Family Medicine Residency Program

Welcome!

Thank you for visiting our website and for your interest. As one of the most established Family Medicine Residency Programs in the country, West Suburban Medical Center offers residents the entire breadth of Family Medicine, with significant depth in each of many facets.

Our Faculty have been here for the long term, many with tenure in excess of 10-15 years. The Program devotes much attention to providing residents with a balance of supervision and autonomy, specific for the level of training. Achieving confidence, competence, and teaching and leadership skills by the time of graduation is of great importance.

Only 9 miles west of downtown Chicago, there is much to explore outside the hospital; ensuring a healthy balance between professional and personal interests is viewed as critical to long-term success.

We welcome your questions and look forward to meeting you in person, through medical student clerkships or electives, or as an applicant to our program.

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Scott A. Levin, M.D.
Program Director

Questions about our Family Medicine Residency?
E-mail us: Program Administration: [email protected]

Program Strengths

West Suburban Medical Center offers all the advantages of a large medical center — in a community hospital setting. Our residents are exposed to challenging medical cases and collegial relationships with faculty. Our programs provide individually focused teaching from an enthusiastic faculty.

Other strengths include a thriving community hospital in an urban setting, an affiliation with Loyola Stritch School of Medicine, and Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago. We provide a friendly work environment where there is no shortage of interesting medical, surgical, and obstetric cases, as well as a program that encourages active input from residents in decisions of direction and policy. As a graduate, you will leave the program with a well-grounded foundation in caring for patients and an appreciation of the community hospital atmosphere. This combination of community experience coupled with an academic perspective allows our residency programs to offer a wide variety of opportunities for residents to acquire competency in the skills necessary to provide patient care. The Family Medicine Residency Program is dually accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) and the American Osteopathic Association (AOA).

The Family Medicine Residency Curriculum

Our Family Medicine Residency curriculum is designed to give you experience in a wide range of care. It will help prepare you to care for a diverse patient population throughout your health care career.

Program Locations

The West Suburban Family Medicine Residency accepts 10 first-year residents each year. The program assigns residents to one of four distinctive Family Medicine Center sites for their continuity clinic experiences. During the application process, students are oriented to the four centers: Dr. A.L. Burdick Family Medicine Center, PCC Lake Street Family Health Center, PCC Austin Family Health Center, and PCC Salud Family Health Center. Once enrolled in the program, incoming residents indicate their site preference, and assignments are made by the Program Director.

Dr. A.L. Burdick Family Medicine Center

West Suburban’s Family Medicine Center was accredited in 1972 and is assigned four new residents per year for a total of twelve residents at the site. This is the residency’s first training site and also serves as the location of the residency program’s administrative offices. The characteristics of the patients of this site reflect the heterogeneous nature of the population of the surrounding communities it serves. There is a full demographic range in education and income. Most adult patients are currently employed, and many patient visits are by members of managed health care plans. There is a significant demographic mixture of patients in culture, age, and gender. In the majority of cases, more than one family member receives care at this Center.

On September 17, 2009, nearly 100 physicians and family members attended the dedication of West Suburban Medical Center’s Family Medicine Center in honor of Dr. A.L. Burdick, founder of the Family Medicine Residency Program. Dr. Burdick was a visionary, a national leader, and one of the founding fathers of the Family Medicine movement in the United States. Dozens of doctors, now practicing family medicine physicians, traveled from as far as Maine to honor their mentor and pay tribute to Dr. Burdick’s extraordinary career.

PCC Community Wellness Centers

PCC Community Wellness Center hosts three of the four clinical sites: one at the main center located in Oak Park and two located in Chicago-Austin Family Health Center and Salud Family Health Center. In recognition of the need for community-based services for the medically indigent, PCC formed a community Board of Directors and was incorporated as a not-for-profit organization in June of 1993. PCC was approved as a Federally Qualified Health Center in 1994.

Lake Street Family Health Center – Oak Park Site

The Lake Street Family Health Center was accredited as a Family Medicine Center in 1994. The Center was founded in April of 1980 and is assigned two new residents at the site. It is located on the border of Chicago and Oak Park, Illinois. The mission of PCC is to provide quality, comprehensive health care for all the patients it serves, regardless of their ability to pay. PCC strives to promote preventive health care. PCC’s primary service area is the Chicago community of Austin, and also a significant portion of the communities of West and East Garfield Park, Humboldt Park and North Lawndale.

Salud Family Health Center – Chicago Site

The Salud Family Health Center was accredited as a Family Medicine Center in 1997 and is assigned two new residents per year for a total of six residents at the site. This center serves patients primarily from the city of Chicago’s northwest side communities of Belmont/Cragin, Hermosa, Humboldt Park, West Town and Austin. The patient population is largely working class. The Salud Family Health Center is one of the few medical facilities in the area with Spanish-speaking health care providers, and thus enjoys a growing Hispanic patient base. Residents selecting Salud as a Family Medicine Center are an integral part of its development as a residency-training site. Spanish-speaking ability is preferred, but not required.

Austin Family Health Center – Chicago Site

The Austin Family Health Center serves the Austin community—a predominantly African-American and impoverished community of Chicago’s west side. On January 25, 2010, the facility moved to a new and larger location. The new facility provides double the exam room space than the original location, and provides expanded behavioral health services, provides oral health services, and houses a 340b pharmacy and WIC program. In May 2010, the Austin Family Health Center was approved as our fourth continuity clinic site by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education. Beginning July 2010, two new residents are assigned at this site per year.

