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 


Thank you for your interest in the Cook County-Loyola Family Medicine Residency Program.
This is a unique residency program that offers diverse training in a community hospital, a county hospital and a university based medical center. The training experience is an excellent opportunity for those with a special interest in providing care for the underserved and indigent patients. 
The Cook County Family Medicine Residency Program only accepts applications through  ERAS. You must have graduated no more than two years ago in order to apply. 
The following is the process once we receive your application: 
  • The recruitment committee reviews your application 
  • A decision is made to interview 
  • You are contacted via email and invited for a professional interview 
  • You call or e-mail us your selected interview date 
  • We meet and your interview begins 
Apply for a Sub-Internship 
Are you interested in applying for an audition rotation on our inpatient medicine service with some exposure to our community clinics? Please reach out to John Hayes, DO, our Family Medicine Faculty Lead for Medical Education  at  jrhayes@cookcountyhealth.org. Please include in your email: 
  • A short explanation of why you would like to rotate with us 
  • A copy of your CV 
  • The dates you would like to schedule a rotation 
Please note: We are only scheduling sub-internship rotations for students expected to graduate from U.S. medical schools. IMGs: You can apply to rotate at our institution if you attach a letter of recommendation from a Cook County Health attending physician. 

Didactic Curriculum

Core Focus Areas 
Primary Care Transition to Population Health Management (System Learning focus) 
We are rolling out a series of rapid improvement learning collaboratives 
  • Addressing Psychosocial Disparities (Cook County Health Integrated Behavioral Health Project) 
  • Chronic Disease/Med Management (Cook County Health Care Coordination/Clinical Pharmacy Projects) 
  • Medical Home Clinic Workflow and Operations (CMS Practice Transformation Initiative) 
Health Disparity Focused Maternal Child Health Service Line 
  • Build Volume and Community Engagement 
  • Achieve Equity by Reducing MCH Disparities 
  • Collaborate with OB, Peds, Nursing, Behavioral Health, Care Coordination 
Inter-disciplinary Training, Investigation and Research for Population Health 
  • Build Synergy and Alignment in Effort and Output 
  • Define Common, Shared Strategic Goals and Objectives for Training/Research 
  • Measure and Track Performance 
Clinical  Teaching Services: 
Opportunities to Develop Leadership and Scholarship Skills:
  • Building a framework for integrated, comprehensive care 
  • Chronic Disease and Complex Patient Care 
  • Coordinated, ethical and evidence-based care; prevent and alleviate suffering 
  • Empowering women and families to reduce health disparities 
  • Excellence in teaching, the art of learning by doing 
  • Facilitating success in work and exercise 
  • Faculty Development 
  • Geriatrics and Palliative Care 
  • Health Information and Technology Faculty: Leaders, Teachers and Mentors 
  • Hospital Medicine 
  • Identify and overcome barriers to self-management
  • Mental and Behavioral Health 
  • Musculoskeletal and Sports Medicine 
  • Patient-centered, from preconception, prenatal, birth and early childhood 
  • Patient-centered team care with coordinated transitions 
  • Perinatal and Maternal Child Health 
  • Population Health Management 
    • Primary Care Practice Transformation 
    • Teams and processes that bring the joy back to primary care 
    • Using data and care coordination for those at risk 
    • Using data for impact and improving the EMR 
    • Women’s Health, Reproductive Health Services 
    Advanced Life Support in Obstetrics (ALSO) 
    The Cook County Family Medicine Residency is holding Advanced Life Support in Obstetrics (ALSO) training annually.  
    ALSO® is an educational program developed for maternity care providers including physicians, nurses and certified nurse midwives. It is designed to enhance cognitive and procedural skills in the management of obstetrical emergencies. ALSO® is patterned after similar life support courses (e.g., ACLS®, ATLS®, PALS®) and is produced by local faculty in their communities in the interest of helping standardize emergency obstetrical procedures. 
    Course Objectives: 
    1. Discuss methods of managing pregnancy and birth urgencies and emergencies, which standardize the skills of practicing maternity care providers. 
    2. Demonstrate content and skill acquisition as evidenced by successful completion of online course examination, skills workstations, and group testing stations. 
    The course is in the new 1day format: 
    • Didactic learning will be accomplished via online modules. 
    • The 8hour course will consist of a 1hour orientation lecture followed by active training stations 

    John Hayes, DO 
    Course Director

    Clinical Schedule

    • 1 session per week Family Medicine Health Center 
    • 3 block rotations Family Medicine in-patient service 
    • 3 block rotations Family Medicine MCH service 
    • 1 block rotation Psych 
    • 1 block rotation Community Medicine 
    • 1 block rotation General Surgery 
    • 1 block rotation ICU 
    • 3 sessions per week Family Medicine Health Center 
    • 3 block rotations Family Medicine in-patient service (1 night float) 
    • 1 block rotation Family Medicine MCH service 
    • 1 block rotation Neurology 
    • 1 block rotation Geriatrics 
    • 1 block rotation Dermatology 
    • 1 block rotation Cardiology 
    • 1 block rotation Adult ER 
    • 2 block rotation Electives 
    • 4 sessions per week Family Medicine Health Center 
    • 3 block rotations Family Medicine in-patient service 
    • 1 block rotation Sports Medicine 
    • 1 block rotation Orthopedics 
    • 1 block rotation Family Medicine MCH 
    • 1 block rotation Neurology 
    • 1 block rotation Adult ER 
    • 3 block rotation Electives 
    Residents are precepted by board certified physicians and are given increasing responsibilities for patient care. Throughout the training program, residents care for patients at one of three ambulatory sites: Jorge Prieto Family Health Center, Englewood Health Center, or Near South Health Center. First year residents (PGY I) see patients 1 half day of clinic session per week, second year residents (PGY II) 3 half days of clinic session per week and third year resident (PGY III) 4 half days of clinic sessions per week. The clinical experiences include community service, as well as home and nursing home visits. Over the course of the residency, residents develop patient panels that provide a full range of care from obstetrics to geriatrics. 
    Seniors add a unique aspect to health care. Residents perform comprehensive geriatric assessment and intervention. Does the patient have too many prescriptions? Is the home safe? Is nutrition adequate? Are physical limitations compensated? Are mental imitations known? Are emotional and social needs being met? What is the role of family support in this person’s life? In the last stages of life, hospice care, home care and family support are key to giving good care to the patient. The art of caring for elderly is fine-tuned during residency, so that no matter how overwhelming the problem list, the patient is cared for expertly by the Family Medicine resident! 
    The curriculum is organized so the resident is prepared to give comprehensive, full-life cycle care to families in the inner city. Residents learn to care for pregnant women, deliver their babies, conduct newborn care and continue to give postpartum and well infant care. Residents proceed to deliver care to the family throughout these growing years of childhood to adolescence but include care to the parents with well-women gynecological type care and well-man preventive care. 
    Residents learn to diagnose and treat severe chronic illnesses. In addition, residents become skilled at conducting comprehensive family assessment and primary care office counseling to help patients back on track with medication adherence. Preventive care is mastered in this residency training program. HIV pre-test and post-test counseling is a routine part of the first year curriculum. Lead screening is not just a blood test but involves family and community work. Cancer screening training includes learning the right tests and frequency, counseling for life style changes, and learning flexible sigmoidoscopy. 

    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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