The Northwestern McGaw Family Medicine Residency at Lake Forest (ACGME Code 1201600702) is dedicated to the education of outstanding family physicians and community leaders. Our mission is to prepare our residents to be highly skilled family physicians, able to serve the needs of their communities and to advance the scientific basis of the practice of family medicine. Through training at Northwestern Lake Forest, residents will have extensive experience in inpatient and outpatient settings, integrative medicine, sports medicine, palliative care and community health. We promote and encourage a philosophy of life-long continuing education and scholarly activities for residents, faculty, and colleagues within and outside of our organization.
In 2015, Northwestern McGaw Family Medicine Residency welcomed its first class of residents.
Our Program Goals
- To provide quality family medicine resident education
- To promote development of leadership skills
- To promote the philosophy of life-long education
We invite you to learn more about the program via the information below.
Class of 2018
Tara Ali, MD
Medical School: Rush University
Tara grew up in the Chicagoland area and attended Loyola University Chicago for her undergraduate education. During medical school at Rush Medical College, she volunteered at several free clinics throughout the city and developed a passion for working with underserved patient populations. She chose Northwestern for the opportunities to continue this work via the program's partnership with Erie HealthReach Waukegan, a Federally Qualified Health Center, as well as through the global health track. Her other professional interests include women's health, urgent care and behavioral medicine. She looks forward to learning from the talented and supportive faculty and residents at Northwestern. Tara is fluent in Urdu and continues to work on her Spanish. In her free time she enjoys spending time with family and friends, hiking, kayaking, trying out new restaurants and cooking.
Anna Balabanova, MD
Medical School: Northwestern University
Anna was born in Russia, and then spent much of her life in Colorado Springs, Colorado. She bleeds purple, having attended Northwestern for undergraduate, medical school, and now residency (Go Wildcats)! As a student athlete and coach who earned a US Figure Skating Gold Medal, she developed an interest in diet, exercise, and helping others achieve their health goals, which she is excited to incorporate into her Family Medicine training. Anna has a passion for Integrative Medicine and has chaired the National Student Conference in Integrative Medicine and founded the Chicago Holistic and Integrative Medicine Program Series, and she loves that the Northwestern Lake Forest program incorporates Integrative Medicine into the curriculum. Anna was awarded a grant from the Weil Foundation as well as the Hoyt and Vernon C. Voltz, MD, Scholarships. Anna speaks fluent Russian and French and in her free time she enjoys long distance running, swimming, figure skating, skiing, anything outdoors and sampling chocolate around Chicago.
Latoya Epps-Scott, MD
Medical School: Medical University of South Carolina
Latoya was born and raised in coastal South Carolina and is now a proud resident of northern Illinois. She was drawn to the Northwestern McGaw Family Medicine Residency at Lake Forest Program because of the strong academic and clinical training opportunities in combination with the innovative facilities. She has a strong affinity to help people in areas of preventive medicine and mentorship and feels that her residency experience will prepare her for a successful career in medicine. During medical school, Dr. Epps-Scott participated in a host of activities to gain the best medical school experience possible. As a result of her involvement, she graduated with the following memberships: Charleston County Women's Medical Society, Alcohol Advisory Group, Multicultural Student Advisory Board, and Mentorship Ensures Medical School Success. Her efforts were recognized during her coursework and she was awarded the Dr. Allen Johnson Scholarship in 2013. In her time away from her medical career Dr. Epps-Scott enjoys sports, long calls with family members and traveling with her husband. Dr. Epps-Scott is extremely excited to be a part of the Northwestern Medicine family and anticipated contributing to the world class healthcare that it is known to provide.
Ryan Golden, MD
Medical School: Rush University
Ryan grew up in Moline, Illinois. After graduating from DePauw University he attended Rush Medical College. Ryan is interested in Population Health Management, Quality Improvement and Informatics. He chose Northwestern for residency because he felt that it would be a great place to develop those interests while getting excellent clinical training. In his spare time, he enjoys rooting for the Cubs and the Bears, grilling out and taking long walks with his wife, Alex. Over the next three years he looks forward to growing as a physician and helping to develop the Northwestern McGaw Family Medicine Residency at Lake Forest.
J. Mica Guzman, MD
Medical School: Drexel University
Mica was born in Panama and grew up living a military lifestyle and says the exposure gave him an increased awareness of differing cultures, beliefs and the impact family has on well-being. He grew up with exposure in providing relief efforts to communities through his father's squadron and this service to others continued in medical school.
