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Class of 2024

Congratulations and welcome to Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine!

Below you will find a list of required tasks that must be completed by all MD students prior to arriving on campus. Students are encouraged to be proactive about these tasks. In some cases, items listed require time to prepare, therefore dates listed are when the preparation should be started. The actual due dates are listed as well. Even after the date has passed it is important to re-review the items to confirm you have completed all required steps. Check back regularly for updates regarding added tasks as well as deadlines. Please note that Curriculum Requirements and Surveys are listed in both the Curriculum Requirements and Surveys tab as well as in the Things to Do timeline.

CURRICULUM REQUIREMENTS & SURVEYS ACADEMIC CALENDAR

Things to Do

 April

Student Health Forms & Vaccinations, Housing

Student Health Forms & Vaccinations Requirements

Deadline: June 15 (start process early to allow time to complete by deadline)
It is strongly advised that you begin working on this form as soon as possible as it takes time to complete the requirements prior to the June deadline. A physical exam is not required, but a visit with your health provider may be necessary if you require additional immunizations. Incomplete health requirements will restrict you from participating in certain clinical activities. For further information, please visit the Entrance Health Requirements for Medical Students.

Student Housing

Start to explore housing options in and around campus. Check out the Medical Student Housing page of the MD Education site for information.

 May

Financial Aid, Student Health Forms & Vaccinations, Housing

Financial Aid

Once you have received your financial eligibility notice, please visit the next steps link to learn about accepting/declining loans, billing, additional forms, refunds and more.

Student Health Forms & Vaccinations Requirements

Deadline: June 15 (start process early to allow time to complete by deadline)
It is strongly advised that you begin working on this form as soon as possible as it takes time to complete the requirements prior to the June deadline. A physical exam is not required, but a visit with your health provider may be necessary if you require additional immunizations. Incomplete health requirements will restrict you from participating in certain clinical activities. For further information, please visit the Entrance Health Requirements for Medical Students.

Student Housing

Start to explore housing options in and around campus. Check out the Medical Student Housing page of the MD Education site for information.

 June

Drug Screening, Student Health Forms & Vaccinations Requirements, CTA/Ventra U-Pass Photo

Drug Screening

Deadline: Registration opens June 1; must be completed by July 1
Please review our policy. All accepted Feinberg students will be required to undergo drug testing for commonly abused controlled substances prior to matriculation at Feinberg. Linda Daniels, coordinator for Student Compliance and Support Services, will send all students an email at the end of May containing a student identification number. You'll use that to register for drug screening upon receiving the registration email from Certiphi Screening Services. If you do not receive an email from Certiphi Screening by June 5, please email Linda.

Student Health Forms & Vaccinations Requirements

Deadline: June 15
If you have not completed the Admission Health Record form, please do so as soon as possible. You will be restricted from certain clinical activities during the Introduction to the Profession week if you have not satisfied the health requirement. For further information, please see the Entrance Health Requirements for Medical Students.

CTA/VENTRA U-Pass Photo

Deadline: June 15
Please review the instructions and submit your photo by the deadline in order to receive your Ventra U-Pass during arrival week.

AWOME Class of 2024 Survey

Deadline: July 13
This survey provides essential information for the Augusta Webster, MD, Office of Medical Education and will facilitate your placement into various educational groups.

 July

Final Transcripts, Drug Screening, Criminal Background Check, White Coat, Student Profile, Disability Insurance, Wildcard Photo, Multi-Factor Authentication, Financial Aid, CAESAR E-Bill, Health Insurance Coverage, Incoming Class Surveys

Drug Screening

Deadline: July 1
Please review our policy. All accepted Feinberg students should have completed pre-matriculation drug testing for Feinberg.  Instructions and registration information from Certiphi Screening was emailed to students in June. If you do not receive an email from Certiphi, please email Linda Daniels as soon as possible.

Criminal Background Check

Deadline: Initiated on a rolling basis beginning Jan. 1; must be completed by July 1
All accepted students’ Criminal Background Checks will need to be completed no later than by July 1 of the matriculation year. Certiphi Screening Services will initiate the Criminal Background Check process with individual applicants via email as soon as they have received an acceptance (from any school) beginning Jan. 1. Criminal Background Checks are required by the State of Illinois. The objective of this program is to enhance patient health and safety, facilitate student access to affiliated clinical facilities and ensure eligibility for licensure. Learn more about the Criminal Background Check process.

Submit Your Final Transcript(s)

Deadline: July 1
This is the deadline to submit your final official transcript showing that you received your bachelor’s degree, and any other final transcripts showing additional coursework/programs completed. Transcripts should be sent to the Office of MD Admissions, either electronically from your school to med-admissions@northwestern.edu (preferred) or via regular mail (address below). Please note that the transcripts that AMCAS requested from you at the beginning of the application process were used for their application verification only and were not forwarded to the Admissions Office.

Northwestern University
Feinberg School of Medicine
Office of MD Admissions
310 E. Superior St.
Morton Building 1-606
Chicago, IL 60611-3008

White Coat Order Form

Deadline: July 1
White coats are provided for first-year students; you will, however, need to order your coat by the stated deadline so  your coat arrives on time. Please refer to the white coat size chart prior to placing your order. Complete the order form.

SIZE XXS XS S M L XL 2X 3X 4X 5x
Women's dress size 0-2 4-6 8-10 12-14 16-18 20w 22w-24w 26w-28w 30x-32w 34w-36w
Men's jacket size 26-28 30-32 34-36 38-40 42-44 46-48 50-52 54-56 58-60 62-64

Men's tall sizes are ordered according to numerical sizes 38L thru 56L.

