Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Department of Medicine

Yearly Schedule

Year One

Each year of the curriculum is divided into 13 rotations of four weeks. During the first year, trainees rotate through the general medicine wards at NMH and at the West Side VA. Trainees have an ambulatory medicine rotation, two weeks of night float at NMH and three rotations on medical subspecialty inpatient units (Cardiology, Hematology-Oncology, Hepatology) and one or two subspecialty consultation electives. Three weeks of vacation are scheduled during outpatient, consult and nightfloat blocks.

Years Two and Three

During the 26 rotations of the second and third years each resident assumes additional responsibility functioning as a supervising resident on the general medicine, subspecialty and critical care rotations. The resident also assumes primary responsibility for ambulatory patients during several outpatient rotations (two to three rotations divided between the NMH emergency room and the VA ambulatory care areas). In addition, there are numerous elective rotations, which are selected from a list that includes research, ambulatory block medicine subspecialty electives, palliative care, women's health, and sports medicine. Residents are scheduled for three weeks of vacation and one week for conferences per year.

Residents are on call every sixth day on the General Medicine Wards at NMH. At VA-Westside, teams are on call approximately every six days. On ICU rotations call is every four days. There is a night float team at NMH every night from 7:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m. This team is composed of two interns who cross-cover patients already in the hospital and one resident who admits new patients. Each resident spends two to four weeks on night float each year.


"I was impressed with the support the residents had in achieving their goals, and I was blown away by their Cardiology match list. Northwestern is a program that does not limit my growth—whether I want to become a General internist or sub-specialize—I know that I always have access to the resources I need to excel. "