Inspiring future generations of healthcare professionals requires early interventions – getting kids passionate about STEM, aware of available professions, and seeing a path for themselves within the fields of medicine and biomedical research. Our Feinberg faculty, staff, students, and trainees contribute to this early education and inspiration via the following initiatives.
High School Visits
The Office of Diversity and Inclusion hosts campus visits for high school students filled with activities and lively conversation to help young people learn about medicine and the health professions. Feinberg students teach high school youth to suture, dissect, or conduct basic exam skills. Visitors are able to explore medicine through conversations with Feinberg students about their educational and personal journeys. High schoolers spend time touring campus and learning about the process of becoming a physician.
Contact us for more information or to schedule a visit.
The Northwestern Medicine Scholars Program offers enriching experiences and opportunities for outstanding local high school students at George Westinghouse College Prep to explore potential careers in medicine as future physicians and biomedical scientists. It’s a chance for students to work with the country’s leading physicians and researchers at a premier academic medical center in order to enrich and inform their career decisions through a variety of supportive activities.
Learn more about this program via the NM Scholars website.
The Women's Health Research Institute, headed by Teresa Woodruff, PhD, offers the Women's Health Science Program for high school girls and beyond to provide science education programs to females from underserved communities. WHSP targets young women who are considering careers in science and medicine and prepares them with valuable knowledge and skills to successfully become the next generation of women science leaders.
Also led by Dr. Woodruff, the Oncofertility Consortium at Northwestern University hosts Oncofertilty Saturday Academy, a program for high school girls to explore the basic sciences, clinical applications, and career options in reproductive science, cancer biology, and oncofertility.
For more information about these programs, see the Oncofertility Consortium at Northwestern University and Women's Health Research Institute websites.
Northwestern University MOOC
Faculty member Melissa Simon, MD, developed and launched a Northwestern University massive open online course (MOOC) called Career 911: Your Future Job in Medicine and Healthcare. This course aims to help high school students, recent graduates, and those considering career transitions explore health care career options and learn strategies for entry into the health care workforce and health related fields.
Additional High School Student Programs
Beyond our office, Feinberg-affiliated institutions contribute to high school outreach in the Chicago area. Learn more via the links below.