Technical Standards

Introduction

Students to Texila American University (TAU) are selected on the basis of their academic, personal, and extracurricular abilities. Additionally, students must have the intellectual, physical, and emotional capacities to meet the requirements of a successful medical career.

TAU intends for its students to become competent and compassionate Doctors who are capable of meeting all requirements for medical responsibilities. TAU is committed to educating and training future leaders in medicine. For the purpose of this document, the term students means candidates for admission to M.D. program.

The Liaison Committee on Medical Education, an accrediting body for medical education in the US, has defined and described the technical standards which are the necessary physical and mental abilities of all candidates and graduates. The following abilities and characteristics, in addition to academic standards, are requirements for admission, promotion, and graduation for all medicine students.

Technical Standards

  • Visual

Students should observe materials presented in the learning environment including audiovisual presentations, written documents, microbiology cultures, microscopic examination of microorganisms, tissues and gross organs in the normal and pathologic state, and diagnostic images. They should also observe patients accurately and completely, both at a distance and directly. This requires functional vision, hearing, and sensation.

  • Oral-Auditory

Students are expected to speak, write, hear, and read effectively. They should also be able to perceive non-verbal communications, including facial expression, body language, and affect. They should be able to communicate sensitively with patients and their families via speech as well as reading/writing.

  • Motor and Sensory

Students must possess the capacity to elicit information from patients via palpation, auscultation, and percussion, as well as carry out diagnostic maneuvers. They must be able to execute movements reasonably required to provide general medical care and emergency treatment to patients. They should also be able to manipulate equipment and instruments to perform basic laboratory tests and procedures as required to attain curricular goals, for example, needles, stethoscope, ophthalmoscope, tongue blades, intravenous equipment, scalpel etc.

  •  Strength and Mobility

Students should possess appropriate posture, balance, flexibility, mobility, strength and endurance for standing, sitting, and participating during the laboratory, classroom and clinical sessions.

  • Cognitive

Students are expected to possess sufficient cognitive (mental) abilities and effective learning techniques to obtain, collect, memorize, analyze, integrate, process, and apply the volume of detailed and complex information presented by the curriculum. They should be able to learn through a variety of methods including, lectures, alternative classroom instruction, demonstrations, hands on experiences and small group, team, and collaborative discussions.

They must have the ability to perform calculations necessary to solve quantitative problems as required by the curriculum. They should be able to apply knowledge and reasoning to solve problems and make decisions as outlined by the curriculum. They must recognize, comprehend, and draw conclusions about three dimensional spatial relationships of structures and logical sequential relationships among events.

  •  Social

Students should possess the emotional stability and maturity to fully apply his/her intellectual skill, exercise good judgment, and to complete all responsibilities attendant to the diagnosis and care of patients. They should be able to develop a mature, sensitive and effective relationship with patients and colleagues.

Students must be able to tolerate the physical, mental and emotional stress and long work hours experienced during training and patient care. They must possess qualities of adaptability, flexibility, and the ability to function in the face of uncertainty. They should be able to behave in a trustworthy and ethical and moral manner consistent with professional values and standards. They must exhibit sufficient interpersonal skills, knowledge and attitudes to interact positively and sensitively with people from all parts of society, ethnic backgrounds, and belief systems.

Technical requirements:

  1. Students should be able to observe, demonstrations and participate in experiments in the basic sciences.
  2. Students must be able to analyze, synthesize, extrapolate, solve problems, and reach diagnostic and therapeutic judgments.
  3. Students should have sufficient use of the senses of vision and hearing and the somatic sensation necessary to perform a physical examination. Students should be able to perform palpation, auscultation, and percussion.
  4. Students should reasonably be expected to relate to patients and establish sensitive, professional relationships with patients
  5. Students should reasonably be expected to learn and perform routine laboratory tests and diagnostic procedures.
  6. Students should reasonably be expected to communicate the results of the examination to the patient and to his colleagues with accuracy, clarity and efficiency.
  7. Students should be expected to perform routine invasive procedure as part of training using universal procedures without substantial risk of infection to patients.
  8. Students must be able to perform with precise, quick and appropriate actions in emergency situations.
  9. Students must be able to display good judgment in the assessment and treatment of patients.
  10. Students must possess the perseverance, diligence and consistency to complete the medical school curriculum and enter the independent practice of medicine.
  11. Students should be able to accept criticism and respond by appropriate modification of behavior.