Lake Forest Residency

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The Northwestern McGaw Family Medicine Residency at Lake Forest 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.

About the Program

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 lifelong continuing education and scholarly activities for residents, faculty and colleagues within and outside of our organization.

Deborah Smith Clements, MD
Program Director, Family Medicine Residency at Lake Forest 


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Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion

The Northwestern Lake Forest program remains dedicated to advancing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI). The historical and current barriers faced by so many, including those within the healthcare and education systems, can no longer be perpetuated. DEI is a cornerstone of our program and firmly embedded into all clinical and educational experiences. Our residents are institutional leaders in this area, and our program is looked upon to continue making meaningful advances regarding DEI. Learn More


Residents work alongside their team members during 12-week sessions over the program’s three years. See a breakdown of the sessions and learn more about our curriculum as a whole.
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Salary & Benefits

Get information about our resident’s yearly stipends and a full overview of benefits for housestaff at McGaw Medical Center.

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Application Process

Find out how to apply, learn about our interview process and get in touch with our residency coordinator for more information.

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Get to Know Us

Learning Sites

Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital

This 201-bed community hospital provides a comprehensive array of inpatient and outpatient medical and surgical services.

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Erie HealthReach Waukegan Health Center

The center delivers culturally sensitive healthcare to medical patients and dental patients, regardless of their ability to pay. 

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Northwestern Medical Group in Grayslake

This practice brings the exceptional primary care of Northwestern Medicine directly to our Lake County communities.

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Our Community

Learn more about our clinics and partnerships.

Housestaff Training at McGaw

McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University offers exceptional training experiences at nationally ranked hospitals and fosters a culture of diversity, innovation and excellence.


Why Northwestern?

Learn more about the benefits of training at a world-class academic medical center in a diverse and vibrant city of Chicago. Further program details, including the Department of Medicine housestaff manual and a sample training contract, are available on our McGaw Medical Center Graduate Education site.


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