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Feinberg students, residents and fellows are doing some extraordinary things in the clinical spaces, research labs and out in the community. Here we share internal and external recognition they have received.

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  • Thu, 25 Jun 2020
    Feet on the Ground
    Building equitable relationships with community leaders and framing research questions around residents’ priorities is the core principle of community-engaged research, and IPHAM, along with ARCC, have been leaders in the field.
  • Wed, 24 Jun 2020
    Advancing Health Equity for the LGBTQ Community
    Northwestern University’s Institute for Sexual and Gender Minority Health and Wellbeing has become a leader in sexual and gender minority health research and intervention programs with the goal of advancing health equity for the LGBTQ community.
  • Tue, 23 Jun 2020
    Combating Discrimination in Medical Education
    Medical schools can help combat discrimination by creating safe spaces for underrepresented minority (URM) medical students, according to Quentin Youmans, ’15 MD, who founded the STRIVE program which connects URM medical students at Feinberg with URM resident mentors.
  • Mon, 15 Jun 2020
    Kneeling for Racial Justice
    Hundreds of Northwestern Medicine leaders, physicians, trainees, students, administrators and healthcare workers knelt for 10 minutes outside of Prentice Women’s Hospital on Friday, June 5. The White Coats For Black Lives event was a solemn moment for the community to remember and honor George Floyd, to stand against racial injustice, and to express solidarity with those who suffer from racial discrimination.
  • Mon, 15 Jun 2020
    Students Help Combat Food Insecurity During Pandemic
    Fueling Our Communities, started by a group of fourth-year medical students, has been working to address food insecurity among vulnerable patient populations in Chicago.
  • Fri, 05 Jun 2020
    Medical Education in the Time of COVID-19
    The persistence of SARS-Cov-2 may fundamentally alter the landscape of medical education and hospital training, according to a Northwestern Medicine editorial published in Science Advances.
  • Wed, 03 Jun 2020
    Medical Students Hold Online COVID-19 Education Sessions
    A team of Feinberg medical students are holding online COVID-19 information sessions for community members and organizations across the Chicagoland area.
  • Thu, 28 May 2020
    Hill Receives Diversity Award from Orthopaedic Society
    James Hill, '74 MD, '79 GME, has dedicated much of his career to advocating for diversity in medicine and orthopaedic surgery.
  • Tue, 26 May 2020
    Medical Student Helps Distribute PPE Across Chicago
    Tricia Pendergrast, a first-year student, helped start GetMePPEChicago, an organization that has distributed more than 60,000 N95 protective masks and other protective personal equipment to healthcare workers around the city.
  • Fri, 22 May 2020
    Faculty Share Expertise on Continuing COVID-19 Response Efforts
    According to several recent editorials published by Feinberg faculty, there are large and complex issues to grapple with, from COVID-19’s devastating impact on African-Americans to maintaining critical care standards in the face of an unprecedented pandemic.
  • Wed, 20 May 2020
    ISGMH Awarded $13.7 Million to Study HIV, Relationships and Substance Use in Sexual and Gender Minorities
    Northwestern’s Institute for Sexual and Gender Minority Health and Wellbeing was recently awarded a $13.7 million, five-year grant from the National Institute on Drug Abuse to advance and expand its innovative RADAR research program on HIV, relationships, and substance use among young men who have sex with men, transgender women, and nonbinary individuals assigned male at birth in Chicago.
  • Tue, 19 May 2020
    Celebrating the MD Class of 2020
    Feinberg celebrated the MD Class of 2020 at the school’s 161st commencement ceremony, which was held virtually this year through Zoom on May 18.
  • Fri, 08 May 2020
    Transitioning to Virtual Medical Curriculum in Response to COVID-19
    In response to the COVID-19 pandemic and the state of Illinois’ stay-at-home order, Feinberg transformed nearly its entire medical school curriculum to be delivered online. Online learning efforts include virtual simulation courses, telehealth visits, virtual standardized patient exams and online team-based active learning activities.
  • Mon, 04 May 2020
    MSTP Student Explores Mechanisms of Sex Differences in Alzheimer’s Disease
    Sky Dominguez, a second-year student in the Medical Scientist Training Program, is currently studying the biological mechanisms underlying a sex difference in Alzheimer’s disease, as approximately two-thirds of those with the disease are women.
