Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine



Competencies Compass

The Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine has adopted a competency-based education framework. This structure explicitly defines our curricular expectations and goals as well as our assessment standards. Ultimately, we expect that a student's progress in his/her undergraduate medical education is defined by achievement of competence rather than the amount of time spent in curricular activities. For this reason, we aim to provide a certain degree of flexibility for students in our curriculum.

Medical education is a lifelong process that requires the skills of self assessment, self reflection, continuous learning and professional accountability. These skills must be developed at the undergraduate medical level and continue on through residency and practice. We are committed to helping our students develop the skills that the modern physician needs to care for patients and be a leader in the practice of medicine.