Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Education

Staff

Awome Faculty & Staff

Creating future generations of excellent physicians goes beyond the laboratory, classroom and care setting. Augusta Webster, MD, Office of Medical Education's (AWOME) staff of professionals offer the student population valuable support in everything from career planning to technical assistance. They welcome student comments, questions, and concerns.

Rebecca Becker

Rebecca Becker
Coordinator, Phase 1A Science in Medicine
312-503-7884

Rebecca supports and coordinates all aspects of the Science in Medicine curriculum in Phase 1a, as well as providing TBL support and Mediasite support.
Larry Cochard, PhD

Larry Cochard, PhD
Anatomy Lab and Histology Lab Director
View Profile
312-503-0575

Dr. Cochard is director of the anatomy and histology laboratories in the Science in Medicine (SM) element during Phase 1A of the curriculum. He teaches anatomy, histology, and embryology throughout the SM element. Dr. Cochard is a resource for any issues and questions related to anatomy, embryology, and histology.

Linda Daniels

Linda Daniels
Coordinator for Student Support Services
312-503-0434

Linda serves as the medical school liaison to student accounts, health services, health insurance, disability insurance, and the health information management service departments. She also identifies and provides housing resources; scholarship, fellowship, and research grant opportunities. In addition to these responsibilities, Linda assists the dean of student programs with preparing letters of support for students who participate in extra-academic programs and manages the CTA UPass program for medical students.

Allison Deneen

Allison Deneen
Coordinator
312-503-3295

Allison works closely with the education deans to address and coordinate educational initiatives and projects (LCME accreditation process, longitudinal educational surveys, student perception surveys, etc.). She is the coordinator for specific educational committees, as well as for the Focused Clinical Experiences.
Nicole Fancher

Nicole Fancher
Coordinator for the Honors Program in Medical Education (HPME)
312-503-8915

Nicole coordinates the admissions process for high school seniors applying to the Honors Program in Medical Education (HPME). She communicates with prospective applicants, their parents and counselors. In addition, Nicole coordinates special events for the HPME students on the Evanston campus and tracks student's performance during the undergraduate phase of the program.

Patricia Garcia MD, MPH

Patricia Garcia MD, MPH
Director, Phase 1 & Phase 2
View Profile
312-503-1898

Dr. Garcia oversees the planning and implementation of the first three years of the Feinberg curriculum. She is a Maternal-Fetal Medicine specialist who enjoys working with students, residents and fellow in the Women's HIV Clinic and Labor and Delivery.
Cynthia Gonzalez

Cynthia Gonzalez
Assistant Director of Financial Aid
312-503-1923

Cynthia is available to discuss any issues regarding financial aid for Feinberg students and student loan repayment. She provides our students with the information necessary to make educated decisions concerning financial aid.

Marianne Green, MD

Marianne Green, MD
Senior Associate Dean for Medical Education
Associate Dean for Medical Education & Competency Achievement
Associate Professor of Medicine (General Internal Medicine and Geriatrics) and Medical Education
View Profile
312-503-0394

Dr. Green works closely with students in regards to career advising and academic achievement. She is leading Feinberg's Competency Education Initiative. Dean Green is a practicing internist at NMFF and teaches both students and residents in her clinic and on the medicine wards.

Heather Heiman, MD

Heather Heiman, MD
Medical Director, Clinical Education Center
View Profile
312-503-6451

Dr. Heiman is medical co-director of the Clinical Education Center (CEC). She helps medical students learn history-taking and physical exam skills, develops clinical skills assessments, and mentors fourth-year medical students teaching in the CEC. She also directs the Remediation Task Force for the school and teaches both medical students and residents in her outpatient internal medicine clinic.
Suzanne Hodges

Suzanne Hodges
Administrative Director
312-503-0573

Suzanne oversees financial, administrative and human resource activity. This includes working with Medical Education Deans, Faculty and Staff regarding financial matters related to curricular development and implementation, general office operations and oversees new staff onboarding.

