Featuring: Linda I. Suleiman, MD
Each year, Northwestern Medicine hosts a four-week-long summer intensive for George Westinghouse College Prep students participating in the Northwestern Medicine GCM Grosvenor Scholars Program.
Linda I. Suleiman, MD, a specialist in joint replacement, adult reconstruction surgery and orthopaedic surgery, and assistant professor of Orthopaedic Surgery and Medical Education at Northwestern Medicine, served as course director. “I was really excited that orthopaedic surgery was chosen this year. It’s a field you don’t get a lot of early exposure to,” she says. “It’s one of the most competitive specialties but also one of the least diverse, so this was so impactful.”
Northwestern Medicine is invested in building a diverse talent pipeline for future physicians and biomedical scientists. Westinghouse College Prep primarily serves Black and Hispanic students from across Chicago. The Northwestern Medicine Scholars Program offers experiences that enable students to explore and be better prepared for potential careers in medicine.
“To understand orthopaedics, you just have to get your hands on it,” Dr. Suleiman says. “Being able to take the students into the operating room gives them a feel for what it’s like to be an orthopaedic surgeon.”
Mentorship is also a key part of the NM Scholars Program, and Dr. Suleiman made a point to ensure students were meeting different residents and faculty members at each session.
“I wouldn’t have become an orthopaedic surgeon without a lot of great mentors,” Dr. Suleiman says. “Our program is very integrated with our residents and faculty, and we brought new people out to every session with the students so they could build peer relationships across the specialty.”
Linda I. Suleiman, MD, Director of Diversity and Inclusion, McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University, Assistant Dean of Medical Education, Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery and Medical Education
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