Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine


Area of Scholarly Concentration

The mission of the Area of Scholarly Concentration (AOSC) is to train students to perform a highly mentored project which culminates with the writing of a thesis. The goals of this program include the performance, in a individualized area of independent study – of a hypothesis-driven investigation or formal project in biomedical research or medically-related field; Areas of investigation include clinical investigation, translational medicine, global health, community and family health, medical humanities and the medical social sciences. These investigations will enhance the student’s ability to identify and solve problems, encourage critical thinking and develop mentored relationships with Northwestern University and Feinberg faculty members.

We've organized information on responsibilities, documents, funding, and more by year via the links below.

Important Dates for AOSC Students

Class of 2020
AOSC Preliminary Proposal: Friday, December 16, 2016
AOSC Proposal: Friday, February 17, 2017

Class of 2019
M2 Poster Session: Friday, September 23, 2016

Class of 2017
Thesis Outline: Monday, July 25, 2016
Thesis Paper: Friday, January 20, 2017

Find Out More

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AOSC Course Director
Professor of Medicine
Richard M. Green, MD

AOSC Coordinator
Lisa Rawlani

AOSC Faculty Advisors
Clinical Investigation
Daniel Toft, MD, PhD
Bernice Ruo, MD, MAS

Translational Medicine
Karen Sheehan, MD, MPH
Jon Lomasney, MD

Community and Family Medicine
Virginia Bishop, MD, MPH

Global Health
Shannon Galvin, MD
Chad J. Achenbach, MD, MPH

Medical Social Sciences
Cindy Nowinski, MD, PhD

Medical Humanities and Bioethics
Sarah Rodriguez, PhD