that all graduating students demonstrate, to the satisfaction of our medical university’s faculty, the following:
- An understanding of normal structure of the human body at the whole-body, organ, tissue, cell, and molecular level.
- An understanding of normal physiological functions at the whole-body, integrated system, organ, tissue, cell, and molecular level.
- Understanding of the normal anatomic and physiologic changes that occur over the human life cycle.
- An understanding of the genetic and biochemical basis of cellular function.
- An understanding of normal psychological development.
- An understanding of the multiple causes of illness, including genetic, nutritional, developmental, metabolic, toxic, environmental, microbiological, inflammatory, neoplastic, degenerative, psychological, social, traumatic, and stress-related.
- An understanding of abnormal structure/function relationships in humans.
- An understanding of basic epidemiologic principles and the use of statistics in describing illness within defined populations.
- An understanding of the major challenges, both present and future, to the health of communities and nations, as well as a familiarity with the prevention and treatment strategies needed to address these challenges.
- Knowledge of the clinical, laboratory, diagnostic imaging and pathologic manifestations of disease, and proficiency in interpreting each type of information. Depth of understanding should be sufficient to allow for creation of appropriate differential diagnoses in clinical medicine and establishment of additional investigative strategies, when needed.
- A critical understanding of the principles of both curative and palliative therapeutics. This includes objectives of treatment, assessment of efficacy and risks, and awareness of the common use of alternative and complementary treatments.
- Knowledge of the strategies needed to promote health and prevent illness.
- Knowledge of health care systems in the United States and other countries, and familiarity with healthcare management strategies to develop systems (both large scale and small) that maximize medical effectiveness, reduce medical error, efficiently utilize scarce resources, and to correct inequities in health and access to health care.
- Awareness of the necessity for scientific method, and knowledge of its application, for the discovery of new medical knowledge.
The Goals Set for Our Students
There are four primary goals that we have set for our students. The first is for our students to acquire sufficient medical knowledge, skills, and attitudes to enable them to proceed toward a career in any branch of the medical sciences. The second is for the student to develop their ability to apply that knowledge with a concern for the needs of individuals and society.
The third is to offer, in a professional and ethical manner, the best in quality service with an understanding of the context of the health care delivery system in which one operates. Finally, the fourth goal we have set for our students is to develop the ability, with the use of technology, to think logically and critically and develop the motivation to continue learning.