Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
MD Education

We prepare students to practice medicine in the real world, now and in the future.

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Every component of our program has real-world applications and prepares our students for the field of medicine as it is practiced today and will be in the future.

Curriculum Overview

Our MD Curriculum is an integrated three-phase structure. Throughout each phase, the curriculum emphasizes four curricular elements and weaves in seven threads designed to help students develop into evidence-based clinicians who provide cost-effective, safe, quality care as part of an interprofessional team.


  • Phase 1 - A comprehensive medical education contextualized through early clinical experiences.
  • Phases 2 and 3 - Intensified clinical training through clerkships and electives, as well as an increased focus on professional development to prepare you for your future career.

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Curricular Components

The elements, threads and learning strategies of our program are interwoven for a wide-ranging, purposeful education.  

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Assessment & Evaluation

Develop the skills critical to professional growth and providing exceptional care. Our portfolio system offers students the opportunity t create learning goals and reflect on their performance. Our competencies-based framework sets clear expectations for assessment.

Evaluate and Achieve

Teaching Opportunities

Passionate faculty educators are essential to Feinberg's ability to train tomorrow's leaders. The MD program has teaching opportunities to fit a variety of schedules and professional goals. Challenge yourself and inspire future generations.

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