The Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine MD curriculum has a competency-based education framework. This structure explicitly defines our curricular expectations and goals as well as our assessment standards. Ultimately, we expect that a student's progress in his or her undergraduate medical education is defined by achievement of competence rather than the amount of time spent in curricular activities. For this reason, we aim to provide a certain degree of flexibility for students in our curriculum.
Department of Surgery Curriculum Goals
- To provide exposure to the breadth and depth of the surgical sciences by enabling students to function, under guidance of a precepting surgeon, as a contributing member of the surgical team.
- To introduce the principles of surgery and the rationale behind surgical therapeutic intervention through self-directed learning activities.
- To provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary to provide patient care: to diagnose surgical diseases, and to determine criteria for surgical referral while fostering the development of life-long learning skills.
- To foster student growth in the areas of communication skills, practice-based learning, medical ethics and moral reasoning, professionalism and social and community context of healthcare.