Read the latest education news from Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine’s Department of Medicine. The links below take you to articles where you can learn more about our faculty’s latest achievements, awards, and honors.
- We are pleased to share the announcement of our new 2017 Internal Medicine Residents!
2017 Fellowship MatchThe Department is proud to welcome our new fellows to Northwestern!
2017 Fellowship Match Day
Yesterday was Fellowship Match Day, and we wanted to share our outstanding results with you. Northwestern residents matched at highly competitive programs throughout the country. While we appreciate the hard work of the residents in clinical care and research, we realize that a great deal of this success is the result of faculty mentorship.
Thank you for your support of the residents’ education and career development. A list of our residents who matched is below. You can view photos of our match event as well.
Ehete Bahiru - UCLA
Lilly Benck - Cedars Sinai
Greg Cascino - Northwestern
Pedro Engel Gonzalez - UT Southwestern
Rachel Kaplan - Northwestern
Ashley Pender - Stony Brook
Ramsey Wehbe - Northwestern
Michael Blanco - Vanderbilt
Adam Gluskin - Pittsburgh
Luke Hillman - Wisconsin
Antony Hsieh - Penn
Alex Lemmer - Northwestern
Kevin Liu - Northwestern
Ajay Singhvi - Pittsburgh
Maureen Whitsett - NYU
Andrew Davis - Northwestern
Adam Lin* - Northwestern
Dan Olson - University of Chicago
Ashley Pariser - Yale
Michael Schieber* - Northwestern
Bill Werbel - Johns Hopkins
Michael Yarrington - Duke
Josh Waitzman* - Northwestern
James Krings - Washington University
Nancy Lin - University of Colorado
Luisa Morales Nebreda* - Northwestern
Katy Secunda - Northwestern
Deepti Singhvi - Pittsburgh
Kimberly Showalter - Hospital for
Michael Wu - Johns Hopkins
*Physician Scientist Training Program
2016 residency graduate Dr. Ehete Bahiru received an NIH Fogarty Award to research understanding and improving acute coronary syndome in Kenya using mixed methods. This project is being funded by the National Institute of Health/Fogarty International center through the Northern Pacific Global Health Research Fellows and Training Consortium.
Dr. Bahiru's research mentors are Mark Huffman, MD, MPH (Assistant Professor in Preventive Medicine-Epidemiology and Medicine Cardiology, Northwestern University), Frederick Bukachi, MBChB, MSc, PhD (Cardiologist and Professor, University of Nairobi Department of Physiology), and Carey Farquhar, MD, MPH (Professor, Departments of Infectious Disease, Epidemiology, Global Health, University of Washington).
They are collaborating with Kenyatta National Hospital in Nairobi to create a pilot acute coronary syndrome (ACS) registry to assess presentation, management, and outcomes of patients with acute coronary syndrome. This work will be supported by qualitative research to understand the local facilitators and barriers to optimal ACS care and quality improvement as well as a systematic review on the effects of quality improvement interventions on cardiovascular outcomes for patients with ACS using randomized and quasi-randomized trials. The ultimate goal of this project is to create the necessary training, data collection, relationships, and research-infrastructure development to develop, implement, and evaluate a quality improvement intervention for Kenya.
Dr. Ehete Bahiru (front and fourth from left) stands with the director of the NIH, Dr. Francis Collins (back and center), and others from others from CDC Kenya, University of Nairobi, and the Kenyan Ministry of Health.
2016 Senior Dinner
The Department of Medicine celebrated the Class of 2016 for all of their accomplishments over the last three years. The evening included speeches and end of the year awards to selected residents, fellows, and faculty.
- Faculty teaching awardees are: Drs. Marianne Tschoe, Dan Schimmel, Raj Keswani, Keenan Hawkins, Patti Vassallo, Marion Stanley, Alicia Leung Raugh, Kannan Mutharasan, Anju Peters, and Aarati Didwania.
- Fellow awardees are: Drs. Kelly Foster, Neil Shea, Priya Maddur, and Rahul Sharma.
- Dr. Michael Angarone was awarded the Patterson Award for best teaching.
Residents also selected several among their class as named award winners:
- Drs. Sheila Ballintine and Amy Chen received the Blunck Awards for their commitment to general internal medicine.
- Dr. Eric Hansen received the Grumet Award for best teacher from the intern class.
