McGaw Clinical Scholars Programs

In an effort to offer residents and fellows a broad educational experience, McGaw has worked to develop clinical scholar programs for those housestaff with specialized interests and anticipated career paths.  

 Bioethics Clinical Scholars Program

Our program offers Northwestern University’s McGaw Graduate Medical trainees (residents and fellows) a two-year scholar program that provides advanced training in the theory of bioethics and its application to clinical medicine.

The McGaw Bioethics Scholars Program is a two-year program and is co-sponsored by the Center for Bioethics and Medical Humanities and McGaw Medical Center.  Eligible trainees must complete the following curricular components:

  • Attend 10 Core Didactics/Workshops
  • Attend 12 Specialty Didactics/Workshops
  • Complete Asynchronous Learning
  • Participate in Practical Experience and Simulation Skills Practicum
  • Develop an Education Portfolio
  • Complete a scholarly project


These curricular components have been created to promote the ACGME health competencies across all 6 subcompetencies:

  • Patient care
  • Medical knowledge
  • Practice based learning and improvement
  • System based practice, professionalism
  • Interpersonal skills and communications
  • Professionalism


The program components are based on a needs assessment performed by the program leadership and are subject to change based on feedback from participants and mentors.


Program Objectives:

  • Understand the moral, philosophical, and historical basis of bioethics
  • Understand the basic principles of bioethics
  • Identify ethical features of a clinical encounter and develop critical skills necessary to evaluate ethical claims
  • Address ethical challenges and conflicts through defending a particular position on an ethical issue
  • Develop awareness of ethical issues that may occur across subspecialties.
  • Complete a scholarly product that allows the learner to increase their understanding of the ethical challenges in their own subspecialty
Please follow this link to apply for the Bioethics Clinical Scholars Program.

Program Director

Angira Patel, MD, MPH
Assistant Professor, Pediatrics-Cardiology and Medical Education
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
anpatel@luriechildrens.org

 Global Health Clinical Scholars Program

The Global Health Scholars Program is a unique opportunity for residents and fellows to learn more about global health issues, receive extensive predeparture training, participate in an international elective, and complete a scholarly project.

For more information, including eligibility, approval requirements information and application information visit the McGaw Global Health Clinical Scholars page. 

 Health Equity and Advocacy Clinical Scholars Program

The McGaw Health Equity and Advocacy Clinical Scholars Program is a two-year program that is open to all McGaw trainees (residents and fellows, PGY-2 and above) and provides them with the knowledge and skills to identify and address health inequities among their patients and communities.

Program Objectives

  • To improve trainees' knowledge of social determinants of health and health equity
  • To develop skills to communicate and engage with patients, community and political leaders, health system leaders and with the public, on issues of health equity and advocacy
  • To develop leaders in health equity in the clinical, research and advocacy domains
  • To inspire trainees to engage in life-long advocacy for their patients and communities regardless of specialty or geographic location

Program Components

  • 10 Monthly Core Lecture series (2nd Wednesday of the month, 5:30-7:30pm; repeats every year)
  • 10 Specialty Lectures (including IPHAM lectures)
  • Monthly Journal Club
  • Quarterly Health Equity and Advocacy Skill-building Workshops
  • Asynchronous Learning (book chapters, webinars, podcasts)
  • Reflections
  • Required experiential session with NM Homelessness Initiative
  • Additional experiential Opportunities (in Clinical, Research or Policy & Advocacy tracks)
  • Culminates in a Scholarly Project
Please follow this link to apply for the McGaw Health Equity and Advocacy Clinical Scholars Program

Program Director

Mobola Tolulope Campbell-Yesufu, MD, MPH
Feinberg School of Medicine
mobola.campbell-yesufu@northwestern.edu


 Medical Education Clinical Scholars Program

Our program offers Northwestern University’s McGaw Graduate Medical trainees (residents and fellows) a competency-based medical education program to provide them with training in educational theory and teaching in a variety of settings.

The McGaw Medical Education Clinical Scholars Program is a two-year program.  Eligible trainees must complete the following curricular components:

  • Attend or watch 12 TIME Lectures
  • Attend 5 Faculty Development workshops presented by FAME
  • Complete Asynchronous Learning – podcast review
  • Complete 5 Core Reading Books
  • Have 5 Directly Observed Teaching sessions, by mentor, peer or program leadership
  • Develop an educator portfolio that is reviewed by a mentor
  • Produce and present a scholarly project

These curricular components were created to meet the following competency domains:

  1. Learning and Teaching Theory
  2. Teaching Practice
  3. Assessment and Evaluation
  4. Research and Scholarship

The program components are based on a needs assessment performed by the program leadership and are subject to change based on feedback from participants and mentors.

 Program Objectives

  • Provide trainees who have an interest in medical education with the opportunity to receive more information in how to achieve this career path and increased opportunities to grow as an educator
  • Provide experiential opportunities in a variety of medical education formats, including clinical teaching, administration, educational research, curriculum design and assessment
  • Provide career mentorship to trainees interested in medical education
  • Promote faculty-mentored scholarly activity in medical education for trainees
Please follow this link to apply for the McGaw Medical Education Clinical Scholars Program

Program Director

Karen Mangold, MD, MEd
Pediatric Emergency Medicine
kmangold@luriechildrens.org

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