Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
Medical Alumni Association

Volunteer Opportunities


The Medical Alumni Association sponsors a number of programs to connect alumni with each other, current students and their alma mater. Learn more about our programs below.

Serve as a speaker in the Alumni Physicians of Feinberg series

The Alumni Physicians of Feinberg (APF) is an innovative program that unites medical school alumni and faculty with medical students who want to learn about the lives of physicians. Through APF, each academic society hosts intimate, informal, 90-minute weekday dinners with alumni and faculty who discuss their careers—how they made their specialty choice, what they actually do all day, how they balance work, family, and life, lessons they have learned, and what they would do differently.

Read more about the Alumni Physicians of Feinberg series here.

Past Alumni Physicians of Feinberg Speakers

Kathryn Andolsek, '75 MD, '82 MPH (family medicine)
Eugene Bauer, '67 MD (dermatology, physicians in business)
Jennifer Best, '00 MD (hospital medicine, general internal medicine)
Paul Bonucci, '96 MD (emergency medicine, rural patients, global health, military medicine)
Sudip Bose '95, '99 MD (emergency medicine, veterans, medical education, entrepreneurship)
Thomas Bournias, '92 MD (ophthalmology)
Arkadiush Byskosh '90, '92 MD, '97 GMER (otolaryngology)
Vinky Chadha '89, '91 MD, '94 GMER (general internal medicine, geriatrics)
Charles Davidson, MD, '85 GMER (interventional cardiology, father/daughter in same specialty)
Laura Davidson, '11 MD (interventional cardiology, father/daughter in same specialty)
Jordan Dubow, '03 MD, '07 GMER (neurology, clinical development, pharmaceutical development)
Timothy Fong '94, '98 MD (psychiatry)
Helena Gabriel '87, '89 MD, '94 GMER (radiology)
Javier Guevara Jr., '12 MD (family medicine, urban patients, women’s health, LGBTQ health)
Elizabeth Harris, '86 MD (plastic surgery)
Lynn Hauser, '76 MD, '80 GMER (ophthalmology)
Robert Havey, '80 MD, '83 GMER, '84 GMER (primary care)
Emily Jones, '08 MD, '11 GMER (orthopedics, sports medicine)
Khadidjatou Kane, '05 MD, '08 GMER (hospital medicine, palliative care, global health)
James Kelly, '73 MD, '07 MBA (cardiothoracic surgery, physicians in business)
Edward Kim '92, '96 MD (oncology)
Alan Kumar '95, '98 MD (emergency medicine)
Ada Kumar '93, '97 MD (radiology)
Roopal Kundu, '01 MD, '02 GMER (dermatology)
Edwin McDonald IV, '08 MD, '11 GMER  (GI, nutrition education, obesity, small bowel disease, doctors married to doctors)
Wendy McDonald, '07 MD, '11 GMER (gastroenterology, nutrition, obesity, doctors married to doctors)
Erik Orelind, '94 MD, '11 MPH (internal medicine, geriatrics, concierge medicine)
Thomas Pitts, '76 MD, '79 GMER, '81 GMEF (endocrinology, diabetes)
Barry Rosen, '87 MD (general surgery, breast cancer surgery, hospital medicine, patient safety and quality)
Neil Ross, '75 MD, '79 GMER, '80 GMEF (ophthalmology)
Gary Rusk, '69 MD (psychiatry)
Anthony Schaeffer, '68 MD (urology, family of physicians, father/son in same specialty)
Christine Schaeffer-Pettigrew, MD (internal medicine and geriatrics, family of physicians)
Edward Schaeffer, MD (urology, family of physicians, father/son in same specialty)
Jeffrey Schaider, '85 MD (emergency medicine, hospital medicine, academic medicine)
Bruce Scharschmidt '68, '70 MD (gastroenterology, physicians in business)
Ben Singer, '07 MD, '10 GMER (pulmonary and critical care)
Babafemi Taiwo, MD, '06 GMEF (infectious diseases)
Amy Taub, '85 MD, '89 GMER (dermatology)
Alisha Thomas '01, '05 MD (family medicine, community medicine)
Ryan Vealey, MD, '15 GMER, '16 GMEF (anesthesiology)
Bohdan Wasiljew, '76 MD, '81 GMER (surgery)
John Wilkins, MD, '08 GMER, '11 MS, '11 GMEF, '12 GMEF (cardiology)
George Yang, '94 MD (surgery)
Mobola Campbell-Yesufu, MD, '07 GMER (infectious disease, internal medicine, hospital medicine)
William Ziering, '56 MD (allergy-immunology)

Become a host in the Dinners with a Doc program

Dinners with a Doc are casual gatherings that provide Feinberg alumni and current students with opportunities to discuss careers in medicine and to develop mentoring relationships. These intimate affairs typically pair 4-6 students per alumni physician, and allow students to learn more about daily work and lives outside of medicine, as well as how to make the most of their medical school, residency, and fellowship training. MD students gain invaluable insight from seasoned alumni physicians, who, in turn, learn from students about the current state of their medical alma matter. 

Serve as a mentor to students

Share your career knowledge about the field of medicine with interested Feinberg medical students. We sponsor several mentoring events throughout the year, and are also happy to connect alumni and students with similar career and general interests via email or otherwise. Please reach out to us if you are interested.

Host Regional Alumni Events

Volunteer to host events for fellow alumni in your geographic area. Past events have been held at alumni homes, in local museums and even the White House South Lawn Garden.

Serve as a Speaker/Panelist

Offer your expertise and insight to audiences at medical school events for fellow alumni, students, faculty and staff and the medical community.

Participate in our HOST Program

The Help Our Students Travel (HOST) Program is an opportunity for alumni to be a resource to our fourth-year medical students who are traveling for their residency interviews. You can help in many ways, including hosting a student overnight or just being a local resource via email.

Participate in Problem-Based Learning (PBL) Courses or Other Teaching

If you have specific interest in volunteer teaching opportunities on campus such as Problem-Based Learning (PBL), please contact Babette Nyka directly. Click here for more specific information on PBL.