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Feinberg School of Medicine

Office of Diversity
The Office of Diversity works with Feinberg students, residents, staff, and faculty to further our mission to achieve a campus environment of belonging and inclusion for all. Through mentoring programs, community partnership, recruitment initiatives and inter-campus cooperation and collaboration, we strive to help facilitate success in every domain.

Augusta Webster, MD, Office of Medical Education (AWOME)
AWOME is charged with supporting students and faculty of the Feinberg School of Medicine. Specifically, we support the academic, personal and professional development of our medical students. Our faculty and staff provide guidance for achieving academic excellence and career development opportunities for medical student research programs, and serves as the liaison for a wide range of student support services, such as financial aid and student health services.

Institute for Public Health and Medicine (IPHAM)
IPHAM is the nexus for all public health activities at the Feinberg School of Medicine. The goal of the Institute is to accelerate innovation at the interface of medicine and public health and achieve measurable improvements in health for patients and populations. IPHAM’s Centers focus on issues that span the spectrum from communities to the individual, and from health behaviors to genetic determinants of disease.

Center for Community Health (CCH)
The Center for Community Health (CCH) provides a home and support for academic and community-based partners conducting research, education, and service activities to improve the health and healthcare of communities. As one of eight centers in the Institute for Public Health & Medicine, CCH will facilitate multi-disciplinary, partnered efforts to envision and investigate a frontier of medicine that integrates public policy and population health.

Alliance for Research in Chicago Communities (ARCC) at NUCATS
ARCC is guided by a steering committee of community- and faith -based organizations from across the city as well as faculty at Northwestern University. We support Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR) by providing seed grants, capacity-building workshops and one-on-one technical assistance, partnership facilitation, monthly information and resource updates, advocacy for supportive institutional policies, and other activities. 

Family Medicine as a Career

We invite you to continue to explore family medicine as a career. Family Medicine’s national association, the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), offers many great resources that give more in‐depth knowledge about the specialty and what it means to spend your life as a family physician. For example, the webcast, “What is Family Medicine?”, spotlights a typical day as a family physician, discusses the variety of family medicine career options as well as income and lifestyle expectations.

The AAFP also provides a comprehensive list of family medicine residency programs. If you would like to pursue additional family medicine opportunities while in medical school, please consider some of the national events and scholarships listed below that can help you get more involved:

Pisacano Scholars Leadership Scholarship

Apply online due March 1st 

o The Pisacano Leadership Foundation seeks to enhance the specialty of family medicine by identifying and promoting the development of the future leaders in the most comprehensive primary care field.

o The program is designed to develop future leaders in Family Medicine. Although scholarships are intended to reduce the level of medical‐school‐related debt, financial need is not a consideration. The scholarship award of up to $28,000 for each year will be paid in August/September to those scholars successfully completing a family medicine residency program.

AAFP National Conference

Family Medicine Leads (FML) Scholarship for National Conference. National Conference is the place for medical students to learn more about family medicine, explore residency programs, and network within the family medicine community. There are great workshops and procedural skills courses to attend and opportunities to get involved in national leadership positions (Student Congress) and within IAFP (Illinois Academy of Family Physicians). This annual conference is held in Kansas City, MO during late July or early August. Get more information about the conference. There are scholarship opportunities to help fund your travel expenses to national conference listed below:

This is offered through the American Academy of Family Physicians Foundation. They focus on filling the workforce pipeline with the best and the brightest, as well as supporting the development of future family medicine leaders. Over 200 scholarships will be awarded to attend National Conference. The $600 scholarship is intended to help reduce out‐of‐pocket expenses (registration, travel, lodging, meals) to attend National Conference. May 1st is the deadline for all applications with the exception of the FML emerging leader scholarship (March 1st deadline). All scholarship applications through FML can be found on the following link.

All FML scholarship opportunities listed on this site include the Early Career Student (Rising M1‐M3) with a May 1st deadline, Student (Rising M4) or Resident Primary Care Champion Scholarship (May 1st deadline), Family Medicine Interest Group Leaders (May 1st deadline), Family Medicine Leads Emerging Leader Institute Scholarship (March 1st deadline). All scholarship checks are awarded at National Conference. If you are unable to attend the Conference, your scholarship will be forfeited.

Northwestern Department of Family Medicine encourages students interested in family medicine to attend the conference and will provide partial support to anyone who would like to attend, provided the student has applied for all of the applicable FML scholarships (listed above) to attend. If interested in Northwestern Department of Family Medicine National Conference support and you are a Feinberg student, please complete our application at by May 15th. If you are unable to attend the Conference, your scholarship will be forfeited.

Please remember our door is always open. We have much to share with you in our department including our current research projects, community efforts in conjunction with our three residency programs (Humboldt Park, Lake Forest, and Delnor residency programs) and primary care initiatives. If you would like to meet with our Chair, Dr. Deborah S. Clements, or any of our family medicine faculty, please do not hesitate to contact the department at 312.503.1273 or We are always happy to meet with anyone who would like to discuss family medicine.

Northwestern Family Medicine Match Lists

Please click here to see our current and previous students who matched into family medicine.

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