Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Department of Pediatrics

Diversity & Inclusion

Diversity and Inclusion

The Department of Pediatrics strives to create and maintain training programs that mirror the diverse patient population we serve in Chicago. We believe that diverse faculty, residency and fellowship programs are essential to our long-term success as leaders in academic medicine. As such, we embrace diversity as part of our commitment to excellence in our mission areas of patient care, research and education. The Department of Pediatrics strongly encourages applications from candidates from groups traditionally under-represented in medicine. 

 ​Learn more about our diversity efforts at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and the McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University.

Resident Diversity Committee

The Resident Diversity Committee is a resident-driven initiative, intended to facilitate activities, promote discussion, suggest program improvements, and refer resources throughout the broad Northwestern and Lurie Children’s communities.  Feel free to contact any of the individuals below with questions!

James W. Collins, MD, MPH

Associate Program Director & Resident Diversity Committee Advisor

PGY-3 Members

PGY-2 Members

PGY-1 Members

Ernika Quimby, MD                 
Paris Kingsberry, MD             
Kyle MacQuarrie, MD, PhD    
Julia Pederson, MD                            
Eleonore Valencia, MD          

Elaine Coldren, MD                
Hawa Forkpa, MD                  
Deepa Joshi, MD                  
Julia Mattson, MD, PhD   
Elisa Ochfeld, MD  
Jessica Sheth, MD  
Kathryn Smythe, MD  
Christina Sul, MD  
Wuroh Timbo, MD
Selina Varma, MD, MPH
Sarah Wang, MD
J Whitehead, MD          

Selby Chu, MD                
Joanna Garcia Pierce, MD                
Shaniqua Johnson, MD                  
Janna Lam, MD

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Certificate Program Options

For residents with a particular interest in care for underserved populations, there are a number of opportunities.  Our program offers Certificate Options in Advocacy & Population Health, Global Health, and Primary Care & Community Health; these specialized pathways include career mentoring, networking and research opportunities, and focused journal clubs.  Many faculty members have similar interests and an array of projects where resident involvement would be welcome.  Residents may request Continuity Clinic placement at our Uptown location, a neighborhood that is home to a large immigrant population and a wide variety of ethnic backgrounds.  Elective or outpatient rotation placement is also possible in community practices that focus on Spanish-speaking or underserved populations.

LGBTQ Applicants

Our program values the diversity of each intern class in order to create a rich training environment for our housestaff. We match applicants from a variety of cultural and ethnic backgrounds, genders, religions, as well as residents from the LGBTQ community.  Our program’s long-standing tradition of advocacy and community activism is exemplified by the numerous opportunities for residents to get involved with national organizations such as the American Academy of Pediatrics or spending time at the clinic for Transgender Youth and even a Community Medicine and Advocacy rotation.  For LGBTQ applicants, we understand that it may be important for you to find a pediatric program that will provide you excellent training as well as be affirming and supportive of LGBTQ residents. Likewise, it may be important for you to live in a city with a prominent LGBTQ community. We acknowledge that it can be difficult and intimidating to ask questions addressing these important concerns; please be assured that current residents in our program are more than willing to answer any questions you have.

Hospital Diversity Steering Committee

As a key provider for underserved populations in the Chicagoland area, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital strives to recruit top-quality candidates for employment throughout the hospital to provide the best service and patient care possible.  All employees participate in basic Cultural Competency training as part of their orientation.  The Diversity Steering Committee sponsors enrichment activities for hospital physicians, nurses, trainees, and staff, including a formal lecture series, small group discussions, films, and more.  These sessions focus on building knowledge, skills and behaviors that are necessary to care for and provide service to our patients and their families.  Standards are further being developed to promote a sensitive approach to team relationships and problem solving.  Chief Resident Elizabeth Groothuis, MD, MPH represent our program on this hospital-wide committee.

Northwestern Medicine Diversity & Inclusion Programs

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.

  • The Feinberg Office of Diversity and Inclusion works with students, residents, staff and faculty to further our mission of achieving a campus environment of belonging and inclusion for all. 
  • The Northwestern McGaw Underrepresented Residents and Fellows Forum is an inter-departmental group that consists of residents and/or fellows who carry out programming in four areas: mentoring, networking & career development, outreach, and strategy & collaboration. Work is focused on (but not limited to) race, ethnicity, gender and sexual orientation.
  • The Northwestern Chicago OUT Network is a campus- and affiliate-wide networking group for LGBTQA (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, ally) faculty, staff, students, fellows, and residents on the Northwestern Chicago campus. Quarterly events draw participants from the medical school, graduate school, affiliated hospitals and clinics. Feinberg also offers Safe Space Training for faculty, staff, students, and residents.
  • The Institute for Women’s Health Monthly Forums were introduced in 2008 to advance women’s health research at Northwestern and to increase awareness among health professionals, researchers, and consumers that sex and gender matter in health and disease. Through the monthly forums, the Institute provides a platform for leading professionals to present their evidence-based research that
    focuses on basic science, clinical applications, or social implications of sexual dimorphisms.
  • Evening classes in Medical Spanish are offered to residents at a discounted rate every fall, spring, and summer semester. For fluent speakers, case discussion and physical exam skills didactic courses are offered annually. The Northwestern Medicine Spanish program partners with the Northwestern Memorial Academy and offers classes across all graduate disciplines and staff areas of the hospital.