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Northwestern McGaw Underrepresented Residents and Fellows Forum


Mission Statement

Established May 24, 2011

Northwestern McGaw Underrepresented Residents and Fellows Forum (NMURFF) is an inter-departmental group for trainees at Northwestern McGaw Center for Graduate Medical Education. The NMURFF leadership consists of residents and/or fellows who carry out programming in four areas: mentoring, networking and career development, outreach, and strategy and collaboration. NMURFF welcomes members of all backgrounds who support our mission. Our work centers on diversity and representation and is focused on (but not limited to) race, ethnicity, gender, and sexual orientation.

We will:

  • Work strategically and collaboratively to advance diversity for the Northwestern McGaw Center for Graduate Medical Education through outreach and other avenues.
  • Provide career development and networking opportunities aimed at addressing underrepresentation across specialties locally and nationally.
  • Support each other and current medical students through mentoring and partnership. Work to foster an environment where all trainees can thrive.


NMURFF meets quarterly. The first 15–30 minutes is business followed by a presentation, activity, or speaker. August through December meetings will be held in Feinberg Pavilion Room 2-715.

Upcoming Meetings

  • NMURFF General Body Meeting
    Thursday, October 31, 2019 at 6:30pm
    NMH, Feinberg Conferenc Room B

  • RMEC: Regional Medical Education Conference
    Saturday, November 9, 2019 from 9am-5pm
    Rush University Medical Center 


 To join NMURFF please email the leadership for additional information.

2019–2020 NMURFF Leadership 


Courtney Furlough, MD
Vascular Surgery (Integrated) Resident


Ade Akhetuamhen  
Emergency Medicine Resident

Secretary / Historian

Kristina Warner, MD 
Obstetrics & Gynecology Resident


Adrienne Smallwood, MD 
Pediatrics Resident

Mentoring/Pipeline Co-Chairs

Constants Adams, MD 
Obstetrics & Gynecology Resident

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