Become a Doctor

Essential Functions

Intellectual-Conceptual, Integrative and Quantitative Abilities

These abilities include measurement, calculation, reasoning, analysis and synthesis. Problem solving, the critical skill demanded of physicians, requires all of these intellectual abilities. In addition, the candidate should be able to comprehend three-dimensional relationships and to understand the spatial relationships of structures.


The candidate must be able to observe demonstrations and experiments in the basic sciences, including but not limited to physiologic and pharmacologic demonstrations in animals, microbiologic cultures, and microscopic studies of microorganisms and tissues in normal and pathologic states. A candidate must be able to observe a patient accurately at a distance and close at hand. Observations necessitate the functional use of the sense of vision and somatic sensation. It is enhanced by the functional use of the sense of smell.


A candidate should be able to speak; to hear and to observe patients in order to elicit information; to describe changes in mood, activity and posture; and to perceive nonverbal communications. A candidate must be able to communicate effectively and sensitively with patients. Communication includes speech as well as reading and writing. The candidate must be able to communicate effectively in oral and written form with all members of the healthcare team.


Candidates should have sufficient motor function to elicit information from and about patients by palpation, auscultation, percussion and other diagnostic maneuvers. A candidate should be able to execute motor activities reasonably required to provide general care, to perform diagnostic procedures and to provide emergency treatment to patients. Examples of emergency treatment reasonably required of physicians are cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), the administration of intravenous medication and the application of pressure to stop bleeding.

Such actions require coordination of both gross and fine muscular movements, equilibrium, and functional use of the senses of touch and vision.

Behavioral and Social Attributes

A candidate must possess the emotional health required for full utilization of intellectual abilities, the exercise of good judgment, the prompt completion of all responsibilities attendant to the diagnosis and care of patients, and the development of mature, sensitive and effective relationships with patients. Candidates must be able to tolerate physically taxing workloads and to function effectively under stress. They must be able to adapt to changing environments, to display flexibility and to learn to function in the face of uncertainties inherent in the clinical problems of many patients. Commitment to excellence, service orientation, goal setting skills, academic ability, self-awareness, integrity and interpersonal skills are all personal qualities that are assessed during admission and the educational process. Because the nature of medical education is based on a mentoring process, candidates are expected to be able to accept criticism and respond by appropriate modification of behavior.

Handicapped individuals are encouraged to apply.


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