The vision of the School of Medicine is that each person in New Jersey and in the United States, regardless of race of socioeconomic status, will enjoy the highest levels of wellness in an economically and behaviorally sustainable fashion. The Office of Medical Education (OME) is responsible for developing and implementing an exceptional curriculum that creates physicians who are able to meet this goal.
Bringing the SOM's big vision down to the level of an individual medical student, we ask ourselves – who will a SOM graduating medical student be? You might ask yourself, how can you, as a person applying to medical school move us towards improving the health and wellbeing of a population? What skills, knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors will you have on graduation day that move us all towards this important goal?
All of our graduates will integrate into their usual practice an understanding of:
- The role of community and context on health outcomes
- The many drivers of health outcomes—the Determinants of Health—including social, biologic/genetic, behavioral, economic, and environmental factors
- How to effectively use evidence to drive medical decision making
- The impact of healthcare system fragmentation on health outcomes
Whatever field our students enter, they will need to incorporate these critical attributes. In addition, our graduates will have a deep understanding of how systems – defined broadly – impact health outcomes, and how they can be designed and redesigned to meet a goal. Therefore, our graduates will also be leaders in many sectors – from health systems, to public health, to policy.
Our graduates will shape the healthcare system and workforce of the future to be one that:
- Is not confined to the walls of hospitals or medical offices
- Seamlessly integrates with community-based activities and agencies
- Utilizes advanced technologic and other systems to promote continuity, communication, and patient-centeredness
- Has a physician workforce optimized to produce high quality, high value, equitable healthcare