A monthly newsletter for prospective and accepted students of the Feinberg School of Medicine.
Medical Students Celebrate Match Day 2017 
On Match Day, Feinberg's fourth-year medical students gathered to celebrate and learn where they will spend the next three to seven years training as residents.
Feinberg has maintained its standing among the best research-oriented medical schools in the country, placing 17th in the latest U.S. News & World Report rankings.
Mentors of the Year Share Advice and Experience
The 13th Annual Lewis Landsberg Research Day broke records with more than 400 abstract presentations that showcased the diversity of innovative research taking place at Feinberg.
Scientists Develop Novel Platform to Investigate Therapeutic Nanomaterials 

According to a new study, normal agers lost volume in the cortex, which contains neurons, twice as fast as SuperAgers, a rare group of older people whose memories are as sharp as those decades younger.
Identifying a Novel Target for Cancer Immunotherapy
Two years ago, fourth-year medical student Audrey Young wanted to address concerns of anxiety, depression and burnout among her classmates. Along with Gaurava Agarwal, MD, '11 GME, assistant professor of  Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and of  Medical Education, she started the Wellness Initiative for Student Health (WISH), a student organization committed to promoting the physical and mental well-being of Feinberg's students by fostering a healthy and caring community.
"We recognized the need to learn effective ways of managing the stress that will at least continue if not increase throughout our careers in medicine, because we can't take care of our patients without first taking care of ourselves," she said.  
WISH was designed to incorporate events or programs that help relieve stress and reduce tension during particularly difficult times with chronic stress management strategies that students can incorporate into their daily lives for the long term. 
Gabriel Heiber, '14 MD, a psychiatry resident, has participated twice at the Latino Medical Student Association (LMSA) national conference, discussing his experiences in the program with prospective medical students.
" As a third-year psychiatry resident, I now value the opportunity to be the motivation that helps push along younger students interested in careers in medicine and psychiatry. Representing Northwestern at the LMSA conference was an honor that allowed me to encourage Latino students to continue to pursue their medical careers and, at the same time, consider coming to Northwestern along the way. Hopefully, some of the students that I talked to will have the wonderful opportunity of coming to this institution like I did," Heiber said.
After completing his medical degree at Feinberg, Heiber decided to continue his training at Northwestern because he knew it would be a great place for residency that offered opportunities he thought would help him accomplish his professional goals.
"The Northwestern Medicine health system has been growing for many years, and, with this kind of growth, new opportunities always seem to be popping up," Heiber said. "There are plenty of chances to tailor your clinical, academic and extracurricular activities to your needs and interests."
Focus on the MD Curriculum
The Feinberg curriculum is designed to function best for students who are inquisitive and inquiry-driven. Participating in original research is one way of encouraging this quality.
During their first year of medical school, students choose mentors and develop their  Area of Scholarly Concentration, a four-year longitudinal project that culminates with a thesis. Many students spend time conducting research for this project over the summer before the start of their second year.
Topics include clinical investigation, translational research, family and community medicine, and global health. Throughout their second year, the students will continue working on their individual projects for a minimum of three hours per week.
Lukas Streich, a second-year medical student, is studying the mechanisms behind the cardioprotective effects of moderate alcohol consumption. "I like working on this basic research project because it is something that non-scientists can wrap their head around, something that everyone can relate to," he said.
Why Did I Choose Feinberg?
First-year medical student Max Wang
Max Wang, MPH, a first-year MD/PhD student in the  Medical Scientist Training Program, recently participated in Northwestern University's 4th Annual Global Health Case Competition. At this event, graduate and undergraduate students from various schools came together to develop solutions to global health challenges. As the first place winner, Wang and his team traveled to Emory for the international competition. 
How did this experience fit into your education at Feinberg?
I'm interested in bioengineering for my PhD. I think global health is a broad field that regardless of what you are working on there is always a way to tie it in. For me, I'm interested in biomaterials and the nanoscale applications of these materials. It is exciting to see it as a toolkit to address different diseases. Not only can you target cancer, you can also use the same basic tools to tackle infectious diseases. Thinking about how we can use this in resource poor settings is something that I really want to do.
Why did you choose Feinberg?
Northwestern is a really innovative place. All of the new infrastructure that is going on and all of the new people and ideas that are being recruited here was really unique to Feinberg. There is a good balance of having strong clinical and research components in addition to having international outreach. I felt Northwestern was pushing and innovating more than other places. Northwestern also has really strong departments in bioengineering and material science. 
Admissions Q&A
What is the city of Chicago and area surrounding Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine campus like?
Lakefront beauty and a cosmopolitan, urban cityscape surround our campus, which is located between the shoreline of Lake Michigan and Michigan Avenue's Magnificent Mile of shopping, dining and entertainment venues. This is the heart of Chicago where students can choose among world-class cultural and recreational activities just steps from the medical school.
A number of important medical organizations are headquartered in Chicago, including the American Medical Association, American Hospital Association, American College of Surgeons and professional academies, colleges, societies and boards of specialty fields. All these factors combine to make the medical school's location one of the most desirable in the United States.
What is the success rate of Feinberg medical students' performance on the national boards?
The USMLE pass rate for Feinberg medical students has remained at 99 percent for a number of years, with our students scoring well above the national mean score.