Northwestern University Medical School

June 13, 2016
Few gifts offer greater

Rubloff on lakefront with Hancock building in aboveNorthwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, founded in 1859, attracts talented individuals to its faculty, staff, and student body through its cutting-edge research initiatives, superb clinical affiliates, global outlook, and innovative curriculum. Located in the heart of Chicago’s Magnificent Mile, Feinberg has built a national reputation for excellence through a strong history of collaborative, interdisciplinary medical education and research, and along with Northwestern Memorial Hospital and Northwestern Medical Group is part of the premier academic medical center known as Northwestern Medicine. Feinberg stands out among the nation's research-intensive medical schools and consistently receives high marks in U.S. News & World Report surveys. Through its affiliates, it provides patient care to thousands of individuals every year, and plays an integral part in the communities it serves.

Our Mission

The defining mission of Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine is to mentor and educate students to become exceptional, compassionate and innovative physicians, educators, and researchers. We expect our students to be inquiry-driven team leaders who will serve their patients, communities, and society.


  • Feinberg holds the No. 19 spot in the 2015 U.S. News & World Report ranking of top research-oriented medical schools in the country. Among departmental rankings, women's health ranks No. 9, internal medicine No. 13, and pediatrics No. 15.
  • Feinberg continues to ascend the National Institutes of Health funding rankings, moving from No. 39 in 2001 to No. 21 in 2013.
  • Northwestern Memorial Hospital and Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago are both ranked No. 11 in the U.S. News & World Report lists of Honor Roll hospitals for 2015-16, and the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago ranked No. 1 for the twenty-fifth consecutive year.


Students have opportunities to participate in nearly 70 student organizations and 18 global clinical experiences. In the 2015-2016 academic year, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine serves 638 MD students and 1135 residents and fellows. Learn more about the student population from academic years 2014 to 2019.

Class of 2019

The Class of 2019 is made up of a diverse group of students from different cultural, ethnic, and educational backgrounds.


Our faculty of approximately 3, 700 members teach and conduct basic and clinical research through:

  • Seven basic science departments
  • Twenty clinical departments
  • Thirty centers
  • Ten institutes

Research at a Glance

  • Feinberg provides 65 percent of all research across Northwestern University.
  • Researchers received 1, 643 awards totaling $389.8 million in the 2013-2014 academic year.
  • Feinberg’s research space totaled 665, 000 total sq. ft. in academic year 2012-2013, comprised of approximately 500, 000 sq. ft. of wet lab space and 165, 000 sq. ft. of dry lab space.
  • Nearly 1, 000 clinical trials take place at Feinberg and its affiliates every year.


  • Clinical Medicine centers on the development of clinical skills, including medical decision-making and clinical reasoning, and patient safety and quality improvement.
  • Science in Medicine fosters the scientific knowledge necessary to practice medicine.
  • Health and Society explores ways in which wellness is promoted in a population, including health disparities and outcomes, as well as the global integration of medicine with societal elements.
  • Professional Development includes topics for personal and professional development, such as teamwork and leadership.
Medical Research at Northwestern University Feinberg
Medical Research at Northwestern University Feinberg ...
Dr. David Channin, Northwestern Medical School, discusses
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