A monthly newsletter for prospective and accepted students of the Feinberg School of Medicine.
Medical Students Start New Year With Wellness Activities
Medical students attended sessions addressing different aspects of wellness during redeFEINBERG Week.
Second-year medical student Arianna Yanes published an editorial in JAMA Internal Medicine about incorporating firearm safety into the medical school curricula.
Northwestern Medicine scientists identified a molecular therapy to prevent the growth of a rare pediatric leukemia.
Fatty Acids May Help Target Ovarian Cancer

The absence of obesity, diabetes and hypertension in middle age was associated with significantly fewer years lived with heart failure, according to a Northwestern Medicine study. 

Knowing that Chicago winters can be brutally cold, Marysa Leya, '15 MD, internal medicine resident at McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University , initiated a drive, which will run through January, to collect gently used coats and accessories for patients who cannot afford winter gear.
"I wanted to do a nice gesture for patients beyond the hospital setting to ensure their safety and comfort," Leya said.
Social workers and nurses will evaluate a patient's need for a winter coat and help with distribution and sizing. Leya said she hopes the drive will continue next year.
Feinberg has many affinity groups with a  focus on identity, community, diversity, mentoring and healthcare in underserved communities, including the Latino Medical Student Association (LMSA) and  Student National Medical Association (SNMA).
LMSA is a group of students passionate about increasing Hispanic cultural awareness and outreach to Hispanic communities. Their goal is to aid students in their understanding and appreciation of the Hispanic culture through connecting, collaborating and inspiring each other with service and exposure.
Feinberg's chapter of SNMA is committed to supporting current and future underrepresented minority medical students and addressing the needs of underserved communities in Chicago. One of the group's programs, the Health Professions Recruitment & Exposure Program (HPREP), aims to provide a foundation for high school students interested in pursuing a career as a health professional, such as a physician, nurse, physical therapist or pharmacist.

"I did not have many opportunities to experience what health careers truly entailed, and certainly none with the kind of comprehensive interactive activities HPREP offers," said medical student Javier Suarez. "I feel privileged to be a part of a program that will serve as a valuable source of inspiration and knowledge for their future endeavors."
Focus on the MD Curriculum

The Center for Global Health integrates global health education programming and faculty research initiatives within Feinberg and encourages students, residents and fellows to engage in global health in a meaningful way via research projects, supervised clinical rotations and public health projects. 
Altogether, more than 46 percent of Feinberg students participate in our global health programs during their medical school years. Our medical trainees are able to visit both affiliated and unaffiliated universities, health clinics and international non-government organizations around the world and are eligible to apply for stipends to support their travel and elective and research credit. Global health training opportunities provide medical trainees invaluable lessons relating to health equity, ethics, cultural competency and community service, among others. 
Nada Ali, a second-year medical student, spent a month over the summer on an infectious disease rotation at Fann Hospital in Dakar, Senegal.
"It's amazing that Northwestern sends students to such a special hospital," Ali said. "Typically, healthcare in Africa is talked about in a very particular way -- we usually only hear about the failures. So it's great that medical students also have a chance to see some of the successes of treating these complicated clinical pictures in Africa."  
Why Did I Choose Feinberg?
Medical student Kelsey Bowman
Medical student Kelsey Bowman has always been fascinated by the intricacy and complexity of the brain. She is currently developing a test to map regions of the brain, which could be used in the operating room during tumor surgeries.
"There are so many cool research opportunities to get involved in at Northwestern," Bowman said. "I feel like what I am doing is applicable to patient care and can see how it will impact patients."
Why did you choose Feinberg?
I knew I wanted to be in Chicago, and when I visited campus, I fell in love with it. Everyone I interacted with -- staff, residents, students -- was kind and down to earth. Everyone seemed to be really interested in helping us as medical students succeed.
What aspects of the curriculum have you liked best?
I liked how we were able to get involved in patient care so early. That was another thing that drew me to Feinberg. Even, at first, working with standardized patients once a week in the Clinical Education Center was great. These experiences really made me feel like a doctor early on in my medical education.  
Admissions Q&A

How many Feinberg faculty members are there and what is the faculty-to-student ratio?
Feinberg offers a premier medical education and top-notch research programs in large part because of the expertise, experience and dedication of its faculty. Numbering more than 3,500, the medical school's faculty roster includes some of the best minds and hearts in medicine and biomedical research. Many have gained national and international prominence. Full-time or part-time faculty who also conduct research teach much of the core material in our clinical clerkships. Contributed services faculty members, who are in private practices, teach many of the clinical courses. Feinberg students enjoy 2.5:1 faculty-to-student ratio.
Who advises students at Feinberg?
The dean of student programs oversees academic and career advising for Feinberg medical students. Mentoring is also an important part of our  college   structure and the   Area of Scholarly Concentration   component of our curriculum.
Most faculty have an open-door policy toward advising. During third year, students pick a clinical faculty member who serves as their personal career advisor; their role is to provide guidance through the selection of a specialty and residency program application.
Each   medical specialty department  has assigned a faculty member to serve as a career advising coordinator.