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Women's Health Track

The Women’s Health Track provides clinical and research experience in women’s health and gender-based medicine. Residents in this track will receive this education in conjunction with the usual training in the categorical program. Interest in participating in the track is determined after matching in the categorical residency program (there is no separate match for this program). Upon completion of the curriculum, graduates will be prepared to pursue academic careers in women’s health, including further specialty training or primary care. Graduates have diverse career paths as noted at the bottom of this page.

Residents choosing to participate in the women’s health track begin their clinical experience in the PGY-1 year. Each PGY-1 trainee in the track will have continuity clinic supervised by a faculty member in the Division of General Internal Medicine and Geriatrics with expertise in the prevention, evaluation, and treatment of ambulatory conditions of particular importance for women. During the PGY-2 and PGY-3 years, residents add a second weekly continuity clinic where they will have significant exposure to women’s health. Residents in PGY2 and PGY3 years will also complete two women’s health elective blocks. During these months, residents rotate through a variety of subspecialty clinics including but not limited to osteoporosis, breast cancer, menopause disorders, gynecology, breast oncology, musculoskeletal disorders in women, polycystic ovarian disease, diabetes in pregnancy, and cardiovascular health.

Residents are encouraged to work on a research project in an area related to women’s health during their PGY-2 or PGY-3 year. During the fall of their intern year, residents will meet with the Women’s Health Track director to work on identifying potential topics and mentors. Residents are encouraged to do their PGY-2 resident talk (requirement of categorical program) in an area pertaining to women’s health. During PGY-3 year, residents will present to the entire residency as part of the Women's Health Journal Club.

Interested applicants should apply to the categorical program and contact the program director, Jordana S. Friedman, MD, for any further information.

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Jordana S. Friedman, MD
Director, Women’s Health Track
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Division of General Internal Medicine and Geriatrics
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

 Women’s Health Journal Club Presentations


  • Julia Simkowski: Association of Adverse Pregnancy Outcomes with Risk of Atherosclerotic Cardiovascular Disease in Postmenopausal Women, JAMA Cardiology. 2020; 5(12): 1390-1398.


  • Dani Cuthbert: Kerlikowski K, et al.  Strategies to Identify Women at High Risk of Advanced Breast Cancer During Routine Screening for Discussion of Supplemental Imaging.  JAMA Internal Medicine.  JAMA Intern Med. 2019;179(9):1230-1239. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2019.1758
  • Jenny Jo:  Judge-Golden CP et al.  Financial Implications of 12-month dispensing of Oral Contraception Pills in the Veterans Affairs Health Care System.  JAMA Internal Medicine. JAMA Intern Med. 2019;179(9):1201-1208. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2019.1678


  • Lola Alakija:  Ogilvie GS et al.  Effect of Screening With Primary Cervical HPV Testing vs Cytology Testing on High-grade Cervical Intraepithelial Neoplasia at 48 Months The HPV FOCAL Randomized Clinical Trial. JAMA. 2018;320(1):43-52. doi:10.1001/jama.2018.7464
  • Jamie Treadway: Bisgaard H et al.  Fish Oil-derived Fatty Acids in Pregnancy and Wheeze and Asthma in Offspring.  NEJM 2016; 375:2530-9
  • Nicole DeCredico:  Huttner A, et al.  Effect of 5-Day Nitrofurantoin vs Single Dose Fosfomycin on Clinical Resolution of Uncomplicated Lower UTI in Women: A Randomized Clinical Trial.  JAMA. 2018;319(17):1781-1789. doi:10.1001/jama.2018.3627
  • Quinn Halverson: Reid, IR et al.  Fracture Prevention with Zoledronate in Older Women with Osteopenia.  NEJM N Engl J Med 2018; 379:2407-2416



 Past Graduates


  • Natalie Cameron: General Internal Medicine fellow, Northwestern
  • Kristen Carroll: Chief Resident, Northwestern
  • Seren Gedallovich: Palliative Care fellow, UCSF, then will do Gastroenterology fellowship focusing on hepatology
  • Harini Gurram: Gastroenterology fellow, University of Texas, Southwestern
  • Julia Simkowski: Cardiology fellow, Cleveland Clinic
  • Cait Visek: Hospitalist, Northwestern, planning to apply for fellowship in Infectious Disease


  • Danielle Cuthbert: Medical oncology fellow, University of Toronto
  • Jenny Jo: Chief resident, Northwestern, now Gastroenterology fellow Mt. Sinai
  • Sarah Hale: Cardiology fellow, Northwestern
  • Megan Kosirog: Primary care physician, Northwestern Medicine
  • Elisa McEachern: Obstetric and Consultative Medicine Fellow, Women and Infants Hospital, Brown University
  • Kasey Coyne: Endocrinology Fellow, Northwestern


  • Lola Alakija: Attending physician, Division of Hospital Medicine, Northwestern University
  • Nicole DeCredico: Attending physician, St. Joseph's Hospital, Milwaukee, WI
  • Quinn Halverson: Fellow, Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine; UT Southwestern
  • Jamie Treadway: Chief Resident, Northwestern University with plans to do fellowship in Pulmonary Critical Care Medicine at University of Washington (AY 20-21)


  • Jillian Simard: hospitalist, UCSF, San Francisco, CA; Will then pursue Hematology/Oncology Fellowship
  • Shirley Chen: General internal medicine fellowship, UPenn, Philadelphia, PA
  • Emily Nosova: Endocrinology Fellowship, Mt. Sinai, NYC


  • Arielle Sommer:  Faculty general internist,  UCLA Division of General Internal Medicine, Los Angeles, CA
  • Allie Goodwin: Chief Medical Resident AY 17-18;  Faculty general Internist, NYU-Bellevue, NYC
  • Thalia Torres:  Primary Care physician, Advocate Medical Group, Chicago, IL


  • Sandrine Niyongere: Hematology/Oncology fellow at University of South Florida, Moffitt Cancer Center, Tampa/St Petersburg, FL.
  • Sheila Ballantine: General internist, Michigan Avenue Internists, Northwestern Medicine affiliate
  • Amy Chen:  Faculty general internist, UCLA, Los Angeles, CA
  • Maria Badaracco: General internist at the University of Virginia School of Medicine 
  • Mariel (Rosati) Benjamin: Completing Allergy/Immunology Fellowship at Northwestern University
  • Deepti Singhvi: Completing Pulmonary and Cricial Care Medicine Fellowship at UPMC, Pittsburgh


  • Miranda Hart: General internist, Erie Family Health Center, Chicago, IL
  • April Jorge: Rheumatology fellowship and now faculty at Massachusetts General Hospital
  • Elizabeth Kander: Hematology/oncology fellow, Ohio State University, Columbus, OH
  • Karen Krueger: Completed ID fellowship at Northwestern, now faculty physician, Division of Infectious Disease, Northwestern University
  • Anna Lipowska: Fellow in Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition at University of Chicago, Chicago, IL
  • Carolyn (Sanderson) Erickson: Hospitalist at Northwestern, Chicago, IL


  • Katie (Kinner) Hufmeyer: Faculty general internist, Division of General Internal Medicine, Northwestern University
  • Erin Pettijohn: Completed Hematology/oncology fellowship at Northwestern University, now practicing at Cancer and Hematology Centers of Western Michigan
  • Kai Sun: Completed Rheumatology fellowship at Hospital for Special Surgery, NYC; now faculty at Duke University focused on inflammatory arthritis, lupus and MSK ultrasound