Videos

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A 2017 Graduate’s Advice to Students Seeking Residency Programs in 2020-2021

Patricia Martin, DO
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Somerville, NJ

Reflections From Our 2019 Graduates

IAFP 2020 Awards Ceremony

What a Year for West Suburban Alumni!

Family Physician of the Year

Alyssa Jeanne Vest Hart, DO, FAAFP
Class of 2009

Family Medicine Teacher of the Year

Carl Earl Lambert, Jr., MD, FAAFP
Class of 2014

Resident Teacher of the Year

Joanna Curran, MD
Class of 2020

IAFP President’s Award

Raj C. Shah, MD
Class of 2000

Congratulations to our West Suburban Medical Center Family Medicine Residency Program alumni!

Benefits & Stipends

Focus on Resident Wellness & Resilence

  • Annual Resident/Faculty Retreat
  • Monthly Support Group Meetings
  • Resident Fun Days

Examination

Paid days to take the USMLE Step 3 / COMLEX Level 3

Training & Certification: Offered During Orientation

Recertification: Offered During Senior Resident Years

  • Basic Life Support and Advanced Cardiac Life Support (BLS & ACLS)
  • Advanced Life Support in Obstetrics (ALSO) Training
  • Neonatal Resuscitation Program (NRP) Training
  • Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) Training
  • Recertification for BLS, ACLS, PALS, NRP offered during Senior Resident years.

Paid Membership(s)

  • American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP)
  • Illinois Academy of Family Physicians (IAFP)
  • American Osteopathic Association (AOA)
    • Annual dues paid by the Residency Program
    • Annual ABFM In-Training Examination and ACOFP In-Service Examination paid by the Residency Program

Paid Time Off (PTO)

Provided in accordance with WSMC Policy

Extended Illness Bank (EIB)

Provided in accordance with WSMC Policy

Insurance

  • Group Health Insurance
  • Group Dental Insurance
  • Long-Term Disability Insurance
  • Term Life Insurance
  • Professional Liability Insurance

Retirement Plan

401(k) offered

Flexible Spending Accounts

  • Health Care Contribution
  • Dependent Care Contribution

White Lab Coats

Two white lab coats will be provided to each resident in the first year. One additional coat will be provided to each resident in year two and in year three. WSMC will provide laundering of lab coats.

Gym Membership

Free Membership at WSMC’s on-site Health For Life Employee Gym

Business Cards

Provided

Meal Stipends for Call Coverage

An $11.50 meal stipend is provided to resident for each night they are on call at the medical center

Parking

Residents are allowed to park free-of-charge in the hospital parking garage and hospital parking lots

Questions about our Family Medicine Residency? E-mail us: Program Administration [email protected]

* PGY-3 Osteopathic Residents will receive an additional $1,000.00 that must be used to register for, and take, the American Board of Family Medicine Certification Examination in April of their third year of residency training.

Apply to Our Program

All three years of the West Suburban Family Medicine Residency Program are dually accredited by the ACGME and the AOA to bring only the best students to our program.

We accept applications only through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS). Your medical school dean’s office or the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) will provide information about how you can access this process.

After we receive your complete ERAS application, our Recruitment Committee will review your file. If your application meets our selection criteria, the Program Assistant will invite you, via e-mail, to schedule an interview. Interview appointments are scheduled November through mid-January. We look forward to hearing from you!

Additional Information for the Applicant:

  • 10 first-year resident positions are offered each academic year.
  • Our program participates in the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP).
  • Applications are accepted through the Electronic Residency Applicant Service (ERAS) only.
  • NRMP Match Code 1173120C0
  • All candidates must be United States citizens or Permanent Residents. We do not sponsor or accept any visas, even visas sponsored by the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) Exchange Visa Sponsorship Program (EVSP).
  • All applicants must possess excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Graduation from medical school within the past three years
  • Applicants with two or more attempts on any portion of the USMLE or COMLEX exam are less likely to be considered for an interview. Osteopathic applicants may submit USMLE or COMLEX scores.
  • Dean’s Letter (also known as the Medical Student Performance Evaluation) is required.
  • Three (3) current letters of recommendation (written within the past 12 months) are required. At least one letter should be from a Family Physician.
  • Medical School Transcript and Personal Statement are required.
  • All documents must have certified translations if not in English.
  • Applicants selected to interview are notified by e-mail.
  • Interviews are conducted mid-October through mid January.
  • Final application deadline (including receipt of all required documents) is December 1st.
  • The screening process does not consider gender, sexual orientation, age, race, religion, ethnic origin, economic status, veteran status, or place of residence.
  • All prospective employees must pass a criminal background check and drug screen.

Additional Information for International Medical Graduates:

  • Applicants must have one year (1 year) of current clinical experience in the United States: completion of clinical rotations in the United States within the past two years, precepted by a licensed allopathic or osteopathic physician, may fulfill this requirement. Research does not substitute for clinical experience.
  • Applicants must have received, or be eligible for, a currently valid ECFMG Certificate.

Questions about our Family Medicine Residency? E-mail us: Program Administration.