Diversity & Inclusion MattersApril 23, 2018

Winter 2019

Vice Dean's Message

Class of 2022 Stats

Daniel Hale Williams Society

Reducing Implicit Bias in Healthcare

Addressing the Lack of Women in Orthopaedic Surgery

Research Spotlight

Honors and Awards

Students in Action

Pathway to Medicine: Jonathan Moreira, MD, ’16 GME


From the Vice Dean, Diversity and Inclusion


Residents gather prior to attending a Diversity and Inclusion mentor mixer on December 5. View photos from the event here.  

This year, 2019, marks the 17th anniversary of diversity efforts at Feinberg and the fourth year of the recalibrated Diversity and Inclusion Office here. The space we have covered over the last four years has been considerable. The palpable enhancement of our environment, both in the diversity of our community and the cultural awareness of our institution, positions us as leaders amongst our peer academic medical centers. The journey since 2002 has been long and arduous but we are in a better place with more progress to come. We are grateful to you, our Feinberg community, for supporting our programs, attending our events and aligning with our mission. Thank you.

Our team has expanded to include:

- Janet Olivo, MSLOC, Director of Diversity, Inclusion and Outreach
- John Franklin, MD, Associate Dean of Multicultural Affairs
- Anita Munoz, MA, Business Coordinator, Diversity & Inclusion
- Virginia Bishop, MD, MPH
- Maggie Sullivan, BA, Program Assistant
- Linda Suleiman, MD, Director of Diversity & Inclusion, McGaw Medical Center

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Class of 2022 Stats

One hundred sixty (160) students entered Feinberg’s first-year class on August 1, 2018: 82 (51%) were male and 78 (49%) were female. They were selected from a pool of 7,089 applicants. 

Thirty-one students (19%) are from underrepresented minority groups. In more detail, our students described themselves as follows: 11 (7%) African and African-American; 56 (35%) Asian; 5 (3%) American Indian; 15 (9%) Hispanic; 66 (41%) White, and 7 (4%) matriculates chose not to self-describe. 

View the full entering class profile here.


The Daniel Hale Williams Society of the Feinberg School of Medicine was created in 2018 to focus on the recruitment of African-American males into the medical profession through proactive identification of students, mentoring and encouragement, scholarships and more. It is named in honor of Feinberg's first African-American graduate and faculty member, and one of the most noteworthy physicians of the 20th century. 

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Reducing Implicit Bias in Healthcare

A recent lecture by Quinn Capers IV, MD, associate dean for admissions at the Ohio State University College of Medicine, discussed how to reduce implicit race and gender bias in healthcare and medical school admissions.

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Addressing the Lack of Women in Orthopaedic Surgery

Across the country, women account for just 14 percent of orthopaedic surgery residents — making it the medical specialty with the smallest proportion of female residents.

But when Linda Suleiman, MD, ’17 GME, entered an orthopaedic surgery residency at Northwestern, she found she was one of four women out of a class of nine.

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Feinberg Pioneers LGBT Study Methods
Northwestern is home to the Institute for Sexual and Gender Minority Health and Wellbeing, the largest LGBT health-focused research center in the country; for investigators exploring health issues faced by sexual and gender minority patients, improving the recruitment of study participants is a critical need. Read more, and listen to a podcast episode featuring Brian Mustanski, PhD, here.


Simon Honored With Presidential Award for Mentorship
Melissa Simon, MD, MPH, ’06 GME, the George H. Gardner Professor of Clinical Gynecology, has received the National Science Foundation’s Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring. The award, the highest honor in the field, recognizes outstanding efforts of mentors in encouraging the next generation of scientists and developing a STEM workforce that reflects the diversity of America. 

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Student Recognized for Leadership in Diversity and Inclusion, Women’s Health

Student Makes Strides for Health Equity

Medical Student Shares Her Passion for Medicine



The age old saying, “it takes a village to raise a child,” is true of my pathway to medicine. Realizing the importance of the village in the nurturing of physicians is crucial to sowing the seeds for supporting and developing tomorrow’s medical leaders.

My parents came to the United States from Guatemala during their adolescence, a time when most of us are more consumed by our education and blossoming social lives rather than adjustment to a new country, full-time employment and survival. My parents were motivated by both the need to provide for their families back home, as well as the need to seek and chart out new economic and personal opportunities. Their respective paths crossed in Chicago in the mid-1970s. Having grown up with very limited means in one of Latin America’s poorest countries, their own lives in those first few years at times reflected the poverty and struggles that they had left back home. The Guatemalan community in Chicago back then was small but united, and allowed them to weather the financial, cultural and personal challenges that they faced as they transitioned to adulthood. Once they wed and had me, they allowed themselves to more freely dream that their son’s life would be free of the challenges that they had faced in their own youth.

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Martin Luther King Jr., Celebration Event
Chicago Campus Keynote Address: Maggie Anderson
January 28th | 12:00 to 1:00 pm
Rubloff 150

See a full list of Chicago Campus MLK Day activities here

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Contact The Office of Diversity and Inclusion at diversitymed@northwestern.edu.