Medical Student Profile

Deadline: July 1
The Augusta Webster, MD, Office of Medical Education is committed to cultivating an inclusive learning environment. This form will help facilitate that commitment.

Student Disability Insurance

Deadline: July 1
All students are required to enroll in the student group disability insurance plan, regardless of private health or disability insurance coverage. For enrollment information, please go to the Student Disability Insurance page on the MD Education site.

Mail your completed enrollment form to the following address (please do not return your enrollment form to the address listed on the form):

Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine,
Augusta Webster, MD, Office for Medical Education
C/O Linda Daniels
303 E. Chicago Ave., Ward 1-003
Chicago, IL 60611

Northwestern University Wildcard Photo

Deadline: Wildcard ID Portal Opens July 10; upload photo by July 12
You are required to submit a photo for your Wildcard ID. This should be done after you have activated your NetID and password.

Multi-Factor Authentication at Northwestern

Deadline: July 10
CAESAR is the system where you can view your student account, update your address and manage your financial aid. Logging in to self-service CAESAR requires Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA). MFA uses your personal phone to provide a second layer of password security. Register your phone now so you are ready to use CAESAR. Registration is an easy online process that is compatible with any phone. For questions about MFA registration, login or NetID-related issues, please contact the IT Support Center at 847-491-4357 (1-HELP).

Financial Aid

In early July you can accept or decline financial aid offers via CAESAR. If you have not done so already, please visit the next steps link to learn how to accept/decline your loans, billing, refunds and more. 

CAESAR E-Bill

Bill Released for viewing July 10
Deadline to remit payment: Aug. 1
E-bills will be available July 10 via Northwestern’s electronic student account billing system CAESAR. The payment due date is Aug. 1.

Northwestern Student Health Insurance Coverage Option

Deadline: July 1-Oct. 1
All students are required to accept or decline participation in the Northwestern University Student Health Insurance Plan. All international students are required to accept Student Health Insurance regardless of private coverage. Students will be notified by email when to enroll or waive student health insurance. Please visit the main webpage for details about enrollment and waiver options.

Required Medical Equipment

Deadline: July 10
Please make sure all required medical equipment is purchased by the deadline.

AWOME Class of 2024 Survey

Deadline: July 13
This Class of 2024 survey provides essential information for the Augusta Webster, MD, Office of Medical Education and will facilitate your placement into various educational groups.

Entering Class of 2024 Profile Survey

Deadline: July 15

This profile survey helps us share valuable information with our prospective students and Feinberg communities and improve our processes for a more welcoming and valuable experience.

Required Resources

Please review the list of required curricular resources.

Motivated Strategies for Learning Questionnaire (MSLQ) 

Deadline: July 2020
The MSLQ survey covers approaches to learning based on constructs from the learning sciences. We encourage all incoming students to complete the survey before arriving to campus and then meet with director of Academic Success Josh Hopps, PhD, any time during the month of August to receive feedback on your academic profile and to discuss common changes in approaches to learning in medical school, finding and effectively using resources, preparing for exams, time management and more. Once you’ve completed the survey, contact Jenny Dick to schedule your feedback meeting.

 August

Digital Content & Hardware Recommendations, Pre-Matriculation Modules

Digital Content & Student Hardware Recommendations

Deadline: August 2020
Please review both the Student Hardware recommendations  as well as the Pre-arrival IT checklist (not to be started until after July 10). Like many other medical schools, in order to be environmentally responsible and to align our curriculum with the demands of paperless clinical practice, Feinberg has redesigned our curriculum management systems to ensure easy access to all curricular materials in a digital format (including documents, slides and videos). If you prefer to annotate slides and take notes via handwriting rather than typing, you should consider a tablet or computer that supports the use of a digital pen. Although there are many choices for notetaking software that students are welcome to explore, all Northwestern students can download Microsoft OneNote for free and obtain a free Microsoft365 account for cloud storage from Northwestern University Information Technology by following the embedded links. There will be an orientation to digital content during Intro to the Profession week as well as workshops and drop-in hours to assist students. However, these sessions will work best if you come having already tried to set up your devices and watched the IT how-to videos in advance. Students will also be using their own devices to take computer-based exams.

How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi

This recent book discusses racism and inequality in our society and is particularly relevant at this time for all us. It will form the basis of some sessions during the Introduction to the Profession week, and we ask that you read it before arrival to Feinberg. It is available widely on Amazon. If you are unable to gain access to a copy, please email Jenny Dick directly at jenny.dick@northwestern.edu.

Pre-Matriculation Modules

Deadline: Aug. 10
While the content from the pre-matriculation modules will be included on the first module exam, previous students have indicated they were very familiar with the material. Therefore, the modules are encouraged for students who do not have mastery of the material but completion is not mandatory for all students. These on-line modules will be most helpful if they are completed prior to the start of the first Module, Monday, Aug. 10. They can be accessed by signing into the Canvas Course Management System and clicking on Pre-Matriculation Modules – Class of 2024. You will need an active NetID and password to access the modules. If you have any difficulty, please contact Phase 1a SM coordinator Gia Whitlow.

Regardless of whether you complete the pre-matriculation modules, there is an overall assessment that you are required to complete and pass at 70 percent correct. You can repeat the assessment as many times as necessary to achieve mastery.