- Drs. Jessica Kimmel and Ryan Nelson received the Webster Awards for being gifted clinicians, teachers, and humanitarians.
- Dr. Julie Waisbren received the Landsberg Award for leadership and professionalism.
- A new award was given this year, the Widen Award, established in honor of Dr. Arnold L. Widen, a beloved community health leader, was given to the senior resident who has demonstrated a commitment to community service. The inaugural winner of the Widen Award was Dr. En-Ling Wu.
We congratulate the entire class for a job well done and wish them all the best in the next steps of their medicine careers!
2016 Resident Research Day
The 27th Annual Department of Medicine Resident Resarch Day was held May 18 in the Galter Pavilion Atrium. Forty residents presented research projects in basic science, clinical research and quality improvement. A broad range of Northwestern faculty mentors helped residents excel in planning, completing and assessing their projects.
- First prize winner was Lilly Benck for her research, "Association Between Sustained Cardiorespiratory Fitness and Preservation of Lung Health from Young Adulthood to Middle Age: The CARDIA Study."
- Second place winner was Pedro Engel Gonzalez for his research, "Association of Left Ventricular Wall Thickness and Myocardial Scar With Adverse Events in Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy."
- Third place was awarded to Andrew Davis for his research, "Concordance of Genomic Alterations by Next-Generation Sequencing (NGS) in Tumor Tissue vs. Cell-Free DNA."
Thank you to our dedicated faculty members for their guidance and support, and thank you to our judges: Robert Bonow, Margaret Chapman, Yusra Cheema, Nimi Gonsalves, Matthew Feinstein, Anne Henkel, Sadiya Khan, Sean Kelly, Mary Mahiu, and Harris Perlman.
Community Health Clinic (CHC) and Northwestern IM residency awarded for their collaborationThe residency program was honored for their community service through their resident continuity clinics serving patients in the Humboldt Park area. CHC is one of the largest community health clinics in the country and was also honored in the partnership for the clinics service and dedication to education in hosting residents and students from multiple programs throughout the city. Northwestern’s program carries a long history with the clinic with many of the volunteer faculty being on staff at Northwestern from the clinics very beginnings. Read more about the clinic and volunteering.
Lewis Landsberg Research Day
Feinberg School of Medicine hosted the Lewis Landsberg Research Day with hundreds of posters in basic science, clinical research, public health and education.
The Department of Medicine had a great showing and multiple honors. Intern Dr. Hawkins Gay received first place in the public health category for his research on diet and hypertension. Researcher Lainie Cohen and Dr. Jeff Barsuk from the Division of Hospital Medicine earned second place in education for their project on simulation based education in thoracentesis. Hospitalist Dr. Ryan Buck received third place in clinical research for his quality project on transfusion utilization in oncology patients.
- Feinberg School of Medicine alumni, including residency alumni Drs. Benjamin Singer (2010), Clara Schroedl (2009), and Benjamin Kim (2006), advised current FSM students on success in medical school, residency, and beyond in a recent session led by Dr. Diane B. Wayne.
Dr. Jeffrey Barsuk was awarded a training grant to implement a central line simulation curriculum to 63 U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) facilities throughout the nation.
The innovative central line simulation-based training program has been used in the Department of Medicine Residency Program in 2006. All residents are trained during their second year and must achieve a high level of competency on simulated procedures before performing the procedure on a patient. Since training began, the rate of CLABSI for central lines placed by internal medicine residents has declined to near zero.
Best PGY2 TalksEmily Daviau, MD and April Jorge, MD won the awards for the best second year resident talks for the first half of the 2013-2014 academic year, selected by the chief medical residents. All residents give a noon conference talk on a topic of their choosing during their PGY2 year. Emily's topic was "Nutrition in the Hospital," and April's topic was "History, Ethics, and Legal Aspects of Organ Transplantation."
AHA Laennec WinnerCardiology EP fellow Daniel Pelchovitz, MD won the highly competitive Laennec competition at the recent American Heart Association meeting for his clinical case study of a young man with malignant RVOT ventricular tachycardia.
- Dr. Kai Sun's reseach on the relationship between extercise and osteoarthritis was recently featured on www.dailyrx.com. She also presented her findings at the annual meeting of the American College of Rheumatology. Following residency, Kai will be starting a fellowship in rheumatology at Cornell University/the Hospital for Special Surgery in July.