Treatment in a Teaching Hospital:
What it Means for Your Child’s Care

Educating physicians and nurses is part of our mission, and we are the teaching hospital for Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. That means that our hospital is a site for graduate medical education, which is the last training phase for physicians who have successfully completed medical school.

We also help pediatric research and develop new treatments and cures. This means patients receive the most advanced and appropriate treatment available, even for complex or rare conditions.

Your Child’s Healthcare Team

Attending Physicians

Attending physicians supervise and train the graduate doctors who may visit your child during their stay.


Fellows are doctors who have completed a pediatric residency and are now working closely with the doctors in an area (such as infectious disease or adolescent medicine) in which they have chosen to specialize.


The residents are fully-qualified, licensed physicians who have graduated from medical school and have come to Lurie Children’s for advanced training in pediatrics. Resident physicians write orders and make decisions related to your child’s care under the direct supervision of the attending physician.

Medical Students

Medical students have completed undergraduate school and are currently in medical school to acquire knowledge and skills to become a doctor. They work under the close supervision of the physicians. They do not make independent decisions about care, but provide an extra pair of educated eyes and ears, and are able to help with any needed research.

Meet your child's entire care team.

Many Specialists Means Many Visits

As a teaching hospital, Lurie Children’s fosters an environment where many specialists are thinking about your child, leading to more thorough patient care. A team of physicians cares for your child, which means that your child can be seen and examined by several different people. Doctors may ask the same questions again and again. Some parents like this because they feel that their child is being thoroughly examined, but others don't like having so many physicians involved.

As an important part of the care team, you have valuable information to contribute. Your help and participation can offer our caregivers a fresh perspective on your child’s condition. ​​