MD Class of 2021 Northwestern University FEINBERG School of Medicine

New students kicked off the academic year at the Welcome BBQ held on the Museum of Contemporary Art lawn on August 2, 2017. Not only do they get to meet their fellow classmates, but they get to interact with Feinberg faculty and staff.

New students with Dean Eric Neilson.

Students with Amy Paller, MD, PhD, chair of the Department of Dermatology.

Breakaway Retreat is a one-day class trip for incoming medical students. The event incorporates leadership development, team building and personal development activities.

The entire M1 class travels by bus to the Irons Oaks Adventure Center in Olympia Fields, Illinois to take part in the Teams Challenge Course.

Introduction to the Profession Week

The goal of this first week is to introduce students to the themes of professionalism and professional identity that they will encounter throughout their medical education and their time as physicians.

M1s kicked off their first days of medical school with Basic Life Support training.

Throughout the week, students learn about core issues in ethics, teamwork, communication, patient safety and quality, personal awareness and self-care.

Students experienced many different teaching approaches, from interactive lectures to small group discussions, to team-based learning, to the opportunity to interview patients and health care professionals.

Students also met many of the key faculty who will be their teachers during years to come.

Class of 2021 Stats

Founders' Day Convocation

Founders’ Day is an annual tradition that serves to initiate the incoming class of first-year medical students, honor Feinberg’s founders and mark the official beginning of the new academic year.

Following the white coat ceremony, students recited the Declaration of Geneva, the modern-day expression of the Hippocratic Oath.

The Founders' Day Keynote address was delivered by John Csernansky, MD, chair of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences.

“The statements in our oath seem formal and high-minded, and you may well feel that you will need to wait for some great occasion to apply them in your practice in medicine,” said Csernansky. “However, I don’t think you will have to wait very long to test the promises that you will make today. You will be challenged to conduct yourself on the wards and in the clinic in a manner that fulfills your oath on a daily basis — especially after a long night on call.”

161 members of the Class of 2021 gathered at this year’s celebration, joined by their families, faculty and second-year medical students, who presented the incoming students with their white coats.

“It was a really neat moment. To have all the M1s together in the same place for the first time, celebrating the exact same thing was so special,” said Ariel Thames, a student in the Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP). “The energy was great, and it just feels really good to be here.”

Welcome Class of 2021!

Read the full Founders' Day 2017 story.

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