Terry Long

Terry Long
Coordinator, Health and Society (Phase 1a and 1b, Phase 2, 3), Health and Society Threads: Lifestyle Medicine (LM), Health Equity and Advocacy (HEA), Teamwork and Leadership (TL), Delivery of Optimized Care (DOC), Organization and Economics of Medicine (OEM), Healthcare Quality and Patient Safety (HQPS), Interdisciplinary Curriculum Phase 2 (IC2), Synthesis and Application Module 1 (SAM 1), Introduction to Phase 3
312-503-0729

Terry supports and coordinates all aspects of the daily student and faculty activities related to the Health and Society Element and Threads.  He also supports IC2, SAM 1 and Intro to Phase 3.

Allison Matricaria

Allison Matricaria
Senior Curriculum Coordinator
312-503-8798

Allison supports the centralized curriculum including assisting the curriculum coordinators in supporting courses and the recruitment of new mentors. Additionally, she coordinates and supports the daily M4 teaching Selective requirement. She is available as a resource for the educational programs for both faculty and student questions.

Stephanie Miller

Stephanie Miller
Director of Registration & Records / Registrar
312-503-0974

After serving in an interim capacity during a search to replace the school's longtime registrar, Stephanie was promoted to the position in late 2012. Stephanie also serves as the school's Director of Registration & Records. In this capacity she oversees the staff of the visiting student program and alumni records services. Stephanie works closely with the students to address their scheduling needs, support their applications for various externship opportunities, posts their grades and audits their medical school progress.

Jason Nettum

Jason Nettum
Standardized Patient Trainer
312-503-5289

Jason works in collaboration with clinical skills faculty and staff and is responsible for recruiting, hiring and training standardized patients (SPs) at the Clinical Education Center.  He works within the Phase 1B and Phase 2 Clinical Medicine Curriculum including surgery and psychiatry clerkships.

Ciara Noel

Ciara Noel
Program Assistant
312-503-1057

Ciara provides administrative support to the deans within AWOME.  She also assists with scheduling meetings for Dr. Thomas and Dr. Garcia.
Celia O'Brien

Celia O'Brien
Director of Assessment and Program Evaluation
View Profile
312-503-3888

Dr. O’Brien oversees the assessment system at the Feinberg School of Medicine, including the electronic portfolio. She is also co-chair of the Program Evaluation & Improvement Subcommittee, which studies curricular outcomes.

Kerensa Peterson

Kerensa Peterson
Standardized Patient Trainer
312-503-0170

Kerensa works in collaboration with clinical skills faculty and staff and is responsible for recruiting, hiring and training standardized patients (SPs) at the Clinical Education Center.  She works within the Phase 2 Clinical Medicine Curriculum including the pediatric, obstetric s and gynecology and neurology clerkships. In addition, Kerensa works on projects with the Physician Assistant Program, Departments of Physical Therapy, Genetic Counseling, Family Medicine and Neonatology.

Clare Petrie

Clare Petrie
Coordinator, Phase 1 Clinical Medicine (CM), Diagnostic Testing, and Teaching Selective
312-503-0654

Clare supports and coordinates all aspects of the Phase 1 Clinical Medicine element including the student and faculty activities that happen within the Clinical Education Center (CEC) and the Individual Preceptorship (IP)/Education Centered Medical Home (ECMH). She also coordinates the Diagnostic Testing Thread, the M4 Teaching Selective and Intro to Phase 3.

Matthew Porubcansky

Matthew Porubcansky
Software/Video Technician
312-503-1124

Matt operates all of the Clinical Education Center’s (CEC) AV/software equipment used for video recording learners during their clinical encounters with standardized patients. He is the Clinical Education Center’s IT liaison for maintaining 50 computer operating capabilities and software.   In addition, Matt supports and helps to coordinate clinical skills class sessions.  He is THE VOICE making intercom announcements during clinical skills practice and testing sessions.  

