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The acronym BU CARES stands for the BUSM education program’s seven fundamental objectives, which describe the knowledge, skills, and attitudes that every graduate should possess. The principles behind BU CARES guide the management of the curriculum, inform student assessments, and form the basis of all course and clerkship learning objectives.

The BU CARES Institutional Learning Objectives (2014)

(The linked ACGME competencies are in parenthesis)

The BUSM Graduate:

Behaves in a caring, compassionate and sensitive manner toward patients and colleagues of all cultures and backgrounds.  (Patient Care and  Professionalism)

Uses the science of normal and abnormal states of health to prevent disease, to recognize and diagnose illness and to provide an appropriate level of care (Medical Knowledge; Patient Care)

Communicates with colleagues and patients to ensure effective interprofessional  medical care (Interpersonal and Communication Skills; Patient Care)

Acts in accordance with the highest ethical standards of medical practice (Professionalism)

Researches and critically appraises biomedical literature and evidence for the purpose of ongoing improvement  of the practice of medicine (Practice-based Learning and Improvement; Medical Knowledge)

Exhibits commitment and aptitude for life-long learning and continuing improvement as a physician (Practice-based Learning)

Supports optimal patient care through identifying and using resources of the health care system   (Systems-based Practice; Patient Care)

BU CARES derives from a statement of the school’s Mission and Institutional Learning Objectives adopted in 2006 and a shorter statement of Institutional Learning Objectives keyed to ACGME competencies in 2008.  Slight changes voted in Medical Education Committee on March 13, 2014.