Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Department of Surgery

Surgical Education

Education is a critical mission to Department of Surgery faculty at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.

So much so, that we developed a mission statement just for education to highlight the importance that not only do we want our learners to challenge themselves to achieve their maximum capabilities as surgeons, but to do so in a positive learning environment that drives learners to reach beyond what they thought possible.

To accomplish our mission, we have evolved a dynamic clinical curriculum that prioritizes education over service, a faculty trained to teach and hired with clear expectations of their role as facilitators of learning, and an educational structure that values residents as a group and as individuals with separate learning needs and ambitions.

Mission Statement (updated 2.28.18)

The Department of Surgery's education mission statement is to manage educational programs that as faculty we are proud of and committed to, where all interested faculty and related staff have an opportunity to contribute and grow as teachers, mentors, learners, educators, researchers and administrators. We want our faculty, education staff, and learners to feel respected, treated fairly, listened to, and accountable for the quality of the educational programs. Our aim is to provide a positive and supportive learning climate where individuals, regardless of level, are properly challenged to achieve their maximum potential personally and professionally. Above all, we want our learners and faculty to be fully satisfied by their accomplishments within our program.

Learn more about our associated educational programs and initiatives via the links on the left.

Commitment to Diversity

The Department of Surgery strongly encourages applications from minority candidates who are under-represented in our specialty, including women, racial and ethnic minorities, and LGBTQ students.

Northwestern University does not discriminate or permit discrimination by any member of its community against any individual on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, parental status, marital status, age, disability, citizenship, or veteran status in matters of admissions, employment, housing, or services or in the educational programs or activities it operates.


Please contact our office via email ( or phone: 312-926-2016 for verification inquiries.  Faxes can be sent to 312-926-7404.

Continuing Medical Education

Learn more about the education opportunities available to physicians through our department via Feinberg’s Continuing Medical Education site.

Faculty Development

Find development opportunities for Faculty Development via the Faculty Affairs Office or Department of Medical Education site.