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Welcome from the Program Director

Welcome to the website for the Family Medicine Residency at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital (ALGH) in Park Ridge, Illinois. Go ahead and explore our program, both on this site and in person, so you can better understand the opportunities our residency provides.

The most important thing we want to share is that we have a great team serving and learning together in a great hospital and health system.  Our program remains one of the oldest and most highly regarded family medicine residencies in the Chicago area, attracting a diverse group of energetic residents and faculty to our 9-9-9 program.  Our residents work in a real-life setting that balances education and service. As they graduate, they launch into careers in solo or group practice, immediate care, academic medicine.

Our faculty is just as diverse and energetic, with 13 board certified family physicians and a clinical psychologist who teach and practice alongside our residents. We have special expertise in Adult Down Syndrome, Geriatrics, Obstetrics, Sports Medicine, Women’s Health, and International Medicine.  And we are eager to share that expertise and grow in new areas.  A fellowship in Sports Medicine is available.
We are particularly focused on achieving excellence as a Patient Centered Medical Home in our outpatient office, as well as exhibiting excellence as an Educational Home for our residents, faculty, and our staff.

Welcome to our home—and our home page.  I look forward to meeting you!

Greg Kirschner, MD, MPH
Family Medicine Residency Program Director
Advocate Lutheran General Hospital

Welcome from the Department Chair

Welcome to Advocate Lutheran General Hospital and the Family Medicine Residency Program! 

Advocate Lutheran General Hospital has a strong history of quality patient care, medical education and service to the community. We have received numerous awards which I attribute to our commitment to our values: Equality, Compassion, Excellence, Partnership, and Stewardship.  As part of the Advocate Healthcare System, we are nationally known for our efforts and successes as an Integrated Healthcare System and for our advanced implementation of Health Information Technology.

The Department of Family Medicine at ALGH consists of more than 100 physicians. Over 40% of the department members are alumni of the residency.  We are invested in knowing and caring for the needs of our patients and our communities.  Our physicians are in many practice arrangements from solo physicians to members of large multispecialty groups. Family Physicians are actively integrated into hospital leadership

The world and the practice of medicine are changing rapidly and dramatically.  What does not change is our focus is on outcomes in quality and safety, service and satisfaction, education, and collaboration. 

In short, ALGH is a unique practice and learning environment.  We look forward to partnering with you as you pursue your goal to become an outstanding Family Physician!

Judith Gravdal, MD
Chair, Department of Family Medicine
Advocate Lutheran General Hospital

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