  • Mon, 27 Apr 2020
    Student Explores Declining Opioid Prescriptions
    Ben Smith, a second-year medical student, led a study that found opioid prescriptions declined significantly between 2013 and 2018 in the Northwestern Memorial Hospital Emergency Department.
  • Mon, 20 Apr 2020
    Adapting the Education Centered Medical Home to the COVID-19 Crisis
    Students are conducting telehealth visits and reaching out to patients at high risk of complications from COVID-19, part of the transition of the Education Centered Medical Home to virtual care.
  • Thu, 16 Apr 2020
    Sustaining Community Research Partnerships During COVID-19
    The Center for Community Health’s Alliance for Research in Chicagoland Communities (ARCC) hosted a virtual discussion for participants to share experiences, strategies and challenges about engaging and supporting community-engaged research partners during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Mon, 13 Apr 2020
    First-Year Student Helps Organize COVID-19 Student Volunteer Effort
    First-year medical student Tazim Merchant co-organized the “Students Supporting the Community During COVID-19” project, a volunteer effort among medical students and graduate students at Feinberg that support healthcare workers, older community members and working parents in Chicago during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Wed, 01 Apr 2020
    Elevated Gene Expression Linked to Poor Glioblastoma Survival
    The elevated expression of a gene called LY6K was correlated with increased cancer cell growth and resistance to radiation therapy in glioblastoma, according to a recent Northwestern Medicine study.
  • Thu, 26 Mar 2020
    Medical Students Organize Volunteers to Help Community
    Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine students have organized a volunteer effort among medical students and graduate students to help support health care workers, older community members at higher risk for COVID-19 and working parents during the pandemic.
  • Fri, 20 Mar 2020
    Celebrating Feinberg’s 2020 Residency Match
    Fourth-year students celebrated their residency matches and reflected on their time at Feinberg during an unconventional Match Day.
  • Fri, 20 Mar 2020
    Medical Honor Society Welcomes 2020 Inductees
    Northwestern’s Alpha Omega Alpha honor society chapter inducted 35 new members last week, including Feinberg students, residents, fellows, faculty and alumni.
  • Mon, 16 Mar 2020
    Student Embraces a Nontraditional Path to Medical School
    Marlise Pierre-Wright, a second-year medical student, hopes to use her experience working in health policy and her medical school education to be an advocate for patients both in the clinic and in the federal government.
  • Thu, 12 Mar 2020
    Investigating the Genetic Mechanisms Behind Uterine Fibroids
    A recent Northwestern Medicine study has identified that a transcription factor protein called AP-1 regulates gene enhancers that may be responsible for promoting the development of uterine fibroids.
  • Mon, 09 Mar 2020
    Delivering Bad News: ‘Patients Remember These Conversations Forever’
    A Northwestern Medicine study shows how simulation-based mastery learning helps train physicians to have difficult conversations with patients in a clear and compassionate way.
  • Thu, 05 Mar 2020
    Genetic Toolkit Supports Development of Customized Cancer Therapies
    A novel genetic toolkit developed by Northwestern Medicine scientists may support the development of customized therapeutic interventions for a breadth of diseases, according to a recent study published in Nature Communications.
  • Fri, 28 Feb 2020
    Student Helps Organize Northwestern’s Inaugural Healthcare Hackathon
    Neha Reddy, a second-year MSTP student, recently co-founded Northwestern’s first Health Hackathon, a two-day event focused on exploring challenges in the current healthcare system and designing creative solutions.
  • Tue, 25 Feb 2020
    Student Investigates Impact of Medicine Beyond the Clinic
    Kassandra Samuel, a third-year medical student, is interested in improving surgery — both when patients are under the knife and during their recovery.
  • Wed, 19 Feb 2020
    Gene Pathway Shows Therapeutic Potential for Treatment of Autoimmune Diseases
    A team of Northwestern Medicine investigators identified a specific gene as a key regulator of immune cells called invariant natural killer T cells, which may present therapeutic potential for the treatment of autoimmune diseases.
  • Mon, 17 Feb 2020
    Student Aims for the Crossroads of Medicine and Scientific Discovery
    After a stint at the Department of Health and Human Services, Ariel Thames, a third-year MSTP student, is working to do the most good by using her policy knowledge and scientific acumen to channel research discoveries into effective treatments.

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