News and Announcements
Read the latest news from Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine’s Department of Medicine, Division of General Internal Medicine and Geriatrics. The links below take you to articles where you can learn more about our faculty’s latest achievements, awards and honors.
Sean Jenvay, a fourth-year medical student, plays an active role in the medical school community through his involvement in wellness and curriculum development.
- Faculty Wins Awards06.28.2018
Feinberg faculty and fourth-year medical students gathered to recognize clinical and academic achievement at the sixth annual Honors Day, held May 19.
Third-year medical student Ben Peipert co-founded Second Opinions, a student-run pro-bono consulting group, and brings his consulting skills to his research on quality of life in endocrine disorders.
Within the Institute for Public Health and Medicine (IPHAM), investigators collaborate at the intersection of public health and medicine — connecting clinics to communities and accelerating innovations that impact the health of both patients and populations.
A home-based exercise program, consisting of wearables and telephone coaching, did not improve walking endurance for patients with peripheral artery disease, according to a study published in JAMA.
Over 430 scientists, trainees, students and faculty presented abstracts at Feinberg’s 14th Annual Lewis Landsberg Research Day, a celebration of the medical school’s innovative research and the dedicated investigators who make it happen.
At a workshop on March 27, the Medical Faculty Council honored 2018 Mentor of the Year awardees Mercedes Carnethon, PhD, and joint recipients Erin Hsu, PhD and Wellington Hsu, MD.
The Northwestern Medical Orchestra, founded by two first-year medical students and open to all students, faculty, alumni and staff, recently began its inaugural season.
- The Medical Faculty Council Leadership02.07.2018The Medical Faculty Council (MFC) of the Feinberg School of Medicine (FSM) is pleased to announce that June M. McKoy, MD, MPH, JD, MBA, Associate Professor of Medicine (General Internal Medicine and Geriatrics) and Preventive Medicine, has assumed the Presidency of the MFC, effective immediately. Dr. McKoy, who previously served as Vice -President, will succeed outgoing President, Dr. James Elliott, PT, PhD who recently relocated to the University of Sydney, Australia. Dr. McKoy is an Associate Professor of Medicine and Preventive Medicine, a member of IPHAM, and a member of the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center. She brings a strong portfolio of leadership skills and enlightened vision to the position. Dr. McKoy is committed to diversity and inclusiveness and, along with other members of the Council, will continue to strongly advocate for faculty's interests with diplomacy and perseverance.
The Medical Faculty Council is the representative body of NUFSM faculty, with one member representing every department, center, and institute. Its mission is to foster a culture of academic excellence by promoting transparency, collaboration, communication, and mentorship within the FSM community. The Council also serves as a liaison between the Feinberg faculty and the medical school administration and strives to articulate issues of concern raised by faculty to the medical school administration.
Medical students in Second Opinions, a student-run pro-bono consulting group, shared their experiences consulting for local healthcare nonprofits at a recent lecture.
A newly announced American Heart Association research center will be led by Mary McDermott, MD, and focus on calf muscle pathology in peripheral artery disease.
Under the leadership of Lee Lindquist, MD, Northwestern is expanding its role in offering home-based primary care for seniors, including a new training program for providers.
Second-year medical student Apoorva Ram strives to reduce cardiovascular health disparities among South Asian Americans in both her research and her volunteer work.
- 12.04.2017From the latest Northwestern Medicine Magazine: Investigators are working closely with community partners to address healthcare challenges.
It’s estimated that academic medical centers see less than one percent of the American population over the course of a month. Yet much of the clinical research that informs broad, far-reaching medical policy is conducted within this small subset of the population.
For scientists like Abel Kho, MD, director of the Center for Health Information Partnerships (CHiP) at Feinberg’s Institute for Public Health and Medicine (IPHAM), this is a problem — not just for the patient groups that are consequently overlooked, but for the pursuit of science overall.
“In order to do statistically sound science, you need to get at larger data sets. And to do that you need to get out into that much larger real-world community,” says Kho, also an associate professor of Medicine in the Division of General Internal Medicine and Geriatrics and of Preventive Medicine in the Division of Health and Biomedical Informatics.
