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Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
Department of Pathology
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Chief Residents' Message

At Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, we have a long tradition of graduating top-notch pathologists. This is because our residents benefit from diverse anatomic and clinical pathology learning environments, high-volume services, robust didactics and a wide set of opportunities in research and leadership training with outstanding and supportive faculty.  

The clinical breadth available to a Feinberg resident is truly astounding. Within just the several-block radius of our downtown Chicago campus, we rotate through the hospital's main pavilions and are truly integrated into the hospital's system. 

State-of-the-Art Facilities

The adjoining Galter and Feinberg Pavilions house most of our department on the seventh floor and serve as our primary site with surgical pathology, cytopathology, and hematopathology areas, as well as our blood bank, chemistry, and other labs. Feinberg contains most of the hospital's operating rooms (ORs) and our adjacent gross room. Prentice Women's Hospital also has active OR’s and a smaller satellite gross room.

Our neuropathology and autopsy areas, as well as microbiology, molecular, and cytogenetics labs are in Olson Pavilion, while dermatopathology is located in Arkes Pavilion. The Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago offers a spot to our residents for both anatomic and clinical pediatric pathology rotations. All of these buildings are connected via bridges and tunnels, making navigation between them quick and easy.  For our medical examiner's rotation, we rotate off-site at the Cook County office, which is still within Chicago.

Living in a World-class City

The benefits of completing a residency here at Feinberg do not end when you leave the hospital. Chicago is a world-class city that offers something for everyone. A rich cultural life in each neighborhood, an excellent dining scene, an endless number of festivals and good professional sports teams keep the city alive and excited throughout every season. 

Additionally, our program hosts a yearly welcome party for incoming residents, a resident-fellow holiday party, happy hours throughout the year, and a residency-fellowship graduation dinner. Our residents have plenty of time to enjoy this elite city and all that it has to offer.  

 

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Preparing for Career Success

After residency, what does a Northwestern graduate do? Whatever they choose. Our residents successfully obtain competitive fellowships and jobs across the nation in both private practice and academic settings. As a testament to our program and the culture of our department, many of our graduating residents stay on for their fellowship training. 

We hope you now have a good sense of the Department of Pathology. Please contact us with any questions you may have about our program. We wish you the best of luck during the application process and hope to meet you in Chicago!

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Michael Swete, DO
Chief Pathology Resident
michael.swete@northwestern.edu

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Jessica Nguyen, MD
Chief Pathology Resident
jessica.nguyen@northwestern.edu

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