Residency Education

University of Chicago NorthShore Medicine's Family Medicine Residency program features innovative curriculum and excellence in evidence-based medicine and critical appraisal skills, allowing each resident to achieve a publication during residency. A novel new curriculum design was launched during the 2019-2020 academic year as part of the Family Medicine Innovation in Continuity Clinical Experience (FM-NICCE) Pilot. This unique curriculum design features 2 weeks of family medicine clinic in every block during the second and third years of training, allowing for a much richer outpatient experience. Residents are predicted to reach nearly 2,000 outpatient visits during their residency. Family Medicine residents develop broad experiences in a variety of procedures. Ample elective time is enhanced with access to specialized programs and leaders in Sports Medicine, Integrative Medicine and Women's Health, and off-site and even international options provide unique opportunities. Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) modules allow residents the chance to get direct feedback on patient interview and exam skills. Weekly Wednesday didactic conferences provide in-depth interactive sessions with faculty physicians, subspecialty colleagues, and resident peers.

We offer several different tracks to help residents gain skills and experience in areas of interest:

  • Women's Health
  • Sports Medicine
  • Integrative Medicine
  • Faculty Development
  • Urban Underserved ("LUCENT" program)
  • Maternity Care
  • Geriatrics/Palliative Care
  • Adolescent Medicine
  • Global Medicine
  • Obesity Medicine
  • Research
  • Urgent Care
  • Practice Management & Quality
  • Ethics & Humanities

Residents seeking an opportunity which is not currently offered can work with his or her faculty advisor to create a new track.

As part of the residency curriculum, residents are encouraged to participate in scholarly projects including:

  • Quality Improvement
  • Help Desk Answers
  • Scholarship Day


Quality Improvement and Population Health

Highlights of our curriculum include:

  • "Clinic First" curriculum with two weeks of family medicine clinic in each block during PGY2 and PGY3 year
  • Collaboration with on-site case management team to improve the care of complex patients
  • Longitudinal quality improvement curriculum
  • Opportunities for team and individual quality improvement projects
  • Teamwork / leadership training
  • Night float system to reduce call volume and improve resident wellness
  • Educational opportunities with Pritzker medical students and "residents as teachers" curriculum
  • Advocacy opportunities through the Illinois Academy of Family Physicians and participation in Spring Into Action