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Start a New Program

McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University supports your interest in developing new programs that meet the demands of your specialty or field. The Graduate Medical Education (GME) Committee must approve all program applications. The committee approves any new programs for the upcoming academic year at its January meeting.

ACGME New Programs Submission

Refer to the ACGME’s Instructions for New Program Applications. Programs are responsible for the new program application fee.

Non-Standard Programs

Non-Accredited McGaw Fellowship (NAMF) and Advanced Specialty Training Program (ASTP)

The GME Committee appointed the Non-Accredited McGaw Fellowship/Advanced Specialty Training Program (NAMF/ASTP) committee with the task of monitoring and approving all NAMF and ASTP programs. 

The committee meets quarterly to review any requests for program changes as well as review and reapprove existing McGaw NAMF programs. The committee also meets annually in January to approve any new programs for the upcoming academic year. The deadline for the submission of applications for any new NAMF/ASTP programs is January 1 for approval by the committee for the upcoming academic year. 


The NAMF fellow has a fellowship appointment with McGaw and their position comes with the rights and responsibilities of McGaw housestaff.

ASTP fellows’ benefits, salary, hours, and certification is reliant on the originating program department. They are on faculty as an Instructor at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. 

New Program

To start a new non-standard program, the following need to be submitted to Nancy Parlapiano at the GME office (420 E. Superior St., Suite 9-900, Chicago, Illinois 60611) by January 1 for the upcoming academic year:

Re-approval of Program

All fellowships have been categorized as either NAMF or ASTP must institute a system of ongoing re-approval. This is designed to be as minimally burdensome as possible while still maintaining the highest goals of educational quality.  The GME office will begin notifying individual programs about re-approval. Programs will have six weeks to provide the requested information for subcommittee review, including the Re-approval of a Current NAMF Program Application. All of the subcommittee’s decisions will be taken to the Graduate Medical Education Committee (GMEC) for final action.

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