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Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
MD Education

Clinical Medicine

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Clinical Medicine training begins on the first day of medical school with a carefully planned curriculum that provides consistent, authentic and stage-appropriate exposure to patients. The Clinical Medicine curriculum includes communication skills, medical interviewing, physical examination, written and verbal presentations, clinical reasoning and advanced clinical skills.

Students have the opportunity to learn these clinical skills in small groups led by an expert faculty member. Students practice with standardized patients in the Clinical Education Center, focusing on illnesses relevant to the science content they're studying. They then apply those newly acquired skills in patient-care settings in the Education-Centered Medical Home. Concurrently, the Medical Decision-Making and Diagnostic Testing threads equip students with the skills required to practice evidence-based medicine. Our curriculum prepares students to apply and further hone their clinical skills during their clinical rotations.  

Learn more about teaching opportunities within this element.


Faculty Leader and Curriculum Coordinator

Toshi Uchida, MD
Clinical Medicine Element Leader

Anna Reczynski

Suzy Schmidt, MD
Assistant Element Leader – Clinical Medicine Phase 1

Ronak Patel , MD
Assistant Element Leader – Clinical Medicine Phase 2 & 3

Marion Stanley, MD
Clinical Medicine – Inpatient Experience