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Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
MD Education

Medical Knowledge & Scholarship

Our graduates will demonstrate knowledge of the scientific basis of medicine, the ability to apply knowledge to patient care and contribute to scholarship in medicine through research or teaching.

Graduates will:

  • Demonstrate clinically relevant knowledge of the normal structure and function of the body at the molecular, cellular, organ and system levels.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the mechanisms (genetic, developmental, metabolic, toxic, microbiologic, autoimmune, neoplastic, degenerative and traumatic) of mental and physical illness.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of how illness, injury and age affect function and quality of life.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the clinical and laboratory manifestations of disease.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of pharmacology and other therapeutic modalities.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of epidemiology, biostatistics and the principles of primary, secondary and tertiary prevention of disease to make medical decisions.
  • Apply knowledge to diagnose illness and solve clinically relevant problems.
  • Apply knowledge to prevent and treat illness and improve quality of life.
  • Contribute to medical knowledge through research and the practice of evidence-based teaching and learning.
  • Demonstrate facility with research methods and complete a faculty-mentored scholarly project.
  • Demonstrate teaching skills when facilitating learning via presentations, small-group learning activities and discussions with faculty and peers.

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Medical Knowledge