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Visiting Students

Make Feinberg part of your journey.

We welcome visiting medical students from other institutions to apply to electives at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, located in the Streeterville neighborhood of Chicago, along the shore of beautiful Lake Michigan. Our location gives students access to our top-rated clinical affiliates — including Northwestern Memorial Hospital, the Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago and the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab — as well as to the city of Chicago’s vibrant cultural landscape. Here you’ll have experiences that will help you grow both professionally and personally. At Feinberg, our ultimate goal is educating future leaders in medicine. To accomplish this, we value excellence in all arenas, from clinical care to research.

We seek visiting students who are active learners who will ask questions not only about patients, science, and health policy, but also about themselves. Our visiting students are future leaders, but they also understand how important it is to be a team player and to develop relationships with others. You can’t do anything alone in the field of medicine. You can’t prepare for a career in the field of medicine alone either: visiting students work with our renowned faculty — physicians and scientists who are experts and innovators in their fields — every step of the way. We encourage you to explore everything Feinberg has to offer and thank you for your interest.

Please review the elective options and requirements below for more information.

Stipends for Underrepresented Students

The Feinberg Office of Diversity and Inclusion works closely with the McGaw Medical Center to diversify residency training programs at McGaw and our affiliated hospitals. Stipends are available to defray expenses for visiting clerkship participants who are from groups traditionally underrepresented in medicine.

I can honestly say the visiting student program is the reason why I chose to attend Northwestern for residency, and receiving the diversity stipend made that rotation possible. The program afforded me the chance to experience firsthand the city of Chicago, the hospital campus and the residency program itself. The stipend also showed me the importance that Northwestern places on recruiting and supporting efforts to improve diversity by putting monetary support directly behind those efforts.”

Courtney Furlough, MD, Vascular Surgery Resident