Graduate medical education has been undergoing rapid and significant changes in response to a variety of forces, including people's health needs and expectations, new diagnostic and therapeutic techniques, and changes in certification requirements. To be effective, educational programs must have the capacity to change, involve a certain amount of experimentation, and be flexible in approach and design. With this in mind, the Office of Graduate Medical Education (GME) envisions the present training programs as ongoing and evolving. For example, when Northwestern recognized that more physicians needed to be trained in primary care, a new Family Medicine residency program was developed. One of only some 20 training programs in the country located in a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) and affiliated with a university, it provides family medicine residents with community-based experience in underserved areas.
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine enjoys an outstanding reputation for teaching and research, and the combined resources available to the more than 1,000 graduate medical education students and fellows enrolled each year are varied and extensive. The member hospitals of the McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University, with a total capacity of more than 2,200 beds, are recognized for excellence in providing high-quality patient care. Ambulatory care experience is provided by assignment to the Northwestern Medical Faculty Foundation's Ambulatory Care Center, hospital outpatient services, and special diagnostic facilities.
The Feinberg School, in affiliation with the member hospitals of the McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University, offers over 80 fully approved residency and fellowship programs in surgical and medical specialties.