Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
MD Education

Professional Behavior & Moral Reasoning

Our graduates will demonstrate a commitment to professional responsibilities and behavior as well as the ability to understand, reflect upon and integrate ethical and moral dimensions of healthcare.

Graduates will:

  1. Identify, analyze and justify appropriate ethical choices in the care of individual patients and their families and recognize legal constraints on such choices.
  2. Identify, analyze and justify appropriate ethical choices in the healthcare systems in which students work and recognize legal constraints on such choices.
  3. Display honesty, integrity, respect and compassion toward others (patients, families, faculty, staff), regardless of gender, race, religion, ideology, socioeconomic status, disability, age, national origin, sexual orientation or ability to pay.
  4. Identify, analyze and justify appropriate ethical choices in the design and conduct of research and recognize legal constraints on such choices.
  5. Display accountability and dependability.
  6. Demonstrate respect for privacy, protect confidentiality and maintain security of the data of patients and families.
  7. Demonstrate initiative and responsibility in daily professional tasks, including participation in learning activities, class presentations and patient care.
Professional Behavior