Health Professions Competencies

Health Professions Competencies

In 2011 the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) and members of the academic medicine community created a list of professional, science and thinking and reasoning competencies that they feel highlight areas medical schools consider important and that admissions committees use to evaluate applicants. This list was updated on October 30, 2023 to reflect current and future expectations for new medical students and medical school admissions committees will begin evaluating applicants on the updated premed competencies in the 2025 application cycle. We encourage you to review these competencies as they will not only aid you in preparing for medical school admissions but developing these skills will also make you a much more effective physician. Use these competencies first to reflect on the career direction you are taking and then to guide your choices of clinical, research, service or other volunteer activities, as well as courses and concentration(s) while at Brown.      



  • Commitment to Learning and Growth
  • Cultural Awareness
  • Cultural Humilit
  • Empathy and Compassion
  • Ethical Responsibility to Self and Otherss
  • Interpersonal Skilss
  • Oral Communication
  • Reliability and Dependability
  • Resilience and Adaptability
  • Service Orientation
  • Teamwork and Collaboration


  • Human Behavior
  • Living Systems


  • Critical Thinking
  • Quantitative Reasoning
  • Scientific Inquiry
  • Written Communication


To learn more about the specific comptentcies listed here, go to the AAMC's Core Competencies for Entering Medical Students.