In medical school he served as class president, volunteered in various health outreach clinics, and took part in providing lessons for students to become more comfortable interviewing Spanish speaking patients. He served as national LMSA community chair and was in additional volunteer activities for which he received recognitions and awards for service to administration, student body, and the community.
Mica proudly says Northwestern McGaw at Lake Forest was his number one choice. Upon arriving and meeting Dr. Deborah S. Clements, the faculty, and how supportive the administration was there was no other choice. Mica relates "I desired to be part of an institution where service to the patient is without compromise and while still being provided the university academics necessary to grow and be current. I also wanted a program where there was room to work after completing residency- where graduates would be desired and looked towards becoming leaders and attendings for the community of Northwestern. Here, that is but one of numerous advantages." He enjoys teaching, is very approachable, and likes receiving feedback.
When free time is available Mica enjoys any outdoor activity, is on the lookout for where to do stand-up paddle boarding, does woodworking projects and enjoys painting. He's great at cooking, but a self-admitted poor baker!
Tiffany Holland, MD
Medical School: Meharry Medical College
Tiffany is originally from Cincinnati, Ohio. After attending medical school on a military scholarship, she completed a military internship in obstetrics and gynecology. During that experience; however, she found that her true calling was in Family Medicine. As a lieutenant in the United States Navy, she served four years providing general health care to military active duty, veterans and dependents. She is very excited to now be joining the Northwestern McGaw Family Medicine Residency at Lake Forest program. Accompanying her is her husband Adam of 10 years and their children Adam and Anya, ages 7 and 3. In addition to studying medicine she enjoys jogging, writing and spending time with her family. She finds great strength and inspiration from her faith in Jesus Christ, to whom she is exceedingly grateful for this opportunity.
Jennah LaHood, MD
Medical School: University of Illinois
Jennah was born and raised in Peoria, Illinois. During medical school, she participated in the Rural Medical Educational Program (RMED), a four-year curriculum focusing on rural and community-oriented primary care. She always wanted to be a family doctor and developed a passion for underserved medicine while rotating in not-for-profit primary care clinics in medical school. Initially, she was attracted to the Northwestern program for its dedication to community medicine, diverse patient population and clinical settings, and opportunity to practice Spanish. Upon interviewing, she saw how supportive and eager to teach the program’s faculty were and realized how exciting it is to help pave the way in a new program! She has interests in women’s health and global medicine. In her free time she enjoys running, playing soccer, baking cookies and spending time with her cat, Rumi.
Aditya Shah, MD
Medical School: Indiana University School of Medicine
Aditya spent half his life in India and the other half in Northwest Indiana. He is excited to continue his medical training in Northwestern McGaw Family Medicine Residency at Lake Forest and eager to explore all outdoor activities by the lakeshore. He is interested in being on the front lines of medicine, and being the first to treat a wide variety of pathology in a diverse patient population. He enjoys the opportunity to work with vulnerable populations, improving care for all patients. His multiple global health experiences in Haiti and India solidified his desire of wanting to work with a wide gamut of patients who are in dire need. He is very passionate about preventative medicine and believes in promoting good health through building lifelong relationships with patients and their families. He was drawn to Northwestern’s inaugural residency program at Lake Forest because of the amazing and distinguished faculty, commitment to the success of their residents, dedication to delivering quality healthcare to underserved population, strong global health program and an innovative curriculum. In his free time, Aditya likes to explore different cultures through cuisine and travel and spending time with family and friends.
Class of 2019
Jeevan Abraham, MD
Medical School: University of South Carolina
Jeevan was born and raised in South Carolina with his roots in Southern India. He attended Wofford College where he majored in biology and then continued on to the University of South Carolina for medical school. Jeevan has always had a passion for community service and has volunteered in many different programs, which fueled his fire for serving people. His professional interests include global medicine, preventative care and public health, which led him to pursue the field of Family Medicine.
Jeevan had the opportunity to work with doctors and researchers at Northwestern prior to medical school, and he was impressed with the caliber of staff. He is excited to join Northwestern McGaw Family Medicine Residency at Lake Forest Hospital. The excellent clinical faculty, opportunities for serving several diverse communities, including the underserved, along with prospects in the field of global health drew him to this program. Jeevan also looks forward to moving to Chicago to be closer to his family with whom he loves spending his free time. When he is not pouring over medical books, he enjoys swimming, weightlifting and his wife’s cooking.
