McGaw Certificate Programs

In an effort to offer residents and fellows a broad educational experience, McGaw has worked to develop certificate programs for those housestaff with specialized interests and anticipated career paths.  

 Bioethics Certificate Program

McGaw Bioethics Clinical Scholars Program

Our program offers Northwestern University’s McGaw Graduate Medical trainees (residents and fellows) a two-year scholars program that provides advanced training in the theory of bioethics and its application to clinical medicine.

The McGaw Bioethics Scholars Program is a two-year program and is co-sponsored by the Center for Bioethics and Medical Humanities and McGaw Medical Center.  Eligible trainees must complete the following curricular components:

  • Attend 10 Core Didactics/Workshops
  • Attend 12 Specialty Didactics/Workshops
  • Complete Asynchronous Learning
  • Participate in Practical Experience and Simulation Skills Practicum
  • Develop an Education Portfolio
  • Complete a scholarly project

These curricular components have been created to promote the ACGME health competencies across all 6 subcompetencies:

  • Patient care
  • Medical knowledge
  • Practice based learning and improvement
  • System based practice, professionalism
  • Interpersonal skills and communications
  • Professionalism

The program components are based on a needs assessment performed by the program leadership and are subject to change based on feedback from participants and mentors.

Program Objectives:

  • Understand the moral, philosophical, and historical basis of bioethics
  • Understand the basic principles of bioethics
  • Identify ethical features of a clinical encounter and develop critical skills necessary to evaluate ethical claims
  • Address ethical challenges and conflicts through defending a particular position on an ethical issue
  • Develop awareness of ethical issues that may occur across subspecialties.
  • Complete a scholarly product that allows the learner to increase their understanding of the ethical challenges in their own subspecialty

 Global Health Certificate Program

The Global Health Area of Focus is a unique opportunity for residents to learn more about global health issues, receive extensive pre-travel training, participate in an international elective, and complete a scholarly project.

Specific Aims

  • Offer an ACGME competency-based global health certificate program to McGaw trainees that will train them in clinical care delivery in resource-limited settings worldwide
  • Provide an education in core concepts in global health for trainees across specialties
  • Provide high-quality global health training experiences
  • Mentor residents through global health-focused scholarly projects


  • Residents who complete the certificate program will receive a certificate and designation upon graduation
  • Participants will gain exposure to a wide variety of multidisciplinary global health topics
  • Participants will have the opportunity to work and learn alongside residents and attendings from various subspecialties


  • Must submit signed mentor-mentee agreement after meeting with one of the program co-directors
  • Must complete all program requirements as detailed below, including attendance at core lectures, participation in simulation sessions and global health electives, and completion of a scholarly project

Certificate Program Co-Directors

 Medical Education Certificate Program

The Medical Education Area of Focus is a unique, collaborative opportunity to learn about the various aspects of medical education, develop mentorship and networking connections with other medical educators, improve skills in clinical teaching, and develop an individualized education portfolio.

Specific Aims

  • Provide residents who have an interest in medical education with the opportunity to receive more information in how to achieve this career path and increased opportunities to grow as an educator
  • Provide experiential opportunities in a variety of medical education formats, including clinical teaching, administration, educational research, curriculum design and assessment
  • Provide career mentorship to residents interested in medical education
  • Promote faculty-mentored scholarly activity in medical education for residents


  • Residents who complete the Area of Focus will receive a certificate and designation upon graduation.
  • Residents have the opportunity to attend workshops and presentations by local experts in medical education on topics encompassing clinical teaching, curricular design, learner assessment, administration and educational research.
  • Residents may network with medical educators and individual mentors to help with both career guidance and development of a portable education portfolio 
  • Individualized educational project may lead to journal publication, conference presentations and continuation of pursuits beyond residency
  • Residents become part of a larger community of trainees and faculty dedicated to education.


  • Core Curriculum Components(elements required of ALL residents – not only those in the Area of Focus)
    • Presentation of Continuity Clinic talks – PGY1, PGY2, PGY3 year
    • Cooper Colloquium presentations, including chief resident mentoring and program director assessment – PGY2, PGY3 year
    • Residents as Teachers and Leaders required web-based education – PGY1, PGY2, PGY3 year
    • Residents as Teachers and Leaders required workshop – PGY2 year
    • Teaching Senior week on General Medicine rotation
  • Area of Focus Specific Components
    • Conduct a scholarly senior project in education 
    • Complete curriculum delivered through monthly seminars and workshops, or web-based content.  Residents must attend ten sessions prior to graduation.  They must attend a minimum of three sessions on learning theory, three on teaching skills, two on career guidance and two on educational research.   These sessions will be provided as monthly seminars held during evening hours.
    • Participate in Clinical Educator elective, as well as a second month-long elective with an education focus that should be approved the co-directors of the Area of Focus
    • Participate in at least five educational experiences with reflection and feedback
    • Development of an education portfolio describing those medical education experiences, including reflection and evaluations.
  • Scholarship
    • Participate in a senior project in an area of medical education, which might include curriculum development or educational research
    • Involvement in annual Feinberg School of Medicine Medical Education Day
    • Opportunities for attendance/participation at regional/national meetings
  • Medical Education Experiences
    • Residents will be expected to participate in a variety of educational experiences ranging from large group to individual sessions and working with learners at different levels, including at the medical school and their co-residents.  They will also participate in peer feedback, observation by expert educators and mentors and self-reflection during some of these sessions.  The directors for the area of focus will maintain a list of available educational experiences as a reference for the residents.
    • Residents must document five teaching experiences in their education portfolio
    • Residents must include feedback in their portfolio on all of these five experiences, and this must include learner, self-evaluation, peer and expert feedback
    • Residents must document teaching experiences of at least three different types
  • Mentorship
    • A key component of this Area of Focus will include mentorship for residents, both for their scholarly projects, and for career mentorship. 
    • Residents will be matched with an educator in the department of pediatrics to serve as a mentor throughout their time in residency.  The mentor will also take primary responsibility for reviewing their education portfolio and developing an individualized plan for the area of focus. 
    • In addition to this relationship, career guidance will be a key topic during group meetings and a specific component to the core curriculum.

Certificate Program Co-Directors

Associate Faculty