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About the Program

Emerging from a collaborative partnership between Erie Family Health Centers and Northwestern Feinberg School of Medicine, the Northwestern McGaw Family Medicine Residency Program at Humboldt Park (ACGME Code 1201612701) is an 8-8-8 program that has been promoting quality education and patient care through clinical excellence, scholarship, and leadership since 2010. Located on the northwest side of the City of Chicago at Erie Family Health Centers in Humboldt Park, we continue to be rooted in our identity as one of the original Teaching Health Center residency programs, which further enriches our development of family physicians who are leaders in primary care and advocates for underserved communities. We accept eight residents each year. 


Our Mission

The Northwestern McGaw Family Medicine Residency at Humboldt Park is dedicated to the education of outstanding family medicine physicians who demonstrate clinical excellence and excel in leadership and scholarship, with an emphasis on care for the underserved. Motivated by the belief that healthcare is a human right, we train our residents to provide high quality, affordable care to support healthier people, families and communities. 

Our Program Aims

  • Achieve clinical excellence through evidence-based medicine, cultural humility and quality improvement across multiple clinical settings to equip family medicine residents with tools to meet the needs of diverse and underserved populations.  
  • Support all residents in their pursuit of scholarship activities, including presenting and publishing in many arenas with foci on medical education, wellness and resilience, and health equity.  
  • Train primary care physicians in many facets of leadership including, but not limited to community engagement, advocacy, health policy, and healthcare innovation.  
  • Recruit and retain residents and faculty dedicated to the achievement of these aims with a focus on representing the community we serve.

Leadership & Community Medicine

Residents learn from the patient populations at Erie Family Health Center Humboldt Park as well as Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, Swedish Hospital and Erie's extensive list of community-based programs. Our program has a unique leadership curriculum that will enable our residents to graduate with leadership and management skills that will allow them to affect public health policy, create change in community health and/or run community health centers in a successful and sustainable way in their future careers.

Maternal Child Health

Residents on the maternal child health rotations at our community hospital combine OB continuity with newborn and pediatric care under the direct supervision of our faculty members.  Our program will support residents in the ability to be competent in low-risk maternity care including vaginal deliveries through our MCH service.

Teaching Health Center

The program is one of the original 11 federally funded Teaching Health Centers in the United States and the only one in Illinois. The centers are funded through Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA) money from the Affordable Care Act and host trainees in hopes of producing clinically excellent and culturally competent primary care physicians who continue to work in underserved communities throughout their careers. Visit the HRSA site for more information on Teaching Health Centers. 


Our residency program emphasizes scholarly activity, teaching residents how to assess the needs of their community and investigate ways to provide higher-quality services that meet those needs. All residents graduate with published works or national/regional level presentations highlighting these efforts.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

We value the perspective and contribution of each of our individual learners and commit to providing a learning environment that supports diversity, equity, and inclusion.  We prioritize recruiting, training, and supporting residents with a diversity of personal identities and life experiences and creating an educational environment in which they can thrive.  We acknowledge that many historically oppressed and minoritized groups have been excluded from medical training and harmed by standards of medical professionalism that centered whiteness, maleness, ableness, and heteronormativity and we are committed to addressing these harms and implementing inclusive standards. We are committed to training learners in providing the highest level of personalized care for every patient, to addressing systemic and structural barriers to health in our community, and to earning the trust of our patients.

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