Tiffany Adams-Holmes, MD, MPH
Medical School: St. Louis University
Tiffany was born and raised on the Southside of Chicago and attended Washington University in St. Louis for her undergraduate education. During medical school at Saint Louis University, she was involved in many organizations, including being elected Co-President of the Student National Medical Association (SNMA) and the Christian Medical and Dental Association (CMDA), co-founded two community involved organizations, and worked closely with local clinics that provided care for underserved populations. Tiffany was very involved in volunteering and community service during most of her life and performed many years of research in her professional topics of interest, women’s health and mental health. As a result, she received both a Distinction in Community Service and a Distinction in Research from Saint Louis University School of Medicine. She chose Northwestern McGaw Family Medicine Residency at Lake Forest for the opportunity to learn by interacting with a diverse patient population, the strong academic and clinical settings, and the chance to explore some of her interests in public health, women's health, preventative medicine, and mental health. In her free time, Tiffany enjoys watching and participating in track and field activities, reading, traveling, watching movies and biking with her husband, cooking and shopping with her mom, and having large holiday dinners, game nights, and cheering parties for Chicago sports teams with family members and friends.
Olusina Akande, MD, MBA
Medical School: Indiana University
Olusina was born and raised in Indiana. Having grown up in Evansville, he completed his undergraduate and medical education in Indianapolis at Butler University and Indiana University School of Medicine respectively. Olusina has traveled to many different countries and thrives off of experiencing new cultures, situations, and people. Because of this, he volunteered as a member of a medical student run program called Vietnam: A Partnership for Life. He spent time in Vietnam providing primary care to underserved populations while working to expand the overseas program to include cataract surgeries. Olusina has always been very ambitious and consistently seeks to provide care on a deeper level. After his medical training, his passion and interest in nutrition and exercise lead him to explore entrepreneurial endeavors as another means to help others. While in the residency program, Olusina looks forward to helping underserved populations and learning more about overseas opportunities through the global health track. When he’s not busy, Olusina enjoys spending time with his girlfriend and their son, hitting the town with friends, as well as exploring the local music scene. Olusina has played the cello for as long as he can remember, and, since moving to Indianapolis back in 2010, has played in different bands and acoustic sets.
Mawusi Arnett, MD, MPH
Medical School: Perelman School of Medicine
Mawusi was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois as the eldest of three children. Her long-standing interest in social justice drove her to major in sociology at Princeton University, earn a master’s degree in public health at Johns Hopkins University and complete her M.D. at the University of Pennsylvania. While at PennMed, Mawusi worked to address social determinants of health outside the classroom. She sought to understand racial factors in healthcare utilization by conducting published research; she became interested in diet, coordinating a grant-funded community-based nutrition program for West Philadelphians. Before graduating, she co-founded a digital health startup which empowers people to manage their chronic conditions through meaningful dietary change.
Mawusi spent two rewarding years post-graduation working on her startup and is thrilled to resume her clinical training at McGaw Family Medicine Residency at Lake Forest. She looks forward to serving Lake County, Illinois, through this residency program’s clinical and community partnerships. Mawusi plans to merge her interests in health technology, public health and clinical medicine to promote wellness in underserved communities. In her free time, she enjoys running, swimming, baking desserts and trying her hand at any DIY project involving yarn.
Andreea Costea, MD
Medical School: Drexel University School of Medicine
Andreea is a California girl with a Midwestern heart. Though Medical School pulled her to Philadelphia, she fell in love with Chicago and knew this was the place she could make her home. Having been a part of student-run clinics as an undergraduate at UC Davis and throughout Medical School at Drexel University, it was important to be able to continue working with underserved populations. She was the first medical student to complete a sub-I month with our program, and having spent time at each of the three sites really cemented her decision to call Northwestern McGaw Family Medicine Residency at Lake Foresther home for the next three years. Andreea’s interests include Preventive Medicine, Women’s Health and Geriatrics and felt that at Northwestern, no opportunity would be missed. Andreea is a huge animal lover and spends a lot of her free time with her fiancé and their two cats. She also loves being outside and enjoys all the beautiful views on the Chicago lake front.
Hillary Lane, MD
Medical School: Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
Hillary came to Northwestern’s Feinberg School of Medicine after studying physics at Smith College and the University of Virginia. Throughout medical school, she was a dedicated member of the Medical Home program at a Federally Qualified Health Center in Chicago’s Austin neighborhood, and values her clinical experiences working with patients with limited access to quality healthcare. Other professional interests include global health policy and integrative medicine. She is delighted to be joining the Northwestern McGaw Family Medicine Residency at Lake Forest, where she can incorporate these interests into her clinical training. A native of the Pacific Northwest, Hillary loves hiking, camping, and fly fishing for wild trout.
