Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Department of Family and Community Medicine


The principles of family medicine are taught throughout the curriculum at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in many settings, across the continuum of care. Phase 1 Clinical Skills four elements of the Feinberg curriculum that address the objectives specified by the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine. The principles of family medicine—comprehensive, continuous, and coordinated care of patients in the context of the family and community—are experienced through courses beginning in the first year and extending through the third-year clerkships, including the required Primary Care Clerkship and the longitudinal Education-Centered Medical Home program. For students interested in additional experience, elective courses are offered though our department, focusing on both urban underserved and rural family medicine, and in both Chicago and the western suburbs. See the senior elective catalog on the Feinberg Education site for more information.

Volunteer Opportunities

Students also have a wealth of opportunities to volunteer at free Community Health Clinics. They help staff primary care and specialty clinics in various Chicago neighborhoods, working one-on-one with individuals with diverse needs, gaining an understanding of the significance of family medicine in today’s healthcare system. Particular emphasis is placed on social determinants of health, the role of gender and culture on health, disease, and care, and the role of patient advocacy. No matter what specialty a student ultimately chooses, the required primary care experience provides essential patient care knowledge and the skills necessary to understand the principles, rewards, and significance of a career in family medicine.

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MD Teaching Opportunities

Passionate teachers are critical to the success of Feinberg medical students. The Augusta Webster Office of Medical Education is looking for Feinberg faculty to inspire future leaders by teaching in our MD Program. We offer teaching formats and schedules that can accommodate your needs.

Career Advising

Find information related to this specialty specifically for the student via the Family Medicine page of the Career Advising and Specialties section of the Education site.