Across the medical school, investigators are leading grants for community-engaged research projects that tackle a wide range of specific health challenges in Chicagoland and beyond — from interventions to prevent diabetes through collaboration with Hispanic-serving community organizations in Humboldt Park and South Lawndale, led by Matthew O’Brien, MD, assistant professor of Medicine and Preventive Medicine, to programs that address mental health and post-partum depression in at-risk women in Illinois, led by Darius Tandon, PhD, associate professor of Medical Social Sciences.
The resources used to teach the physical exam to pre-clerkship students vary widely across U.S. medical schools, according to a new paper published in Academic Medicine.
Mary McDermott, MD, ’92 GME, the Jeremiah Stamler Professor of Medicine and of Preventive Medicine, has been named a Distinguished Scientist by the American Heart Association (AHA).
A Northwestern Medicine clinical trial found that a stem cell therapy did not improve walking ability in people with peripheral artery disease, although exercise did lead to significant improvements.
Simple behavioral interventions can be effective at curbing inappropriate antibiotic prescribing, if adopted for the long term, according to a recent study published in JAMA.
A joint study co-authored by Jeffrey A. Linder, MD, MPH, at Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine, and Jason Doctor, chair of the health policy and management department at the University of Southern California-Los Angeles, was recently published in JAMA. The study focused on making doctors aware of how frequently they prescribe antibiotics compared with their peers and how this might be the most effective way to prevent unnecessary antibiotic prescriptions in the long term. Dr. Linder, co-author of the study and the Chief of the General Internal Medicine and Geriatrics division said the findings indicate hospital systems should consider implementing similar interventions on a long-term basis. "Doctors are people too and we want to be liked by people, and we want to do well relative to our colleagues," he said. "Why shouldn't doctors respond to the same sort of peer comparisons and social norms that everyone does?"
A new study published in Academic Medicine reports early outcomes on student achievement, confidence and engagement after the medical school’s curriculum redesign.
Medical, nursing, physician assistant and physical therapy students teamed up during a recent interactive training session.
Feinberg faculty, students and staff gathered to recognize medical education through workshops, lectures and presentations at the seventh annual Medical Education Day.
The school year’s first TIME talk, a monthly lecture series at Feinberg on innovations in medical education, was dedicated to reducing gender disparities in the field of surgery.
A study by Michael Wolf, PhD, MPH, professor of Medicine and Medical Social Sciences, was recently noted in the Washington Post: Research shows that seniors tend to prioritize other medical conditions over asthma, perhaps because they minimize symptoms and underestimate their impact, suggested Michael Wolf, a professor of medicine at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine. “Older adults have a tendency to ignore difficulties with breathing,” noted Rachel Taliercio, a pulmonologist at the Cleveland Clinic. “Instead of thinking this could be asthma, they think, ‘I’m overweight, I’m out of shape, I’m getting older, and this is normal at this time of life.’ ”
Several research projects focused on addressing gaps in the medical care of diverse populations are underway at the Center for Primary Care Innovation, funded by a $3.5 million grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration.
Recent activities gave medical students the opportunity to learn about the diverse backgrounds of their patients and to develop cross-cultural communication skills, including a community visit to Chicago’s Pilsen neighborhood.
- 08.31.2017Jeffrey Linder, MD, MPH, the new chief of General Internal Medicine and Geriatrics, was recently profiled on the Northwestern Medicine Magazine: One of the most important conclusions Jeffrey Linder, ’97 MD, MPH, has drawn in his research to date is the simple fact that doctors are people, too. That truth seems intuitive, but it has not always been obvious when investigating strategies to encourage physicians to stop prescribing unnecessary antibiotics. “Doctors don’t always seem to respond rationally, just like everybody else,” explains Linder, Feinberg’s new chief of General Internal Medicine and Geriatrics in the Department of Medicine and the Michael A. Gertz Professor of Medicine. “If we want to change their behavior, we have to address the underlying reasons for it — the way people actually think and behave, not the way we hope they will. Wagging our finger and simply telling doctors they should stop doing something doesn’t work.”
Northwestern Medicine investigators identified key areas of agreement and disagreement between cardiovascular data collected from electronic health records and data gathered in a traditional cohort study.
Northwestern will play a key role in “All of Us,” a groundbreaking national research effort to gather data from one million or more people in order to advance precision medicine.