A well-established and mission-driven training program, the Cook County Family Medicine Residency prepares physicians to serve and help lead comprehensive primary care services, especially for underserved populations.

Resident physicians gain experience and develop expertise in the post-ACA safety-net health care environment.

As the role of the family medicine physician continues to expand, we not only equip our residents with the skills they need to care for families in largely underserved, urban communities, but also empower them for leadership roles in clinics, hospitals and health systems. 

Our program extends beyond the clinical management of individuals across the life cycle, with exposure to population health management, public health and performance improvement in complex health care organizations. Training occurs at patient-centered primary care medical homes with residents sited at one of our three community-based teaching health centers that primarily serve minority populations, including Jorge Prieto Health Center,  Near South Health Center  and  Englewood Health Center, and at  John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital of Cook County, augmented by educational experiences at Cook County Health and affiliated settings including Cermak Correctional Health Services, Cook County Department of Public Health, Loyola University Medical Center and La Rabida Children’s Hospital.

The Department of Family and Community Medicine is actively addressing health disparities across the Cook County Health system. We provide primary care to families at eight communitybased primary care medical homes, our large adult medicine inpatient service includes four teams, and we offer a new and innovative maternal child inpatient service. Department faculty serve in a variety of leadership roles at the local, regional and national level. Our team is actively involved in: 

  • Collaboration and innovation with other departments, specialties, organizations, and of course our communities,
  • Medical education, research and scholarship aimed at reducing health disparities; and 
  • Medical home team care and practice transformation.

The Department’s vision is inspired by the aligned strategic objectives for Cook County Health over the next three years: 

  • Achieve Health Equity 
  • Demonstrate Value 
  • Medical Education and Research  
  • Quality and Safety
  • Workforce 
  • Mark Loafman, MD, MPH 
  • Gail Y. Floyd, MD 
  • Amber Anderson, MD  
  • Camille Billingslea, MD, MPH 
  • Juliet Bradley, MD  
  • Sully Cardona, MD 
  • Crystal Cash, MD  
  • Dora Dixie, MD  
  • Debbie Donelson, MD  
  • Charles Edoigiawerie, MD, MPH 
  • John Hayes, DO  
  • Ayodeji Gbotosho, MD, Associate Director, FMIS 
  • Chukwueloka Ikedionwu, MD 
  • Whitney Lyn, MD, APD 
  • Julita McPherson, MD, MPH 
  • Lucy Munoz-Medina, MD  
  • Daniel Murphy, DO 
  • Vimarie Rodriguez, MD 
  • Avani Sheth, MD 
  • Thomas Sweder, MD, Director, FMIS 
  • Hector Vydas, MD 
  • Priscilla Ware, MD, APD 
  • Philip Wong, MD 

Welcome From the Department Chairman

The Department of Family and Community Medicine at Cook County Health  is actively engaged in addressing health disparities for the vulnerable populations we serve.
 Uniquely positioned in clinical and leadership roles across our large public health system, Family Physicians are making a positive impact on our patients and their families, our workforce, and on our health system. 
  • We work with patients across the entire life cycle, with amazing levels of collaboration with other departments and clinical program areas who view Family Physicians as allies in a shared service-oriented mission. 
  • We work in a diverse array of medical home clinics across the County where we care for families by providing the full spectrum of clinical services. 
  • We work in John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital on Family Medicine adult inpatient and Maternal Child Health teaching services, alongside legendary specialty services led by senior pioneers and young physician leaders. 
  • We work in all of these settings with behavioral health providers, care coordinators, clinical pharmacists and community health workers to address physical, social and psychological needs. 
The  department is helping the health system on a transformational journey, emphasizing communitybased and preventive primary care while continuing to optimize the world-class acute hospital services we have always been known for. The opportunity for family medicine to serve a leadership role in one of the nation’s largest fully integrated public health systems is exciting and inspiring. Our department’s educational, academic research and clinical practice priorities are laser focused on succeeding in this role. Bringing health equity to those most in need. 
Mark Loafman, MD, MPH 
Department Chairman 
Family and Community Medicine 

Welcome From the Program Director

Welcome, and thank you for your interest in the Cook County Family Medicine Residency Program.
This program has proud tradition of caring for the poor and medically underserved regardless of their ability to pay, national origin, or primary language. Our residents and faculty are advocates for our patients, helping them to access quality health care services. 
The Cook County Family Medicine Residency Program provides residents with a comprehensive, fascinating and diverse training experience. Rotations are designed to facilitate learning in a community setting; while having access to the latest medical technology at two well-known medical centers. You will experience a mixture of a busy medical center with many other residents to an unopposed environment with onetoone precepting. The Family Medicine Centers are the main activity sites for training, but residents provide continuity-of-care to patients as well in the hospital and residential settings, coordinating care plans that involve multi-disciplinary services and teams. The community medicine programs give residents access to young people with the goal of early intervention and illness prevention. 
We have a diverse faculty with many areas of expertise and experience, all enthusiastic about teaching and mentoring. 
There are many exciting opportunities in family medicine for graduate physicians in medical practice, research, administration and academic medicine. The health care challenges of today and the future await dedicated and innovative leaders; the goal of the Cook County Family Medicine Residency Program is to train our residents to become those leaders. We invite you to apply and look forward to hearing from you soon! 
Best Wishes, 
Gail Y. Floyd, MD 
Assistant Professor 
Program Director, Cook County Family Medicine Residency Program 

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I apply to the residency program? 
The Cook County Family Medicine Residency Program only accepts applications through the  Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS). 

How many residents are currently in the program? 
Currently there are 36 residents in the program. We have twelve intern positions available per year. 

At which of the three Family Medicine Centers will I see my continuity patients? 
Clinic selection is determined during orientation. A mutual decision is reached between the residents and faculty. Those applicants with Spanish competency will be given preferential placement at  Jorge Prieto Health Center. 

Where should I consider my home base? 
Residents will be assigned a Family Medicine Center, which is considered their home base. 

How often will I be on call? 
The call schedule is dependent upon the block rotation. Some rotations do not require residents to be on call. The program strictly adheres to the resident work duty hour rules as outlined by the ACGME. 

What are your criteria for matching applicants? 
There is a selection committee that includes faculty and resident representatives. All components of the application, personal statement and interview are used in the decision. 

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