Denny Lau, DO
Medical School: Midwestern University
Denny was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois. He grew up working as a translator for his grandfather, an herbalist, who had come from a long line of practitioners of traditional Chinese medicine. Denny’s early exposure to a clinical environment helped him develop an interest in integrative medicine and also allowed him to interact with patients from culturally diverse backgrounds. His interest in science and medicine pushed him to obtain a master of Biomedical Sciences degree where his research on the antimicrobial activity of medicinal plants has earned him the Kenneth A. Suarez Award. During medical school, Denny was actively involved in various nonprofit organizations serving the local community in Chicago. He was a past board member of the Chinese Community Center (CCBA) and he currently serves on the board of the Chinese Mutual Aid Association (CMAA). He chose Northwestern McGaw Family Medicine Residency at Lake Forest because he is inspired by the program’s dedication to underserved populations, research and integrative medicine. Denny is fluent in Cantonese and is currently brushing up on his Spanish. In his free time, Denny enjoys playing table tennis, spending time with family and friends and helping out at his parents’ restaurant.
Claire Wong, DO
Medical School: Midwestern University
Claire was born in Hong Kong and raised in Clayton, Missouri. Through consistently volunteering alongside family members and mentors in soup kitchens, homeless shelters, health fairs and medical clinics in the Greater St. Louis area, she discovered the importance of the primary intervention, especially in medicine. She has been a proud Chicagoan since she moved for her undergraduate studies at Illinois Institute of Technology, but will always cheer for the St. Louis Cardinals. In college, she worked as a peer tutor for her university resource center. It was here that she cultivated a passion for adult education and learned the importance of partnering when serving. In medical school, she served as the class council secretary and treasurer for four years and was inducted into both the Sigma Sigma Phi Honors Fraternity and the Gold Humanism Honors Society. Claire chose to join the Northwestern McGaw Family Medicine Residency at Lake Forest for their unwavering commitment to clinical training, dedication to the community, and diverse patient population. Her life goals are to strive for personal excellence and to be identified by the quality of her character. In her spare time, she enjoys doing crafts, staying active, trying new restaurants, and traveling with her husband, Chris.
Northwestern McGaw Family Medicine Residency Program of Lake Forest is located in the northern suburbs of Chicago. Residents devote a significant part of their training to caring for the medically underserved patients in Lake County, Illinois.
Because of the significant educational resources at Northwestern McGaw and the relationship with Northwestern Medicine, residents experience the benefits of world-class post- graduate medical education while training in a community environment. Residents also have the opportunity to take advantage of a global health pathway, integrative medicine curriculum and a Big Ten sports medicine experience.
At the heart of family medicine is the appreciation of the patient in the context of their family and community. Residents train at Northwestern Medicine Lake Forest Hospital, Northwestern Medical Group in Grayslake, IL and Erie HealthReach in Waukegan, IL. Based in an academic affiliated-community hospital and two family medicine centers, one in a traditional outpatient clinic and the other in a Federally Qualified Health Center, our residents take advantage of the many learning experiences reflected in several diverse communities all within close proximity to each other.
Northwestern McGaw Family Medicine Residency Program of Lake Forest is based in Lake County, IL. Lake County is made up of richly diverse communities located North of Chicago on beautiful Lake Michigan. Miles of scenic trails weave throughout 30,000 acres of natural forest preserves for recreational activities. Affordable, spacious living options as well as nationally ranked public schools for families are nearby. With convenient train and highway access to downtown Chicago, Lake County is a great place to live for those that are looking for urban style and activities, along with Midwestern, small town charm.
Northwestern Family Medicine Residency at Lake Forest is committed to providing the best learning experience in order to prepare you to provide comprehensive primary care to a diverse patient population.
Residents of McGaw Northwestern Family Medicine Residency at Lake Forest will learn directly from attendings in both inpatient and outpatient settings. The majority of the learning will take place in the Family Medicine Practice; Northwestern Grayslake Outpatient Center (a traditional outpatient clinic) and Erie HealthReach Waukegan (a Federally Qualified Health Center).
Residents will work alongside their team members during 12-week sessions. During each session throughout residency at least 50% of a resident’s time will be spent in the Family Medicine Practice.
The sessions include: Acute Care, Chronic Care, Preventative and Individualized.
- Acute Care Session: Adult inpatient medicine, pediatric inpatient medicine, emergency medicine and surgery.
- Chronic Care Session: Team-based chronic disease management, geriatrics, CHF, endocrinology, asthma, and neurology clinics, behavioral health team-based care management.
