Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
MD Education

Area of Scholarly Concentration (AOSC)

The mission of the Area of Scholarly Concentration (AOSC) is to train students to perform a highly mentored project that culminates with the writing of a thesis.

In this program, students perform a hypothesis-driven investigation or formal project in a individualized area of independent study within biomedical research or a medically-related field. Areas of investigation include clinical investigation, translational medicine, global health, community and family health, medical humanities and the medical social sciences. These investigations will enhance students' abilities to identify and solve problems, encourage critical thinking and develop mentored relationships with faculty members.

To find out more, request a meeting with a course director or faculty adviser or explore teaching opportunities in this area.


Craig B Langman, MD
Course Director

Lisa Rawlani

Faculty Advisers

Virginia Bishop, MD, MPH
Community & Family Health

Chad Achenbach, MD, MPH
Global Health Research

Shannon R Galvin, MD
Global Health Research

Lisa R Hirschhorn, MD, MPH
Global Health Research

Cindy J Nowinski, MD, PhD
Medical Social Sciences & Outcomes Research

Jon W Lomasney, MD
Translational Research

Craig B Langman, MD
Clinical and Translational Research

Karen Sheehan, MD, MPH
Translational Research