Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
MD Education

Professional Development

Professional and personal development are central to students' pathways through medical school. This element plays a big part in three components of our teaching:

  • Area of Scholarly Concentration: This is a highly mentored scholarly exploration tailored to the individual interests of each student. It helps students develop a long-term mentoring relationship with a faculty member and provides support through regular small-group meetings. Plus, it addresses the competency of Medical Knowledge & Scholarship.
  • Medical Humanities and Bioethics: Students take a sequence of courses in clinical ethics and attend two sequences of Seminars in Medical Humanities and Applied Arts. Both support the competency of Professional Behavior & Moral Reasoning.
  • Personal Transition to the Profession: This is a monthly course addresses the competency of Personal Awareness & Self-Care and allows students to discuss issues of personal and professional identity. Each month has a specific topic, such as work-life balance or coping with mistakes.

Learn more about teaching opportunities within this element.

Faculty Leaders and Curriculum Coordinator

Joshua Hauser, MD

Catherine Belling, PhD

Sue Anne Tae

Thread Leader

Richard Green, MD
AOSC Chair