Medical education is a lifelong process that requires the skills of self-assessment, self-reflection, continuous learning and professional accountability. We believe that these skills are critical to providing quality patient care. Feinberg’s MD students develop these skills in undergraduate training.
A Culture of Self-Reflection and Improvement
All physicians must be able to continually monitor their performance, identify areas for improvement and take concrete steps to grow in an ever-changing field. Feinberg is dedicated to cultivating habits of self-assessment, personal improvement and reflective capacity in our students. Throughout their training, students review their assessment data in our comprehensive portfolio system, create learning goals and reflect on their performance — all with the supportive guidance of a physician mentor.
We strive to create a culture where giving and receiving constructive feedback is a welcome and comfortable occurrence so our students can continually grow toward their full potential.
Ours is a competency-based education framework. This structure explicitly defines our curricular expectations and goals as well as our assessment standards. The Feinberg MD student’s education is defined by achievement of competence. Find detail on the eight competencies below. You can also download the Feinberg Competency Standards, Anchors and Benchmarks document.
We prioritize transparency and fairness in our evaluation of students. Learn more about our exam review and grading process.
Learn About Patient-Centered Medical Care
Our graduates will demonstrate proficiency in the clinical skills and knowledge necessary to enter postgraduate medical education. They will apply their skills, knowledge and clinical evidence with attention to patients' perspectives, needs, values and comfort.
Learn About Effective Communication & Interpersonal Skills
Our graduates will demonstrate that they have the verbal and non-verbal communication skills needed to have respectful, compassionate and effective conversations with their patients, patients' families and colleagues in order to exchange information and make medical decisions.
Learn About Medical Knowledge & Scholarship
Our graduates will demonstrate knowledge of the scientific basis of medicine, the ability to apply that knowledge to patient care and the skills to contribute to scholarship in medicine through research or teaching.
Learn About System Awareness & Team-Based Care
Our graduates will demonstrate awareness of the overall healthcare delivery system, as well as the system of care in each of their clinical settings. They'll also demonstrate the ability to work as an effective member of a healthcare team.
Back to top Learn About Personal Awareness & Self-Care
Our graduates will demonstrate the capacity to self-reflect on their acculturation to medicine, to assess the impact of their medical school experiences on their evolving personal and professional values and to tend to their own physical and mental health.
Learn About Community Engagement & Service
Our graduates will demonstrate knowledge of community factors that influence individual, community and public health and will gain perspective and experience through service activities within their local or global communities.