Students performed a series of skits poking fun at the medical school experience at the 38th annual performance of In Vivo, Feinberg's sketch comedy and variety show, which raised money for Chicago House.
Feinberg students organized a unity event and came together on November 30 to honor a simple truth: No one should feel unsafe because of who they are. The posters created for the event will be hung in student spaces.
"After the election, many students felt obligated to do something to protect the people who were targeted by hate crimes," said Michael Musharbash, a first-year medical student. "This especially includes women, Muslim and Jewish people, people of color, people with disabilities, LGBTQ people and undocumented people. These people are our patients and our colleagues, and as physicians, we have an obligation to advocate for them."
The Office of Diversity and Inclusion and the
Student National Medical Association hosted a talk to promote awareness and discuss the public health response at Standing Rock, North Dakota.
Focus on the MD Curriculum
In the very first weeks of the MD program, Feinberg students begin clinical training in one of two settings: the Individual Preceptorship or Education-Centered Medical Home.
Individual Preceptorship, students provide patient care while working one-on-one alongside an experienced attending physician for two years. In the
Education-Centered Medical Home, students care for a panel of patients for all four years in a team comprised of 15 peers from all four classes and a faculty preceptor.
Both clinical experiences take place in authentic outpatient environments where students participate in continuity of care. Working with the same cohort of patients over the long term provides Feinberg students with unique learning opportunities not available at other medical schools. With guidance from a faculty mentor, students immediately practice clinical skills such as history-taking, physical examinations and motivational interviewing.
Why Did I Choose Feinberg?
Avni Bavishi is a second-year medical student.
Avni Bavishi is a second-year medical student, Chicagoland native and chair of student organizations on the Student Senate.
Why did you choose Feinberg?
When I was accepted to Feinberg, I was thrilled to have the chance to return home to Chicago. However, I was really sold by the number of small group, interactive and discussion-based experiences that Feinberg offered. Having the chance to see real patients from the very start of medical school through a longitudinal clinical experience was one that I could not pass up.
What has been your proudest moment so far?
I served as one of the coordinators for Devon Clinic, a weekly free clinic run by medical students and volunteer physicians to provide primary care to a severely underserved area of the population. One major issue that this clinic has is recruiting enough volunteer physicians; however, during my time as a coordinator, I recruited six new Northwestern Medicine faculty members who have helped fill this shortage. Knowing that my contribution helped the clinic stay open and serve more patients who desperately need care is one of my proudest moments.
What class or aspect of the curriculum has been your favorite?
My favorite class at Feinberg was the "Playing Doctor" humanities seminar. I deliberately chose a seminar that would push me outside my comfort zone--improv was something I had never done before and probably would never do again. As someone who doesn't see herself as particularly funny or outgoing, this was a chance to try something different. The unique class gave me a perspective on empathy and communication that will come in handy as a doctor while also allowing me to expand my horizons.
Can I find out in advance who my Feinberg faculty and student interviewers will be?
We do not announce interviewers prior to the interview date. All candidates will learn who their interviewers are at the same time, at the end of the morning welcome session.
Do you have a student hosting program?
We do have a student hosting program at Feinberg. When you are invited to interview, you will receive additional information about requesting a student host for the evening before the interview day.