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Feinberg students are doing some extraordinary things in the clinical spaces, research labs and out in the community. Here we share internal and external recognition they have received. For all the news on Feinberg discoveries and campus activity, visit our News Center.

Wed, 18 Nov 2020
Goldsmith Named Associate Dean for Student Affairs
Susan Goldsmith, MD, ’08 GME, has been named associate dean for student affairs, effective January 1, 2021.
Thu, 12 Nov 2020
First Year Student Tackles Medical School and College Football
Tyler Gillikin began his first year of medical school while also playing football for Northwestern University.
Mon, 09 Nov 2020
Medical Student Discusses Neurosurgery Research
Nathan Shlobin, a second-year medical student, was the first author of a study recently published in the Journal of Neurosurgery, which identified through systematic review potential risk factors for spinal cord ischemia related to anterior thoracolumbar surgery.
Mon, 02 Nov 2020
Feinberg Academy of Medical Educators Appoints New Director
Mary McBride, MD, MEd, associate professor of Pediatrics and Medical Education, has been named director of the Feinberg Academy of Medical Educators (FAME), effective November 1.
Mon, 19 Oct 2020
MSTP Student Reflects on Feinberg Experience
Maxwell Edmonds, a third-year medical student in the Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP), recently defended his doctoral thesis on generating testicular organoids and looks back on his Feinberg journey so far.
Mon, 12 Oct 2020
Diversity and Inclusion Week Explores Representation in Medicine
In collaboration with the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, student groups organized the medical school’s first Diversity and Inclusion Week, which explored the importance of diversity, inclusion and representation in medicine and society.
Wed, 30 Sep 2020
First Year Student Discusses the Medical School Journey
For Elizabeth Adams, a first-year medical student, donning her white coat felt like the culmination of one journey and the beginning of another.
Fri, 11 Sep 2020
First-Year Student Expresses Optimism for the Future of Medicine
COVID-19 has altered Michael Chidueme’s first couple weeks on campus, but it’s also changed how he thinks about his future profession.
Wed, 26 Aug 2020
Medical Student Discusses Native American Medical Student Association
Caitlin Jacobs, a third-year medical student, helped establish Feinberg’s Association of Native American Medical Students last year to increase awareness of Native American health issues and foster better understanding of Native American cultures.
Mon, 24 Aug 2020
Green, Garcia Receive Top Honors from AAMC
Two Feinberg faculty members in the Department of Medical Education have been honored with awards for humanism in medicine and teaching from the Association of American Medical Colleges. (AAMC).
Thu, 20 Aug 2020
First-year Medical Student Shares Her First Impressions of Feinberg
Kayla Giger, a first-year medical student, shared her thoughts about her first week of medical school and, in the future, working with Feinberg’s Education Centered Medical Home clinics.
Thu, 20 Aug 2020
New Medical Student Reflects on His First Week at Feinberg
Erick Masias, a first-year medical student, reflected on his first week at Feinberg and shared what he’s looking forward to over the next four years.
Fri, 14 Aug 2020
First-year Students Welcomed to Campus
When the 160 students of the Class of 2024 stepped onto campus in August, they entered a new world of medical education.
Wed, 05 Aug 2020
New Leadership in Medical Education
Diane B. Wayne, MD, has indicated that she would like to step down as vice-dean for medical education; Marianne Green, MD, will succeed her. Sandra Sanguino, MD, MPH, has been named senior associate dean for Medical Education, and Joshua Goldstein, MD, has been elevated to senior associate dean for graduate medical education.
Fri, 31 Jul 2020
Students Share Perspective on Inclusion Task Force
Maya Jackson-Gibson, a fourth-year medical student, and Warren McGee, a fourth-year student in the Medical Scientist Training Program, reflect on their time on Feinberg's Task Force on Inclusion and Bias.
Tue, 21 Jul 2020
Medical Student Helps Organize Outreach for Older Adults Experiencing COVID-19 Isolation
Emma Office, a rising second year medical student and co-leader of the student COVID-19 volunteer effort at Feinberg, helped organize a successful phone call outreach program for older adults at risk of experiencing social isolation during the pandemic.
Tue, 14 Jul 2020
Alumni Connect with Students for ‘Heart-to-Hearts’
Virtual Heart-to-Hearts connects medical students with Feinberg alumni for conversations about medical specialties, residency applications and more.
Mon, 15 Jun 2020
Students Help Combat Food Insecurity During Pandemic
Fueling Our Communities, started by a group of fourth-year medical students, has been working to address food insecurity among vulnerable patient populations in Chicago.
Fri, 05 Jun 2020
Medical Education in the Time of COVID-19
The persistence of SARS-Cov-2 may fundamentally alter the landscape of medical education and hospital training, according to a Northwestern Medicine editorial published in Science Advances.
Wed, 03 Jun 2020
Medical Students Hold Online COVID-19 Education Sessions
A team of Feinberg medical students are holding online COVID-19 information sessions for community members and organizations across the Chicagoland area.
Tue, 26 May 2020
Medical Student Helps Distribute PPE Across Chicago
Tricia Pendergrast, a first-year student, helped start GetMePPEChicago, an organization that has distributed more than 60,000 N95 protective masks and other protective personal equipment to healthcare workers around the city.
Tue, 19 May 2020
Celebrating the MD Class of 2020
Feinberg celebrated the MD Class of 2020 at the school’s 161st commencement ceremony, which was held virtually this year through Zoom on May 18.
Fri, 08 May 2020
Transitioning to Virtual Medical Curriculum in Response to COVID-19
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic and the state of Illinois’ stay-at-home order, Feinberg transformed nearly its entire medical school curriculum to be delivered online. Online learning efforts include virtual simulation courses, telehealth visits, virtual standardized patient exams and online team-based active learning activities.
Mon, 04 May 2020
MSTP Student Explores Mechanisms of Sex Differences in Alzheimer’s Disease
Sky Dominguez, a second-year student in the Medical Scientist Training Program, is currently studying the biological mechanisms underlying a sex difference in Alzheimer’s disease, as approximately two-thirds of those with the disease are women.
Mon, 27 Apr 2020
Student Explores Declining Opioid Prescriptions
Ben Smith, a second-year medical student, led a study that found opioid prescriptions declined significantly between 2013 and 2018 in the Northwestern Memorial Hospital Emergency Department.
Mon, 20 Apr 2020
Adapting the Education Centered Medical Home to the COVID-19 Crisis
Students are conducting telehealth visits and reaching out to patients at high risk of complications from COVID-19, part of the transition of the Education Centered Medical Home to virtual care.
Thu, 16 Apr 2020
Sustaining Community Research Partnerships During COVID-19
The Center for Community Health’s Alliance for Research in Chicagoland Communities (ARCC) hosted a virtual discussion for participants to share experiences, strategies and challenges about engaging and supporting community-engaged research partners during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Mon, 13 Apr 2020
First-Year Student Helps Organize COVID-19 Student Volunteer Effort
First-year medical student Tazim Merchant co-organized the “Students Supporting the Community During COVID-19” project, a volunteer effort among medical students and graduate students at Feinberg that support healthcare workers, older community members and working parents in Chicago during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Wed, 01 Apr 2020
Elevated Gene Expression Linked to Poor Glioblastoma Survival
The elevated expression of a gene called LY6K was correlated with increased cancer cell growth and resistance to radiation therapy in glioblastoma, according to a recent Northwestern Medicine study.
Thu, 26 Mar 2020
Medical Students Organize Volunteers to Help Community
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine students have organized a volunteer effort among medical students and graduate students to help support health care workers, older community members at higher risk for COVID-19 and working parents during the pandemic.