Technical Standards for Admission,
Advancement and Graduation

Policy 300.00

Policy Statement

The Larner College of Medicine (LCOM) is committed to diversity and strives to attract and educate students who will constitute the population of healthcare professionals representative of the national population.

We demonstrate professionalism through our core values of integrity, accountability, compassion, altruism, and social responsibility and rely on cultural humility, kindness, and respect, to guide our daily interactions. LCOM understands the importance and value in educating all students without regard to race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, or gender identity or expression, as those terms are defined under applicable law, and actively collaborates with students, faculty, and staff to support a safe and inclusive environment. As such, LCOM provides confidential and specialized disability support services via the University of Vermont Student Accessibility Services Office (UVM SAS), and we encourage and support students with any disability to seek accommodations. Policy 310.00 - Support for Disabilities outlines LCOM’s procedures for requesting accommodation(s).

The Larner College of Medicine’s Technical Standards include essential academic and non-academic abilities, attributes, and characteristics in the areas of 1) intellectual-conceptual, integrative, and quantitative abilities; 2) observational skills; 3) physical abilities; 4) motor functioning; 5) emotional stability; 6) behavioral and social skills; and 7) ethics and professionalism.

A medical school applicant or enrolled medical student must possess or be able to acquire, with or without reasonable accommodation, these technical standards to be admitted to, be retained in, and graduate from our medical educational program.

Policy Elaboration

  1. The faculty of the Robert Larner, M.D. College of Medicine at The University of Vermont believes that earning a Doctor of Medicine degree requires mastery of a coherent body of knowledge and skills as well as the ability to integrate, synthesize, and apply such knowledge and skills in a broad-based practice. The undifferentiated LCOM M.D. degree affirms any recipient holds the general knowledge and skills to function in a broad variety of clinical situations and the capacity to enter residency training and qualify for medical licensure. Medical students must acquire substantial competence in several areas throughout their medical education, including understanding and appreciating the principles and practices of several fields of basic medical science and clinical medicine, and have the essential abilities and characteristics to relate to patients, families and other health care professionals compassionately and comprehensively.
  2. Students must meet the following technical standards for admission, advancement and graduation (accommodation(s) may be applied to achieve the following):
    1. Intellectual-Conceptual, Integrative, and Quantitative Abilities
      1. Possess and demonstrate the analytical, conceptual, integrative, quantitative and reasoning skills that are critical to assimilate and integrate large volumes of information from diverse sources.
      2. Apply the skills outlined in 2.1.1 in a timely manner to solve medical problems to deliver appropriate patient care.
      3. Comprehend, understand, and adapt to different educational environments and learning modalities.
    2. Observational Skills
      1. Participate in all activities requiring observation and processing of information. The ability to observe is required for all educational environments and learning modalities.
      2. Assess a patient and evaluate findings accurately. These skills require perception and interpretation of visual, auditory, and tactile information.
    3. Physical Abilities
      1. Demonstrate the capacity to perform physical examination and diagnostic interventions on patients in accordance with currently acceptable medical practice. This activity may require sufficient coordination of both gross and fine muscular movements, balance, and equilibrium.
    4. Motor Functioning
      1. Demonstrate sufficient motor movements required to provide general care to patients and provide or direct the provision of emergency medical care. This activity may require coordination of both gross and fine muscular movements, balance, and equilibrium.
    5. Emotional Stability
      1. Display mature and respectful interactions with patients and with members of the medical school community and health care teams.
      2. Attend to personal wellbeing.
      3. Manage stressful and demanding workloads.
      4. Adapt to changing environments, display flexibility, and learn in the face of the uncertainty inherent to the clinical problems of many patients and clinical settings.
      5. Demonstrate the emotional maturity and stability required for full utilization of their intellectual abilities, the exercise of good judgment, responsibility for behavior, 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, fellow students, faculty, and staff.
    6. Behavioral and Social Skills
      1. Communication skills (verbal and non-verbal) are essential throughout the curriculum.
        1. Communicate and transmit information using the English language effectively, efficiently, and sensitively with patients, their families and the health care team.
        2. Interpret and accurately document both verbal and non-verbal communication from others.
      2. Communicate with, examine, and provide care for all patients, without discrimination or bias.
      3. Demonstrate ongoing motivation and engagement.
    7. Ethics and Professionalism
      1. Model professionalism and a professional demeanor, consistent with the Larner Professionalism Policy and the General Guidelines for Medical Student Appearance Policy.
      2. Consistently appreciate and preserve patient confidentiality.
      3. Maintain sobriety in all academic and clinical environments.
      4. Abide by local, state, and federal laws, as well as all University of Vermont and Larner College of Medicine policies.
      5. Maintain and display ethical and moral behaviors commensurate with the role of a physician in all interactions with patients, faculty, staff, students and the public.
      6. Understand the legal and ethical aspects of the practice of medicine and function within the law and ethical standards of the medical profession.

Applicability of the Policy

All Medical Students and Applicants

Related Larner College of Medicine Policies

Related University of Vermont Policies

Related Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) Standard(s)

  • 10.5 Technical Standards


  • 7/16/2013 Policy Adopted/Affirmed [Medical Curriculum Committee]
  • 12/18/2018 Policy Revised [Medical Curriculum Committee]
  • 12/17/2019 Policy Revised [Medical Curriculum Committee]
  • 12/15/2020 Policy Revised [Medical Curriculum Committee]
  • 2/16/2021 Policy Edit [Medical Curriculum Committee]
  • 1/18/2022 Policy Revised [Medical Curriculum Committee]

Policy Oversight

  • Associate Dean for Admissions pre-matriculation
  • Associate/Assistant Dean for Students post-matriculation (Student Services Coordinator)

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