- Preventive Session: Well child care, gynecology, population management of health maintenance services, sports medicine, orthopedics and community medicine.
- Individualized Session: Surgery and obstetrics in PGY-1 year, with opportunity to enhance obstetrical training in PGY-2 and PGY-3, elective time and scholarly activity.
Find out more about stipends and benefits
Stipends for family medicine residents are determined by the McGaw Office of Graduate Medical Education and are as follows:
The stipend levels for the 2016-2017 training year are as follows:
- PGY 1. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $55,687
- PGY 2. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $58,037
- PGY 3. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $60,826
For further information regarding resident benefits, please visit McGaw Medical Center website below:
Find out how to apply, learn more about our interview process, and find out how to contact us.
Eight first-year resident positions are offered each academic year. We accept applications through ERAS beginning September of each year. When searching for our program, enter our ACGME code 1201600702. Our program does not offer opportunities for observership rotations at this time.
A complete application includes the following:
- ERAS Application
- Three (3) letters of recommendation
- Personal Statement
- USMLE or COMLEX Transcript
- Medical School Transcript
- Medical School Performance Evaluation (Dean's letter)
- ECFMG Certificate (if applicable)
*Please note: we require USMLE Step 1/COMLEX 1 scores to apply and USMLE Step 2/COMLEX 2 scores in order to begin residency training.
Interviews are conducted October through January. Interview offers generally begin in October after the interview selection committee has had the opportunity to review applications and MSPEs. We will not make interview offers prior to the MSPE release.
The screening process does not consider gender, sexual orientation, age, race, religion, ethnic origin, economic status, veteran status or place of residence.
Information for International Medical Graduates
Does your program require previous U.S. clinical experience?
- No previous U.S. clinical experience is required to apply to our program.
What are the visa options for the program?
- The McGaw Northwestern Family Medicine Residency does not sponsor any visas for its residents.
Find out more about our partners.
Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital is a wholly owned entity of Northwestern Memorial HealthCare. This 201-bed community hospital provides a comprehensive array of inpatient and outpatient medical and surgical services. Specialties include cardiovascular, cancer, diagnostic imaging, emergency, general and orthopaedic surgery, maternity, breast care, pediatric and rehabilitative services. The hospital has 700 board-certified physicians specializing in 90 specialties on its medical staff.
Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital has been named the Consumer Choice Hospital for Lake and Kenosha counties according to a survey by National Research Corporation for nine years in a row for having the best doctors, best image and reputation, best overall quality and being the most preferred for all health needs.
In addition to the full-service hospital in Lake Forest, healthcare services are available at seven other locations across Lake and northern Cook counties--Grayslake, Glenview, Gurnee Brookside, Gurnee Tower Court, Libertyville, Lindenhurst and Vernon Hills.
Its affiliate partner, Northwestern Memorial climbed six places to 6th in the nation on the publisher’s most exclusive ranking: the Best Hospitals 2013-14 Honor Roll. Northwestern Memorial continued its second year as the only hospital in Illinois to make this prestigious ranking, and continues to be No. 1 in Illinois and the Chicago metro area, rankings they’ve held since U.S. News introduced its state and local rankings two years ago.
Erie HealthReach Waukegan Health Center, a federally qualified health center, is part of Erie Family Health and will be Erie’s 13th health care center and the second outside of Chicago. Providing primary medical, dental, and behavioral health care, the new center, like Erie’s other locations, will be a portal to care and a higher quality of life for community residents, regardless of their ability to pay in Lake County, IL. Erie Family Health Center delivers culturally sensitive healthcare to medical patients and dental patients. Their community-based health centers are portals to high-quality care – and a higher quality of life – for all.
Northwestern Medical Group in Grayslake, IL One of Chicago’s largest medical practices, with more than 1,000 physicians and other healthcare professionals in more than 40 medical specialties and subspecialties. Northwestern Medical Group practices bring the exceptional primary care of Northwestern Medicine directly to our Lake County communities.
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Northwestern McGaw Family Medicine Residency at Lake Forest
1475 E. Belvidere Road, Suite 385
Grayslake, IL 60030-2012
Residency Coordinator: Sybil Chadwick
Program Director of the Northwestern McGaw Family Medicine Residency at Lake Forest
Connect with us via the information below.
Northwestern McGaw Family Medicine Residency at Lake Forest
1475 E. Belvidere Road, Suite 385
Grayslake, IL 60030-2012
Northwestern University is an educational and research institution. Resident programs are administered by McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University (McGaw). Individuals within these programs are trainees of McGaw, not Northwestern University or the Feinberg School of Medicine.