Competency Compass Provides Roadmap
Defining what students need to know and do, then measuring progress.
The journey to becoming a well-rounded and skilled physician can take many twists and turns. Helping medical students reach their destinations, the Feinberg School of Medicine is developing a GPS of sorts to ensure these future medical professionals stay on track to becoming skilled clinicians. Represented graphically as the â€œNorthwestern Competency Compass,â€� this recently introduced initiative will take a systematic approach to assessing educational outcomes and mapping the progress of our students.
A current work in progress with input from students and faculty members, the initiative features eight core competencies that will serve to define the medical schoolâ€™s curriculum. These competencies range from professional behavior and moral reasoning to system awareness and team-based care. They provide a roadmap for all who are involved at Northwestern in shaping tomorrowâ€™s physicians. â€œOur hope is that this initiative affects our culture and is embodied by the entire institution,â€� explains Marianne M. Green, MD, associate dean for medical education and competency achievement. â€œTo be effective, these competencies need to be modeled and talked about explicitly in terms that are familiar throughout the organization.â€�
The initiative is slated for implementation in time for the start of the 2008â€“09 academic year. Visit www.feinberg.northwestern.edu/ education/competencies/ to learn more about the development and progress of the Northwestern Competency Compass.