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2022 Entering Class Curriculum Requirements

Required Medical Equipment

Please make sure all required medical equipment is purchased by July 9, 2021.

Required Resources

Please review the list of required curricular resources.

Required Reading: How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi 

Deadline: August 2, 2021

Dr. Ibram X. Kendi's book ‘How to Be an Antiracist’ provides a foundation for future discussions in the Health Equity and Advocacy Curriculum. Themes from the book provide context for how policies and structures manifest as population health disparities and clinical challenges. Please read the book in its entirety prior to Introductions to Professions week. If you need access to the book, please email Jenny Dick ( by July 12.

Required Reading: Introduction & Chapter 1 ("On Washing Hands") of Better by Atul Gawande 

Deadline: August 2

One of the themes Introduction to the Profession is quality improvement and teamwork: how we in medicine need to always be working to improve our care of individual patients and the systems in which we work. The book Better by Atul Gawande describes this improvement framework and will be part of Introduction to the Profession. Please read the Introduction and first chapter (“On Washing Hands”) of Better before Introduction to the Profession begins. If you need access to the book, please email Jenny Dick ( by July 21.

Digital Content & Student Hardware Recommendations

Please review both the Student Hardware recommendations (2021 version) as well as the Pre-Arrival IT Checklist (updated 6/25/2021).  Review this document to learn how you can use your current technology to maximize your learning.  And check out this document created by the Class of 2024 which provides their IT-related tips and tricks.

Like many other medical schools, in order to be environmentally responsible and to align our curriculum with the demands of paperless clinical practice, Feinberg has redesigned our curriculum management systems to ensure easy access to all curricular materials in a digital format (including documents, slides and videos). If you prefer to annotate slides and take notes via handwriting rather than typing, you should consider a tablet or computer that supports the use of a digital pen. Although there are many choices for notetaking software that students are welcome to explore, all Northwestern students can download Microsoft OneNote for free and obtain a free Microsoft365 account for cloud storage from Northwestern University Information Technology from this site. There will be an orientation to digital content during Introduction to the Profession Week as well as workshops and drop-in hours to assist students. However, these sessions will work best if you come having already tried to set up your devices, worked through the pre-arrival IT checklist and watched the IT how-to videos in advance. Students will also be using their own devices to take computer-based exams. 

Pre-Matriculation Modules

While the content from the pre-matriculation modules will be included on the first module exam, previous students have indicated they were very familiar with the material. Therefore, the modules are encouraged for students who do not have mastery of the material, but completion is not mandatory for all students. These online modules will be most helpful if they are completed prior to the start of the first Module, Monday, August 9. They can be accessed by signing into the Canvas Course Management System and clicking on Pre-Matriculation Modules – Class of 2025. You will need an active NetID and password to access the modules. If you have any difficulty, please contact Phase 1a SM coordinator Gia Whitlow.

Regardless of whether you complete the pre-matriculation modules, there is an overall assessment that you are required to complete and pass at 70 percent correct. You can repeat the assessment as many times as necessary to achieve mastery. 

AWOME Class of 2025 Survey

Deadline: July 12
This survey provides essential information for the Augusta Webster, MD, Office of Medical Education and will facilitate your placement into various educational groups.

Motivated Strategies for Learning Questionnaire

Deadline: July 30

This survey covers approaches to learning based on constructs from the learning sciences. We encourage all incoming students to complete the survey before arriving to campus, and then meet with director of Academic Success Josh Hopps, PhD, any time during the month of August to receive feedback on your academic profile, discuss common changes in approaches to learning in medical school, finding and effectively using resources, preparing for exams, time management and more. Once you’ve completed the survey, schedule your feedback meeting here.