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Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
MD Education

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.

Graduates will:

  1. Describe awareness of personal values, implicit biases and changes in perspective during the progression through medical school. Define how differences between personal values and the values of team members and patients may result in conflict that affects patient care.
  2. Describe the importance of taking steps to optimize physical and mental health to prevent burnout. Describe the consequences associated with it, such as isolation, depression and loss of empathy, as well as coping strategies, including seeking appropriate assistance as needed.
  3. Create a thoughtful and deliberate plan for identifying areas of medicine that fit personal goals and abilities through full participation in professional development activities, such as writing a personal statement, creating a curriculum vitae and seeking assistance from advisers.

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Personal Awareness