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Our History

With its opening ceremonies held in October 1859, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine was born in Chicago over 150 years ago. Our institution has contributed greatly to medical discovery and education, from admitting women into the medical school for the first time in the fall of 1926 to Northwestern faculty members staffing military hospitals in greater numbers than faculty members from any other medical school during World War II. Soon after in 1946, Northwestern was the first medical school to establish a link to the U.S. Veterans Administration.

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