Professional Development


  • Patient & Population Care
  • Essential Medical Knowledge
  • Practice and Evidence - Based Learning
  • Communication Skills
  • Ethics and Professionalism
  • Health Care System and Cost Effective Practice


  1. Foundations of Medicine
  2. Clinical Practice
  3. Professional Development
  4. Medicine and Society
  5. Research


Students focus on personal ethics, a healthy lifestyle, group support and introduction to communication skills; followed by a Health Enhancement Lectures concentrating on self-care (stress management, relaxation training, and coping skills), other aspects of healthy lifestyle and group support, and an introduction to the science of mind-body medicine. This theme also includes an introduction to medical ethics


By the time of completing basic medical education, the BAU medical graduate should have knowledge and understanding of:

  • Developing strategies for maintaining mental, physical, and emotional health status for their own health enhancement.
  • Developing skills to become a successful student and lifelong learner.
  • Describing strategies for developing personal and professional resilience
  • Appraising personal and professional strengths and weaknesses and with the ability to improve one’s knowledge and ability.
  • Using and accessing ‘networks’ in order to meet professional and personal needs.
  • Articulating professional rights and responsibilities.
  • Identifying and using strategies for effective time management in both personal life and clinical settings.
  • Recognizing the similarities and differences between ethical issues in personal and professional life.
  • Appreciating the legal framework within which medical practice operates and the legal basis of the doctor-patient relationship and describe ethical and legal issues pertinent to clinical contexts; including refusal of treatment, transplantation, infertility and medical research.
  • Describing concepts of responsibility and advocacy in relation to patients and their families and be committed to advocate at all times the interest of one’s patients over one’s own interests.
  • Understanding the theories, principles and cultural and religious context that govern ethical decision making, and the major ethical dilemmas in medicine, particularly those that arise at the beginning and end of life and those that arise from the rapid expansion of knowledge of genetics.
  • Respect patient (and physician) confidentiality, demonstrating knowledge of the legal, ethical, and medical issues surrounding patient documentation, including confidentiality and data security.