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Family Medicine Residency (Cook County-Loyola)

Family Medicine Residency Program Overview

Are you looking for a unique family medicine residency program? A program that offers training in community hospitals and an academic, tertiary care medical center. A program where you can truly begin to help people and develop into a skilled physician. Then perhaps the Cook County-Loyola Family Medicine Residency Program is exactly for you!

The Cook County-Loyola Family Medicine Residency Program is committed to preparing Family Medicine Residents for the unique experience of urban, community-based practice. Our mandate is to provide comprehensive, longitudinal training that equips the resident with the understanding, attitude and skills as effective patient advocates and potential leaders in designing successful care systems for traditionally underserved and indigent populations across the life cycle.

This program provides training at John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital of Cook County (formerly named Cook County Hospital), Loyola University Medical Center, and Hines VA. The program also focuses training in three community-based health centers that are located in underserved communities, which are: Jorge Prieto Health Center, Near South Health Center and Englewood Health Center.

Message from the Program Director

Welcome, and thank you for your interest in the Cook County-Loyola 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-Loyola 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 one to one 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-Loyola 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-Loyola Family Medicine Residency Program

Family Medicine Residency Curriculum


  • 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 general surgery
  • 1 block 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 orthopaedics
  • 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, 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.

Family Residency Program Contacts

For questions regarding the Cook County-Loyola-Provident Family Medicine Residency Program please contact the following individuals:

Evangeline Washington
Residency Coordinator
Office: 312-864-0663
Fax: 312-864-9804

Julia Baker
Residency Manager
Office: 708-216-1326
Fax: 312-864-9804

Gail Y. Floyd, MD
Program Director
Office: 312-864-0663
Fax: 312-864-9804

Chief Residents
Irma Perez, MD
Wilnise Jasmin, MD