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Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

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Northwestern University is a private university established in 1851. The medical school was opened in 1859 and is located on the university’s lakefront Chicago campus.


4-year semimodern. First and second years: Cover the basic sciences in an organ-based, integrated fashion. Each day consists of 2 hours of lecture and 2 hours of problem-based learning or other small-group sessions. The afternoon course deals with the relationships of the patient, physician, and society. During both years, patient interaction is part of the instruction to prepare the student for their clerkships. Third year: Consists of required clerkships in internal medicine, surgery, primary care, pediatrics, obstetrics/gynecology, psychiatry, and neurology. Fourth year: Students take an acting internship in medicine, pediatrics, or surgery, and 16 weeks of electives. Research experience is encouraged throughout the 4 years.

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Minority admissions: Underrepresented minorities are encouraged to apply, and recruitment is conducted on high school and college campuses. The school participates in the summer program of the Chicago Area Health Careers Opportunity Program and the Robert Wood Johnson Medical Minority Enrichment Program. Other degree programs: Acombined MD-PhD program is available for students interested in a research career in academic medicine. MD-MPH and MD-MS programs (with Kellogg School Business) are also available.


Admission requirements include the MCAT, 90 college credits, plus the basic premedical sciences. For admission no consideration is given to the state of residence, race, creed, color, or sexual orientation. Transfer and advanced standing: Asmall number of applications are considered only for the third year on the basis of academic excellence and personal needs.


The first 2 years are Pass/Fail. The clerkships and rotations are graded on an Honors/Pass/Fail basis. A CommitteeonPromotionreviewsstudentrecordsatthe end of each academic year to determine those qualified for promotion. Although not required, all students take the USMLE examinations. Teaching:Thefirst2yearstakeplaceintheMontgomery Ward, Searle, Tarry, and Wiebolt Buildings on the Chicago campus. Clinical facilities are provided by 5 independent area hospitals that comprise the Northwestern-McGraw Medical Center. These are the new Northwestern Memorial Hospital, including the inpatient Feinberg Pavilion, the outpatient Galter Pavilion and the PrenticeWomen’s Hospital, the Evanston Northwestern Health Care Center, the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, and the Veterans Administration Chicago Health Care System-Lakeside Division. Outpatient experience is provided through both the full-time faculty clinics and individual offices of private practice physicians. Library: The Galter Health Sciences Library houses 285,175 volumes, more than 1865 periodicals, 330 on-line journals, and 8 on-line databases. Housing: SingleroomsformenandwomenareavailableinAbbott Hall and Lakeshore Center. There is limited housing for married students without children. Apartments may be rented by students in 2 buildings belonging to Northwestern Memorial Hospital.

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