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Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
Department of Family & Community Medicine
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M4 Electives

Visiting Students

Visiting students should visit the visiting students website.

For the current listing of available electives for Feinberg Medical Students, please go to the Family and Community Medicine section of the Feinberg School of Medicine Senior Elective Catalog.

There are four types of family and community medicine electives available. Students can complete a maximum of three.

  • Family Medicine Service Clerkship
  • Maternal Health Care Rotation
  • Rural Family Medicine Electives
  • Community/Underserved Medicine Elective

Elective Advising

If you would like to learn about available options, site placements, or have family and community medicine advising questions, please contact Tim Doyle (312-503-1273) to schedule an appointment with the Department Chair Deborah Smith Clements, MD, FAAFP.

Elective Credit Application 

To receive credit for your clerkship, please submit the Away Elective Form (and additional application for global clerkships) to Tim Doyle. If the application is complete, it will be brought to Dr. Ryan for approval.

Each elective form must be approved and signed by the Department Vice Chair of Education.

Global Electives

To receive credit for a global clerkship precepted by a family physician, please complete the Family Medicine Elective Application in addition to the Away Elective Form. For the application, you must submit your own course goal and objectives (view a sample here). In addition to your preceptor evaluation, you must propose a project deliverable, such as an essay or weekly logging, for credit. Once complete, please submit all materials to Tim Doyle for review. If the application is complete, it will be brought to Dr. Clements for approval. If you have any questions, please contact us with additional information about your site.

Rural Medicine Away-Electives

Feinberg medical students enrolled in the Education Centered Medical Home and who have electives available in Phase II and Phase III of the curriculum are eligible to apply for a rural medicine away elective. The Department reviews all applications for credit-worthiness.

The Department of Family and Community Medicine may refer students to rural medicine rotations within the U.S. via the Teaching Health Center Graduate Medical Education Program

Application Process

  1. Students request elective credit via the Dept of Family and Community Medicine. Contact Tim Doyle to learn more.
  2. Complete the Rural Medicine Funding Application.

Rural medicine rotations are supported by Feinberg’s Global Health Initiative. The Global Health Initiative is a flagship education program for Feinberg’s Center for Global Health and is generously supported by Chicago Lake Shore Medical Associates, its patients, and Feinberg's donors.

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