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DCAC Annual Welcome Event

August 2018 - We kicked off the new academic year with our Annual Welcome Event.  Residents and faculty (including two Deans) turned out to welcome our new interns over drinks and appetizers at D4.  The interns were excited to meet DCAC members and learn about their experience at Northwestern.

Day of Service

July 2018 - The Diversity and Cultural Affairs Council held its Day of Service this summer.  We partnered with the National Kidney Foundation of Illinois to perform health screenings in the Cicero community.  DCAC members measured blood pressure, dipped urine, checked blood sugars and counseled patients about their medical conditions.  This is one of DCAC’s initiatives to address social determinants of health and reduce health disparities in our communities.

Advocacy in the Department of Medicine and Feinberg School of Medicine

March 2018 - Chief Medical Resident Sarah Chuzi and FSM medical students organized the Gun Violence Rally on March 14 in solidarity with students from across the country marching against gun violence. Several Department of Medicine and DCAC faculty and residents attended the rally calling for sensible gun legislation.

Grand Rounds & Noon Conference with Dr. Deidra Crews

April 2018 - Dr. Crews is an Associate Professor of Medicine, Associate Vice Chair for Diversity and Inclusion, and Associate Director for Research Development at the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Equity.  Her research focuses on the contribution of social determinants of health to disparities in kidney disease, including studies looking at the optimal timing and setting of dialysis initiation among ESRD patients. She presented her research in disparities in kidney disease at Grand Rounds and spoke with residents during a noon conference discussion on community engaged research.

Special Noon Conference with recording artist and kidney disease advocate David Rush

Recording artist and kidney disease advocate David Rush spoke to residents, fellows and faculty at a special noon conference, sharing his experiences as a patient with chronic kidney disease and the work he is doing in patient advocacy.  





Annual McGaw Residency Showcase

The showcase was held on Saturday April 28th. Several residents and faculty from the Department of Medicine met with underrepresented minority students from across the country who are interested in continuing their training at Northwestern residency programs. They answered the students' questions and shared their experiences at Northwestern. Read More >


2017 DCAC Member Roles, Honors and Awards

Clyde Yancy, MD, MSc: Vice Dean, Diversity & Inclusion, Magerstadt Professor of Medicine, Professor of Medical Social Sciences, Chief, Division of Cardiology, Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine.  Associate Director, Bluhm Cardiovascular InstituteNorthwestern Memorial Hospital.  Recently inducted into the National Academy of Medicine (October 2017)

June McKoy, MD, JD, MBA:
Associate Professor of Medicine (Geriatrics), Program Director, Geriatrics Fellowship.  Recently received FAME Outstanding Teacher Award (Sept 2017).

Hector Cajigas, MD:
Associate Professor of Medicine (Pulm & Critical Care), Associate Division Head (Clinical Operations), Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, Steering Committee member of the Pulm Vascular Network of CHEST, 2016 Outstanding Teacher Award, Feinberg School of Medicine.

Leonard Baidoo, MD:
Associate Professor of Medicine (Gastroenterology and Hepatology), Program Director, Inflammatory Bowel Disease Advanced Fellowship Program and Director of the Inflammatory Bowel Disease Center, Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Department of Medicine, Feinberg School of Medicine.

Daniel Ganger, MD:
Professor of Medicine (Gastroenterology and Hepatology) and Surgery (Organ Transplantation)

Peter Sporn, MD:
Professor of Medicine (Pulmonary and Critical Care), Cell and Molecular Biology and Medical Education, Program Director, Pulmonary and Critical Care Fellowship

Babafemi Taiwo, MBBS:
Gene Stollerman Professor of Medicine (Infectious Diseases), Chief of the Division of Infectious Diseases, Department of Medicine, Feinberg School of Medicine

Fernanda Heitor, MD:
Instructor of Medicine (Geriatrics), Assistant Program Director, Geriatrics Fellowship, Department of Medicine, Feinberg School of Medicine

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