Our MD curriculum trains students to practice 21st-century medicine. Our educational programs are part of an integrated, learner-centered environment that promotes inquiry, continuity and evidence-based learning.
The majority of students come to Feinberg through the American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS). Three distinctive programs are available.
The Doctor of Medicine program is designed to prepare students as medical professionals in a time of significant change in healthcare delivery and exciting opportunities for further advancement in the science of medicine. The curriculum, updated in 2012, is organized into three phases, emphasizing integration of four main curricular elements: Science in Medicine, Clinical Medicine, Health & Society and Professional Development.
Early Decision Programs
Early Decision Program (EDP)
Feinberg has a small, selective early decision MD program inaugurated in 2019. While preference will be given to EDP applicants who have demonstrated a strong academic performance, equally important are other attributes such as interpersonal skills, service, medically-related experiences, humanitarianism, teaching, interest in research and/or other meaningful life experiences. Prospective EDP candidates should review the Entering Class Profile.
Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP)
The MSTP program allows students to work toward both an MD and PhD degree through the medical school and The Graduate School, respectively. Students are first admitted to the medical school before applying for the MSTP.
We offer students a number of ways to personalize their education. These formal dual-degree programs that may be considered after acceptance.
The MD/MPH Program allows students in the medical school to earn a Master of Public Health degree part-time in the evening while they earn an MD at Feinberg. The program is administered through the Department of Preventive Medicine. Students should first be accepted into the medical school before applying to The Graduate School.
Combined MD/MS HSOR
The Master of Science in Health Services & Outcomes Research (HSOR) can be completed by taking a gap year between the third and fourth years of medical school. Students interested in improving healthcare delivery, health outcomes and health policy through research should apply to The Graduate School during the third year of the MD program.
Combined MD/MS HQPS
The Master of Science in Healthcare Quality & Patient Safety (HQPS) is part-time and can be completed in the first two years of medical school.
Feinberg MD students can combine their medical training with a Master of Business Administration degree (MBA) from Kellogg through Northwestern's joint-degree program. Students will apply during their third year of medical school.
The combined MD/MA program is designed for students at Feinberg who are interested in earning an MA in Medical Humanities & Bioethics concurrently with their MD.
Other Early Admissions
We offer three other routes of admission to Feinberg for premier, qualified applicants. Each route has unique characteristics, application requirements and deadlines.
Honors Program in Medical Education (HPME)
The HPME offers a unique educational experience for talented high school students anticipating a career in medicine or medical science. It fosters flexibility and creativity in undergraduate education while reducing the pressures related to gaining acceptance to medical school.
Northwestern University Premedicine Linkage Program (NUPLP)
NUPLP allows for high-achieving Northwestern University post-baccalaureate premedicine students to accelerate enrollment in medical school by foregoing the glide year and enrolling in Feinberg’s MD program directly after finishing the requirements of the post-baccalaureate premedicine program.
Northwestern Undergraduate Premedical Scholars Program (NUPSP)
The Northwestern Undergraduate Premedical Scholars Program (NUPSP) is an early MD acceptance program into the Feinberg School of Medicine for high achieving Northwestern University undergraduate students with a demonstrated commitment to a career as a physician. Northwestern University students are accepted during their third undergraduate year for matriculation into the Feinberg School after their 4th or senior year.