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Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
MD Admissions

Health Clinics

Students at Feinberg have a wealth of opportunities for community outreach. Volunteering at one of the following community clinics, offers experience in providing care for the underserved and working with people who have diverse needs.

 Community Health Clinic (CHC)

CHC serves primarily the Hispanic and Polish populations.

CHC ClinicThe Community Health Clinic (CHC) at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine is a service organization dedicated to providing medical care to the patients of CHC while providing Feinberg students an informal environment to learn from one another and attending physicians.

CHC is a free outpatient medical clinic located on the west side of Chicago that serves a primarily Hispanic and Polish population. The clinic has served the uninsured and underserved since 1993, providing medical care to over 6,000 patients a year. Operating six days a week, CHC welcomes patients every morning from Monday to Saturday, and also has four nighttime clinics run by various Chicagoland medical schools. The Northwestern Medicine clinic operates every Wednesday evening. Specialty Cardiology and Psychiatry clinics also are run by students throughout the year.

CHC at Northwestern is run by four second-year students mentored by a faculty adviser. Weekly, fifteen students (five M1s, five M2s, and five M3/M4s) and three attending physicians see ten to thirteen patients. Each patient is first seen by an M1 and M2, who take a majority of the patient's history and perform a general physical, then an M3/M4 who offers his or her insights into completing the history and exam. Finally, the patient is seen by an attending who completes the history and physical and treats the patient. This format provides a basis for students to not only learn from their attendings and peers, but also to solidify their knowledge by teaching what they have learned. In addition, due to the large number of patients who speak languages other than English, students are able to either practice using a second language in a medical environment, or learn to properly use a translator when conducting a patient interview.

"CHC is great for two reasons. As a non-native Spanish speaker, CHC gives me a perfect opportunity to learn and improve my medical Spanish and conversational skills. Also, CHC allows me to see firsthand what I learn in class and apply the basic science of the first-year curriculum to my career as a medical professional."

-Jason Oppenheimer, M2

 Devon Clinic and New Life Volunteering Society Clinic (NLVC)

The populations treated in these clinics are predominately Indian.

Devon Clinic

Every Sunday, rain or snow, four Northwestern medical students travel north to Rogers Park to volunteer at the Indian American Medical Association Charitable Foundation Clinic — more commonly called the Devon Clinic. There, working with community physicians, residents, and students from other Chicago medical schools, students will help provide health care to uninsured and underserved patients. Working primarily with a South Asian population, students strive to provide necessary health care as well as preventive care and health education. Physicians from the Indian American Medical Association, as well as nurses, technicians, translators and other volunteers, staff the clinic. The clinic runs from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. and provides care to approximately 40 patients each Sunday.

Students at the Devon Clinic have a great deal of freedom and responsibility for their patients' care. They conduct physicals, take histories, and perform diagnostic tests, including blood sugar measurements and EKGs.

After the introductory meeting in the fall for new students, students of all years can sign up for volunteer positions by replying to the sign-up e-mails which are sent out on the student listserv.

New Life Volunteering Society Clinic (NLVS)

NLVS Clinic provides the unique opportunity to work with medical students from the Chicagoland area in a free clinic setting. As a first-year medical student, you have a great opportunity to learn from both your peers and the attending physicians in a practical on-site manner while seeing real cases. The clinic is located south of Devon Avenue and is open every Saturday from 10AM to 2PM.

"Taking care of a patient is a daunting task at first, but there's always a physician to help out and other students to work with. Not only do you get to practice your newly-learned skills but also make a difference for patients who do not have other access to health care."

-Parth Modi, Coordinator

 Family and Community Medicine Opportunities

Opportunities provided through the Department of Family and Community Medicine

Feinberg students have the opportunity to rotate through these clinics, working side-by-side with community physicians. Find out more on the Department of Family and Community Medine site.

Heartland Health Center

  • Lincoln Square (Chicago)
  • Rogers Park (Chicago)
  • Senn High School (North Glenwood Avenue)
  • Roosevelt High School (West Wilson Avenue)

Heartland Health Outreach

  • Lincoln Park (Chicago)

Erie Family Health Center

  • West Town (Chicago)
  • Humboldt Park (Chicago)
  • Helping Hands (North Kedzie Avenue)
  • Westside (North Lawndale Avenue)
  • Henson (South Avers)

PCC Community Wellness Center

  • Lake Street Family Health Center (Oak Park)
  • Austin Family Health Center (North Mason Avenue)
  • Salud Family Health Center (West Fullerton Avenue)
  • West Town Health Center
  • South Family Health Center (West Roosevelt Road)