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Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
Department of Family & Community Medicine
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Application Process

Please note: In light of the recent hurricanes, we recognize many 2018-2019 residency candidates may be delayed with their ERAS applications. We will continue to accept and review applicants throughout our interview season and encourage you to apply as you are able.

Eight first-year resident positions are offered each academic year. We accept applications through Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) beginning in September of each year. When searching for our program, enter "McGaw Northwestern" as the institution. Please note that the program does not offer opportunities for observership rotations at this time. 


  • No more than one year out of medical school
  • Fluent in English
  • Basic to advanced level in Spanish or willing to learn is recommended

Interview Process

Each application received from ERAS is reviewed by the program director, an attending and a resident who have been selected for this process.

Applicants are screened with special attention paid to:

  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Medical school transcripts
  • USMLE 1 exam score
  • USMLE 2 exams CK and CS (must complete prior to NRMP ranking)
  • Dean's letter
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Personal statement

The residency coordinators notify each applicant selected for interviews via ERAS email. Dates for interviews and location information are provided. Candidates should notify the residency coordinator of their desired interview date either by ERAS email or phone.

Interviews are conducted on Thursdays. In addition to the interviews themselves, the day will consist of tours of our institutions, lunch and dinner the night prior to the interview at the home of one of our residents.

Shortly after the final interviews, the department attendings and residents will meet to review the candidates and determine the rank list order.

The screening process does not consider gender, sexual orientation, age, race, religion, ethnic origin, economic status, veteran status or place of residence.

Residency matching is processed through the National Resident Matching Program, 2450 N. Street, NW, Washington, D.C., 20037-1127; 202-828-0566 or toll-free at 866-617-5838; fax 202-828-4797.

Contact Us

For more information, please contact:

Laura Schroeder
Program Coordinator
Family Medicine Residency Program
Northwestern McGaw Center for Graduate Medical Education
2750 W. North Ave
Chicago, IL 60647
Phone: 312-432-4556Back to top