Northwestern Medicine Magazine (known as Ward Rounds from fall 1984 to early 2014) is published quarterly for alumni and friends of Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern Memorial HealthCare and the McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University. The name of the publication changed in winter 2013-14, in line with a more comprehensive offering of activities across the Northwestern Medicine academic medical center and health system.


How long was Ward Rounds in existence?

Ward Rounds was launched in fall 1984, but prior to that, there were a number of other names for the medical school publication. It all began in June 1899 with a newsletter called the Quarterly Bulletin which was published until 1912 and then resumed again from 1940 to 1962. In June 1963, Northwestern University Medical School Magazine was born. It was printed three times annually for the next 10 years. In the winter of 1974, yet another magazine that lasted 10 years was brought to life, Northwestern University Medical Center Magazine.

Ward Rounds magazine was a quarterly print publication until 2008, when it was also offered online. To reduce costs in 2010/2011, only two issues were printed annually, while continuing to offer the magazine online each quarter. With the print reduction, we incorporated a history blog, audio/video elements and slideshows to feature content in new ways in the online version. In 2012, we returned to printing four issues a year because alumni were beginning to feel disconnected from the medical school.

Created for graduates, faculty, staff, students and friends of Northwestern University’s medical school, the magazine was intended to keep alumni informed about happenings at their alma mater and to keep them in touch with their classmates.

In early 2014, we renamed the publication Northwestern Medicine Magazine to be more inclusive of activities across the academic medical center and health system. As we introduced this new name and Northwestern Medicine identity, we incorporated more clinical content and created a joint Leadership Message, penned by the dean of the medical school and the president/CEO of our clinical partner, Northwestern Memorial HealthCare.


Who receives Northwestern Medicine Magazine?

The print magazine is sent to nearly 40,000 people four times each year, and more access the online version of the publication. About half of the recipients are Northwestern University medical school alumni and spouses. Additional audiences include faculty, staff, students and donors, as well as Northwestern Memorial Healthcare leadership, trustees and board members. The magazine is provided free of charge.


How is the publication funded?

The magazine is fully funded by the Feinberg School of Medicine, which also manages all production and distribution activities.


What type of content is included?

Northwestern Medicine Magazine features education, research and clinical news at the medical school and its affiliate institutions, as well as alumni and faculty updates and profiles.


Where do story ideas originate?

Stories come from keeping our eyes and ears open. Staff in the Office of Communications meet with faculty members, comb the web site and various internal newsletters, attend lectures and events, and talk to students to find out what’s going on at the school.


How can alumni submit news to the magazine?

We feature alumni updates in the Progress Notes section of Northwestern Medicine Magazine. Please send us your news (and photos) by emailing or by filling out the form on our Contact page.


Do alumni provide input to the magazine?

Northwestern Medicine Magazine has a dedicated editorial board that meets two times annually (spring and fall) to provide input on the publication. Along with MD alumni, there are physical therapy and PhD graduates providing their counsel, in addition to medical school staff. If you are an alumnus and would like to be involved, please contact Nora Dunne at