Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
Honors Program in Medical Education

Director's Message

Welcome to the Honors Program in Medical Education (HPME) website. In my role as program director, I am privileged to interact with many of Northwestern’s brightest students during their educational career in medicine. It is an honor to influence HPME students on ways to be impactful during their undergraduate studies while preparing for a career in medicine.

HPME was established at Northwestern in 1961. The program admits students simultaneously to one of three undergraduate colleges at Northwestern University in Evanston and to the Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago.

HPME offers many benefits and includes the opportunity for personalization and flexibility of study to each student’s unique interests. All HPME students are required to take a core science sequence of Biology, Physics and Chemistry courses to prepare for success in medical school.  Beyond this core curriculum, each student also has the freedom to explore their own passions when selecting a course of study. HPME faculty advisers work with each student to design a custom curriculum incorporating a student’s academic and personal goals and interests. Though HPME is designed to allow for completion of an undergraduate degree in three years, students are encouraged to consider taking a gap year to pursue additional opportunities prior to arriving at the Feinberg School of Medicine.  With this additional time, students have pursued unique and exciting opportunities that would not be feasible without the flexibility offered by the HPME program. In addition, HPME offers undergraduate students connections with world-renowned leaders in medicine on the Feinberg campus through research, Public and Global Health experiences, internships and quarterly events. The opportunities and experiences of our students are unique and offer an early start to pursue varied academic interests.

We welcome your interest in our program. Please feel free to contact our program office with any questions. 

Aarati D Didwania, MD

Aarati D Didwania, MD
Program Director
Honors Program in Medical Education