Program Director's Welcome


Welcome to the University of Chicago NorthShore Family Medicine Residency program.

We are an academically rigorous program, with a focus on treating an underserved population. We offer all the advantages of training within a large, advanced medical system, while giving residents the experience of working in a community-based hospital setting and an outpatient FQHC.  Family Medicine has been the backbone of the Erie Family Health Centers in the Chicagoland area.  Our residents work and train at the Erie Evanston/Skokie Family Health Center, located at 1285 Hartrey Ave. in Evanston, Illinois. As an FQHC, Erie provides high quality healthcare to an ethnically diverse population, living on Chicago’s north side, including Evanston, Skokie and other suburbs. 

In 2019, our residency launched a new "2x2" curriculum as a part of the Family Medicine Innovation in Continuity Clinic Experience (FM-NICCE) Pilot.  Our residents spend a full 2 weeks in clinic during every educational block. This format has been uniformly embraced by our residents, as they become facile with understanding community resources, and immersed in the day to day functioning of our clinic.  Our behavioral health, geriatrics and community medicine curriculum are longitudinal experiences which foster integration into our community and reinforcement of these skills over the course of the residency training.

At U of C Northshore, you will have an opportunity to take electives and to participate in specialty tracks in the areas of Sports Medicine, Integrative Medicine, Women's Health, Maternity Care, Geriatrics, Faculty Development, Ethics,  and Urban Underserved Medicine. Residents are encouraged to develop their own electives that better meet their career goals including local, national and international elective experiences.

Our faculty are nationally and internationally known for their work in the realms of Advocacy, Quality Improvement, Integrative Medicine, Sports Medicine, Geriatrics, Narrative Therapy, and Faculty Development. With a faculty ratio of 1 to 3, we provide mentorship that allows our residents to grow and develop as family physicians, advocates, educators, and researchers.

Residents are integral to the success of the residency. Opportunities for leadership are ample and residents are invited to participate on Wellness Committee, Recruitment Committee, Quality Committee and Program Evaluation Committee among others. The residency promotes political involvement and advocacy through participation in the Spring in to Action each May and boasts 4 of the recent resident presidents of the Illinois Academy of Family Physicians.

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, many of the experiences, rotations, and educational opportunities have been changed or modified in order to keep patients, residents, and staff healthy and safe.  We hope for a return to normalcy soon, and in the mean-time, we are creatively continuing to care for our patients, our families and communities, and our residency family.

I invite you to take a closer look at our website and we look forward to meeting you.

Miriam K Whiteley, MD

The University of Chicago, Northshore, Family Medicine Residency