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Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
Diversity and Inclusion

To achieve a truly diverse and inclusive Feinberg, we need to focus on past and current issues we face in academia and medicine.

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New England Science Symposium

The New England Science Symposium (NESS) provides a forum for postdoctoral fellows; medical, dental and graduate students; post-baccalaureates; college and community college students (particularly for African-American, Hispanic/Latino and American Indian/Alaska Native individuals) to share their biomedical and health-related research activities through oral or poster presentations, to engage in discussions related to career development in the sciences, to exchange ideas and to expand their professional networks. (Read more)

The Daniel Hale Williams Society

The Daniel Hale Williams Society, created in 2018, focuses on the recruitment of African-American males into the medical profession through proactive identification of students, mentoring and encouragement, scholarships and more. It honors Feinberg's first African-American graduate and faculty member, and one of the most noteworthy physicians of the 20th century. (Read more)

NU DOC: An Alternative Spring Break

Feinberg and the Northwestern Evanston campus offer an Alternative Spring Break (NU DOC): an immersive, one-week pre-professional advising and skills building program for Northwestern undergraduate students associated with the Health Professions program. This is an extension of our commitment to academic excellence, which requires ensuring a diverse academic community. (Read more)

Welcome to the Office of Diversity and Inclusion!

The Office of Diversity and Inclusion works to position Feinberg as a standout diversity and inclusion leader among top academic medical centers. The following brochure details our mission and values, key initiatives, opportunities for involvement, and three compelling videos from Feinberg medical students, Northwestern residents, and faculty about what diversity and inclusion means to them. (Read more)

An Inclusive Space

Feinberg students and faculty open up about LGBTQ acceptance. Julie Barton, ’88 MD, ’92 GME, clinical assistant professor of Obstetrics & Gynecology shares her experiences as a medical student, resident and physician at Northwestern. “I came here in the 80s as a student. I think back then it was very, very different. We felt as if we had to be very careful sometimes—that it might affect our careers. But over time that’s really changed.”

A Culture of Diversity and Inclusion

Northwestern Medicine residents discuss the power of diversity and inclusion. Quentin Youmans, ’15 MD, a resident in Internal Medicine comments, “Here at Northwestern, I don’t feel like just a number. I don’t feel like just a ‘check box’ in that diversity column. I feel like I am a valued member of the team. And because of that I am able to excel at a level where it is expected that I will be an excellent physician.” 

Women in Medicine

This fall, Northwestern marks 150 years since women could enroll as undergraduate students. In light of this milestone, teams around the medical school are working to recognize, celebrate, and honor the vast contributions to medicine and society made by women at Feinberg.

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