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Why Northwestern?

McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University offers diverse and challenging clinical experiences and world-class education located in the heart of Chicago.

Housestaff Perspectives

Adnan Hussain, MD, '17 GME

Resident and Fellow engagement is highly valued at McGaw and opportunities for involvement across the medical center are abundant. McGaw is a great fit for those seeking clinical training and leadership opportunities at an urban, academic medical center. Additionally, Chicago offers the amenities of a major metropolis while remaining more affordable than many comparable cities, resulting in a higher standard of living.

Adnan Hussain, MD, '17 GME

Emergency Medicine Residency Program
Jennifer J. Parker, MD, PhD, '18 GME

Chicago has a plethora of experiences that you can participate in. There is always an opportunity to try something new. There is no other city better than Chicago in the summer. The music, food and dance festivals are unmatched. I chose to train at Northwestern because of the well-known reputation for cancer care, the commitment to diversity, the people, and the location.

Jennifer J. Parker, MD, PhD, '18 GME

Radiation Oncology Residency Program
Courtney L. Furlough, MD, ’22 GME

I chose Northwestern after having the opportunity to rotate here as a fourth-year medical student. I felt that their strong tradition of surgical excellence, high quality facilities, commitment to research, and high expectations from their trainees would arm me moving forward with the best surgical training available. Also, I was welcomed by the faculty and housestaff to their family and have really come to enjoy living in Chicago as well!

Courtney L. Furlough, MD, ’22 GME

Vascular Surgery Residency Program
Sarah N. Sanders, MD, ’19 GME

From the opportunity to live in Chicago to receiving world-class training and mentorship, McGaw was an easy choice. From day one, you join an environment focused on education, wellness, and giving you the tools to succeed. Residency is an incredible time where you grow both clinically and professionally -- I’m thankful to McGaw for the opportunity to take advantage of it all.

Sarah N. Sanders, MD, ’19 GME

Emergency Medicine Program
Joseph Graves, MD, ’16 GME

I chose Northwestern because of their beautiful facilities, research opportunities, and their commitment to diversity through the Northwestern McGaw Underrepresented Residents and Fellows Forum. My radiology training was excellent and has allowed me to succeed in a very competitive market. Chicago is a great city with plenty of entertainment to enjoy on your days off. My experience at Northwestern was phenomenal!

Joseph Graves, MD, ’16 GME

Diagnostic Radiology Residency Program

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The McGaw Experience

  • Training in Chicago
    Our main hospital campus is in the heart of Chicago, a beautiful, multicultural city with much to offer, experience and enjoy.
  • Consortium
    Our member institutions and affiliates work with program directors to develop exceptional and varied clinical experiences for trainees.
  • Diversity & Inclusion
    As a medical school in one of the most culturally diverse cities, Feinberg aspires to lead in academic medical diversity initiatives and practice.
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Commitment to Wellness

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McGaw Medical Center understands that graduate medical education is rewarding but also emotionally, physically and mentally taxing. Physicians face high rates of depression and burnout throughout their careers. Stigma related to care for mental health and wellbeing has no place at McGaw. All McGaw housestaff have confidential and free access 24 hours a day to a mental health professional to address any wellness concern. Current housestaff may contact or 312-477-2109.

Graduate Research Resources

We offer a wide range of resources, mentorship opportunities and training to help our residents and fellows excel as physician-scientists. Explore all of the resources and hear from housestaff who are making research a major part of their career development plans.

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