The University of Missouri School of Medicine provides an educational environment in which the health of our patients is our first priority. Innovation and the application of continuous quality improvement to our curriculum are core values. By applying continuous improvement principles to our work as educators, we not only enhance our educational programs, but also model our own commitment to improving quality and safety.
Our goal is to train learners in an environment where improving care is a routine part of providing care. Our learning experiences model commitment to the patient as the first priority and always include respect for patient's needs and preferences. Learning methods are based on problems, situated in actual clinical contexts to foster skills in self-directed and lifelong learning. Examples include our successful patient-based learning, previously called problem-based learning, curriculum; standardized patient encounters in our state-of-the-art simulation center; rural-track program experiences; and a curriculum that emphasizes the importance of interdisciplinary teamwork.
The key characteristics below describe the type of doctors students at MU School of Medicine will become. A comprehensive electronic portfolio for medical learning and assessment tells each student where they are in their journey.
- Able to deliver effective patient-centered care
- Honest with high ethical standards
- Knowledgeable in biomedical sciences, evidence-based practice and societal and cultural issues
- Critical thinkers; problem-solvers
- Able to communicate with patients and others
- Able to collaborate with patients and other members of the health care team
- Committed to improving quality and safety
- Committed to life-long learning and professional formation
“Without question, Mizzou has been one of the best decisions of my life.”