Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
Department of Medicine
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Yearly Schedule


"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."

Year One

The first year is focused on training interns in the fundamentals of inpatient medicine. First year residents are exposed to a diverse, urban population of patients with a broad mix of complex disease. Interns will rotate through general medicine, sub-specialty training within oncology, cardiology, and hepatology, as well as several of our intensive care units. Patient volumes and teams are structured to provide adequate support with an emphasis on learning. Call schedules vary from rotation to rotation but in general call occurs once every four to six days during day time hours. We have a night float system in place for all rotations that residents rotate through. The outpatient experience includes a continuity clinic and two ambulatory blocks to initiate interns in ambulatory medicine. Three weeks of vacation are given during elective and night float months.

Years Two and Three

During the second and third years, each resident assumes the responsibility of functioning as the supervising physician on the general medicine, subspecialty, and critical care rotations. Outpatient time is significantly increased, with greater emphasis on continuity of care. In addition, there are numerous elective rotations to provide broad exposure and personalize training. Four weeks of vacation are given during elective months.

 Sample Resident Schedule, Year One

2 NMH Wards
3 Cardiology Consults, Night Float
4 Oncology Blue Service and NMFF Outpatient Clinic
5 Cardiology Service and VA Outpatient Department
6 Hepatology Service
7 Pulmonary Consults, Night Float
8 VA Wards
9 VA Wards
10 NMH Wards
11 ID Consults, Night Float
12 Oncology Red Service
13 CCU

 Sample Resident Schedule, Year Two

1 Endocrine Consults
2 NMH Wards
3 West Side Critical Care
4 Research
5 Research
6 Hepatology
7 Rheumatology Consults, Night Float
9 Allergy Consults, MICU Night Float
10 NMH Wards
11 VA Wards
12 Sports Medicine, Night Float

 Sample Resident Schedule, Year Three

1 Benign Hematology Consults
2 Hematology/
Oncology Service
3 NMH Wards
5 Nephrology Outpatient
6 Geriatrics, Neurology, Palliative Care Consults
7 Research
9 Nephrology Consults
10 HIV Medicine
11 EKG Reading, Echocardiography
12 NMH Wards
13 Cardiology Service
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