Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Department of Medicine

Ambulatory Education

Ambulatory training has long been a highlight of the program. Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine residents care for a great variety of outpatients in general medicine. Each PGY1 trainee begins a half-day general medicine continuity clinic at either Legacy Northwestern Medical Faculty Foundation (NM) or the Jesse Brown VA Medical Center. At the beginning of the second year each resident adds a second half day of continuity clinic. Exposure to the both clinic settings provides experience in adapting to various systems of care, as well as the opportunity to manage an enormous variety of patients. Fulltime faculty members provide long-term education and follow-up.
  1. Residents have the option to have one of their continuity clinics one of our community health partners, CommunityHealth Clinic or Erie Family Health Center.  These clinics are fixtures in Chicago, have won awards for their service work and their partnership with our residency.  Read more here.  Spanish language skills are desirable in these locations but are not necessary. Additional opportunities exist to have a continuity clinic in Northwestern's Transitional Care clinic for an uninsured and underinsured patient population as well as primary care clinics with a focus on Women's Health.

  2. All residents are exposed to several ambulatory blocks teaching outpatient medicine in different settings.
    • Intern ambulatory block: this 2 week block develops fundamental skills and includes several academic half-days for learning.
    • VA Outpatient Urgent Care Clinic (OPD): residents will have two 4 week blocks over 3 years managing common outpatient conditions in the Veteran population.
    • Transition Clinic: This 2 week block for senior exposes residents to inpatients discharged from the hospital but who lack access to follow, teaching a deeper level of ‘systems of care.’

  3. The Ambulatory Medicine curriculum includes:
    • The ‘Pre-Clinic Conference’ is a case based session before each continuity clinic half day, and also included in the VA OPD rotation.
    • Hopkin’s Ambulatory Education Modules are web-based modules residents complete to supplement their ambulatory education.
    • Topics in ambulatory medicine are also included in our morning report and noon conference series.

  4. Numerous electives are available in outpatient medicine including a Women’s Health block, Dermatology, Community Health and all of the sub-specialties of medicine.

  5. Research opportunities abound for those interested.  Topics include population health, quality improvement, health care disparities, informatics, and more.

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Fulltime faculty members provide long-term education and follow-up. Locations available for other continuity clinic opportunities include three community centers that provide care to underserved populations in Chicago. These locations remain popular and are profound learning experiences.