Mary Rachuy

Mary Rachuy
Academic Records Asst 3
312-503-1225

Mary handles inquiries regarding student transcripts, copies of diplomas, verification, state licensure forms, and National Boards applications for both current students and alumni.

Terence Ro

Terence Ro
Program Assistant
312-503-0440

Terence manages the front desk of the Augusta Webster Office of Medical Education and provides general administrative support to Dr. Sanguino.

David Salzman, MD

David Salzman, MD
Director of Simulation for Undergraduate Medical Education & Director of Phase 3
View Profile
312-503-5070

Dr. Salzman is responsible for the integration of simulation-based education into all four years of the medical school curriculum, the Synthesis and Application Modules, as well as the implementation of the new Capstone course occurring at the conclusion of Phase 3.  He is an Emergency Medicine physician working with medical students and residents at Northwestern Memorial Hospital.

Sandy Sanguino, MD

Sandy Sanguino, MD
Associate Dean for Student Affairs
View Profile
312-503-0345

Dr. Sanguino is responsible for medical student programs and activities, career counseling, and residency advising. She is a pediatrician at Lurie Children's Hospital and works with medical students and residents in her clinic and in the hospital.

Ana Sferruzza

Ana Sferruzza
Standardized Patient Trainer
312-503-5285

Ana works in collaboration with clinical skills faculty and staff and is responsible for recruiting, hiring and training standardized patients (SPs) at the Clinical Education Center.   She works with SPs within the Phase 1A and Phase 2 Clinical Medicine Curriculum including primary care and internal medicine clerkships. In addition, Ana works with faculty on resident research projects. 

Sue Anne Tae

Sue Anne Tae
Coordinator, Professional Development (PD)
312-503-0430

Sue Anne supports and coordinates all aspects of the student and faculty activities related to the Professional Development element for all phases. She also coordinates the Synthesis and Application Modules during Phases 1 and 2.

John X. Thomas, Jr., PhD

John X. Thomas, Jr., PhD
Professor of Physiology and Medical Education
View Profile
312-503-1691

A physiologist by training, Dr. Thomas gives many of the cardiovascular and general physiology lectures in the cardiovascular-blood module during Phase 1A.

Lisa Rawlani

Lisa Rawlani
Coordinator, Phase 1b Science in Medicine (SM) and Area of Scholarly Concentration (AOSC)
312-503-1763

Lisa supports and coordinates all aspects of the daily student and faculty activities related to the Phase 1b Science in Medicine element. She also coordinators all the Area of Scholarly Concentration (AOSC) for both students and faculty.

Toshi Uchida, MD

Toshi Uchida, MD
Director, Clinical Skills Education
View Profile
312-503-6486

Dr. Uchida is medical co-director of Clinical Skills Education at Feinberg. She oversees the curriculum that teaches medical students the clinical skills required to become practicing physicians, including patient-physician communication, medical history taking, physical examination and clinical reasoning across the M1-M4 years. She is a practicing general internist and primary care physician and works with students and residents in both outpatient and inpatient settings.

Erin Unterbrink

Erin Unterbrink
Senior Coordinator for Assessment
312-503-4567

Erin coordinates the exams for the first and second year medical students and develops and implements procedures related to evaluation and assessment.

Jessica Voth, MS

Jessica Voth, MS
Coordinator, Problem Based Learning (PBL), and Medical Decision Making (MDM)
312-503-2165

Jessica supports and coordinates all aspects of the daily student and faculty activities related to the Problem Based Learning (PBL) and Medical Decision Making (MDM) aspects of the curriculum.

Marsha Yelen, RN, MSN

Marsha Yelen, RN, MSN
Director of Standardized Patient Programs
312-503-1124

As Director of Standardized Patient (SP) Programs, Marsha oversees the administration of all clinical education, assessment and research activities utilizing Standardized Patients (SPs) in the Clinical Education Center. These activities help students at the undergraduate and graduate levels learn and master clinical competencies in areas of communication, history taking, physical exam, counseling and clinical reasoning skills.