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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.

  • 10.09.2018

    "We looked at all outpatient antibiotic prescribing and results suggest misuse of these drugs is a huge problem, no matter the symptom," said Jeffrey A. Linder, MD, MPH, lead author of the study and chief of the Division of General Internal Medicine and Geriatrics at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago. "We found that nearly half the time, clinicians have either a bad reason for prescribing antibiotics, or don't provide a reason at all. When you consider about 80 percent of antibiotics are prescribed on an outpatient basis, that's a concern."

    Clinicians prescribed antibiotics without an infection-related diagnosis nearly half of the time and one in five prescriptions were provided without an in-person visit, according to research being presented at IDWeek 2018. The study, which is the first to look at overall outpatient antibiotic prescribing, analyzed more than half a million prescriptions from 514 outpatient clinics.

  • 10.09.2018

    "We looked at all outpatient antibiotic prescribing and results suggest misuse of these drugs is a huge problem, no matter the symptom," said Jeffrey A. Linder, MD, MPH, lead author of the study and chief of the Division of General Internal Medicine and Geriatrics at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago. "We found that nearly half the time, clinicians have either a bad reason for prescribing antibiotics, or don't provide a reason at all. When you consider about 80 percent of antibiotics are prescribed on an outpatient basis, that's a concern."

    Clinicians prescribed antibiotics without an infection-related diagnosis nearly half of the time and one in five prescriptions were provided without an in-person visit, according to research being presented at IDWeek 2018. The study, which is the first to look at overall outpatient antibiotic prescribing, analyzed more than half a million prescriptions from 514 outpatient clinics

  • 09.25.2018

    At the eighth annual Medical Education Day, Feinberg faculty, students and staff gathered to celebrate and advance medical education through workshops, lectures and an awards reception.

  • 09.24.2018

    Led by Melissa Simon, MD, MPH, the Center for Health Equity Transformation will build research infrastructure, conduct workforce development and support community partners in the effort to advance population health equity.

  • 08.01.2018

    EHR-based tools designed to help patients manage complex drug regimens failed to improve medication adherence or lower blood pressure among patients with hypertension, according to a Northwestern Medicine study.

  • 07.09.2018

    Lee Lindquist, '00 MD, chief of Geriatrics, helps families start difficult conversations about aging with the website Plan Your Lifespan.

  • 07.02.2018

    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 Awards
    06.28.2018

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  • 05.22.2018

    Feinberg faculty and fourth-year medical students gathered to recognize clinical and academic achievement at the sixth annual Honors Day, held May 19.

  • 04.30.2018

    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.

  • 04.27.2018

    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.

  • 04.24.2018

    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.

  • 04.09.2018

    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.

  • 03.29.2018

    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.

  • 03.05.2018

    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 Leadership
    02.07.2018
    The 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.

  • 01.22.2018

    Medical students in Second Opinions, a student-run pro-bono consulting group, shared their experiences consulting for local healthcare nonprofits at a recent lecture.

  • 01.12.2018

    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.

  • 01.05.2018

    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.

  • 12.11.2017

    Second-year medical student Apoorva Ram strives to reduce cardiovascular health disparities among South Asian Americans in both her research and her volunteer work.

  • 12.04.2017
    From 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.

  • 11.28.2017

    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.

  • 11.17.2017

    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).

  • 11.15.2017

    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.

  • 10.30.2017

    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.

  • 10.20.2017

    A new study published in Academic Medicine reports early outcomes on student achievement, confidence and engagement after the medical school’s curriculum redesign.

  • 10.06.2017

    Medical, nursing, physician assistant and physical therapy students teamed up during a recent interactive training session.

  • 10.04.2017

    Feinberg faculty, students and staff gathered to recognize medical education through workshops, lectures and presentations at the seventh annual Medical Education Day.

  • 09.26.2017

    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.

  • 09.21.2017

    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.

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