Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Women Faculty Organization


Chicago Campus  Chicago Campus

See below for additional resources of interest.

Faculty Affairs Office
The WFO is affiliated with the Faculty Affairs Office and faculty can find many resources.

Medical Faculty Council (MFC)
The MFC is comprised of representatives from each department of the Feinberg School of Medicine. A particular focus of the MFC is the recognition of academic leadership and promotion of faculty mentoring within FSM. The MFC is a platform for medical faculty to voice their concerns, offer suggestions, and provide feedback on issues surrounding their appointments, departments and the greater institution.

Minority Faculty Associaton
The Minority Faculty Association committed to enhancing the recruitment, retention and promotion of underrepresented minority (URM) faculty through mentorship, professional development and networking at Feinberg.

Institute for Women's Health Research
The Institute for Women's Health Research at Northwestern is focused specifically on advancing research outcomes that improve all aspects of women's health and well-being.   Its unique, cross-disciplinary approach serves as a catalyst for medical advancements by teaming researchers who would not otherwise typically work together to address a wide range of health issues women face throughout their lives by advocating for a sex-gender differentiated methodology.  They provide a broad array of programs that help scholars, patients and communities deepen their understanding of women's health.  Their goal is to bridge research to clinical care and meaningful public policy. Programs include Monthly Women's Health Research Forums, the Illinois Women's Health Registry, Women's Health Science Program for High School Girls, Pioneer Award Program, fertility preservation navigation and numerous educational tools and materials.

Northwestern University Women’s Center
The Northwestern University Women's Center is dedicated to fostering a campus climate that promotes equity and enriches the personal, professional and academic lives of all members of the University community, particularly women students, staff and faculty.

The Center's mission is to enhance the academic achievement, career aspiration and personal development of women at NU and to help build an environment wherein women and men can work productively together. The Center is dedicated to building an inclusive and diverse community.

AAMC GWIMS (Group on Women in Medicine and Science)

AAUW Resources of Note
In March 2010, the AAUW (formerly the American Association of University Women) is releasing its new report Why So Few? Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. The AAUW report identifies leading research that documents the measurable impact of stereotypes, bias and the educational environment on the achievement and interest of women and girls in the STEM fields. The report sheds light on this puzzling question and provides new ideas for what each of us can do to more fully open the fields of science and engineering to girls and women.

Institute for Women's Health Research
The mission of the Institute for Women's Health Research is to accelerate the rate of discovery in the sciences that impact women’s health and well-being and to increase the research and education portfolio in women’s health at Northwestern University and its clinical affiliates.

Collaborative Learning and Integrated Mentoring in the Biosciences (CLIMB)
CLIMB offers mentoring in several areas including oral and written communication as well as tips for graduate students.

Dependent Care Travel Grant Program

The University recognizes the stresses that balancing the demands of work and family places on faculty, and the importance of helping faculty balance these demands. We appreciate that these stresses are more acute for tenure-track faculty. During the pre-tenure period, participation in conferences and professional meetings to present one's work is an important activity; this visibility helps establish the impact of scholarly and creative work expected for a positive tenure review.

The Dependent Care Travel Grant Program is available to offer some helpful support in the important early stages of your career at Northwestern. This program provides tenure-track (pre-tenure) faculty a taxable grant for qualified short-term dependent care expenses incurred while traveling to attend professional meetings, conferences, workshops and professional development opportunities. The grant is funded at a level intended to provide full compensation for reasonable and approved expenses, up to a maximum of $500 post-tax per academic year.

Please see the Office of the Provost website for further information about this program, including instructions for drawing on the grant funds and the relevant forms.

Internal Medicine Grand Rounds Available Online

The University recognizes that technology can assist in making meetings, seminars and presentations more accessible. The Department of Internal Medicine is using technology to its advantage and offering their Grand Rounds seminars online. This new feature makes attending Grand Rounds presentation more convenient. CME credit can be earned for online participants.

Warren Kibbe, PhD, initially designed this resource to provide tools for new publications and collaborations by connecting researchers by funding topics/ awards/ previous publications. Faculty can look up a keyword and see what other people have published containing that word, or faculty can look up a person and see with whom they have published. Through LatticeGrid, FSM faculty are linked to where the public can search for researchers with specific interests.

Northwestern University Clinical and Translational Science Institute (NUCATS)
NUCATS offers a host of programs for investigators and staff interested in clinical and translational research. Through their educational programs, the NUCATS Institute provides a range of services from funding clinical and translational research for pre and post-doctoral fellows, to faculty scholars and mini-sabbaticals to opportunities for career development and networking.

Grant Resources of Note
This site lists the calls for proposal for research in women's health.

Please contact Meg Kennedy if you have specific questions about where to find resources for and about women in medicine.