Prepare For Your First Visit

We know that getting ready for your first visit can be stressful. Here’s a list that will make it easy to prepare for your first appointment.

Login to MyNM Patient Portal

The MyNM Patient Portal is a secure patient portal for Northwestern Medicine. With MyNM Patient Portal, you can manage your health records and communicate with your physician's office using your computer, smartphone or tablet. There is no cost to use the MyNM Patient Portal, and you can sign up online.

Learn how to sign-up.

Gather Medical Records

When coming and meeting with a specialist, it is important to have all possible documents to make your appointment productive. Download our checklist.

Check Your Insurance Coverage

Northwestern Medicine accepts a wide variety of insurance plans in commercial, government and exchange arenas. If you do not have insurance or need financial assistance, we can help.

Travel and Lodging

Located in downtown Chicago, Northwestern Memorial Hospital is a big place. We know it can be overwhelming, but we are here to make your visiting experience exceptional.

What to Expect at Your First Appointment

Your first visits will involve registration and meeting with your care team and doctor.

Registration: Remember to bring a valid photo ID and your insurance card. One of our Patient Service Representatives will help you:

  • Check in
  • Validate parking ticket
  • Sign consent forms
  • Review your insurance

Meeting with your doctor and care team: Your doctor and care team will review your medical history and perform a physical exam. Further testing may be scheduled by your care team if necessary. Your doctor and care team will discuss next steps with you and your family.

If at any point you have questions, call us at 312.695.8182.