Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Office for Regulatory Affairs

Annual Disclosure of External Professional Relationships Survey

Fundamental to the missions of Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine (Feinberg), Northwestern Memorial HealthCare (NMHC), Children’s Hospital of Chicago Medical Center (Lurie Children's), and the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab is the advancement of public health. This mission is critically dependent upon the public's trust in the integrity of the research, education, and patient care performed at our institutions. To that end, our academic medical community's relationships with industry or other external affiliates, which often result in breakthroughs in medical research and promising new therapies, should be encouraged, but also keenly monitored. These relationships must not be or appear to be influenced by factors other than the pursuit of knowledge and the best interests of the patient.

With this in mind, these Northwestern-affiliated entities have adopted policies that require physicians, faculty, management, and certain staff to disclose industry and certain other external relationships through an annual survey. Each person's responses are reviewed, and, if necessary, individual conflict management plans are developed and implemented. Much of the information gathered from faculty through the survey is posted for the public via Feinberg Faculty Profiles, to which NMHC's website links.

Role Specific Information

Role-based information about the survey process is available via the links below.
Please note: You may be both a "Facilitator" and a "User."

2018 Survey

This year's disclosure survey will launch on February 1, 2018, covering external professional relationships and/or activities for the calendar year 2017. The deadline to submit your annual disclosure survey will be February 28, 2018. An email notification containing a link to the 2018 survey and login instructions will be sent out in 2018. Individuals who hold the following roles (organized by the institution) are expected to complete the survey:

Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine (Feinberg)

Northwestern Memorial HealthCare (NMHC*)

*In 2018, surveyed roles may vary by subsidiaries.

Children’s Hospital of Chicago Medical Center (Lurie Children's)

The Shirley Ryan AbilityLab


Should you have trouble finding an appropriate section or if you have any questions about this content, please contact the Joint Affiliate Annual Disclosure Survey Administration Team via email or by phone at 312-503-7878.