Family Medicine

Our Program

Welcome to the Northwest Health Family Medicine Residency Program located in Valparaiso, Indiana! Our program is an ACGME-accredited (ACGME ID: 1201700001) residency program based in the beautiful city of Valparaiso, Indiana.

Our mission is to produce well rounded, knowledgeable, and compassionate family medicine physicians who will become leaders, mentors, and highly qualified physicians in their community. Throughout your residency, you will be working with many adept and mission-oriented faculty to guide you.

We are searching for residents to join our staff and faculty in the creation of an atmosphere that promotes wellness for our physicians, patient care team members, and our patients. Our program integrates the diverse backgrounds and life experiences of our staff and faculty to meet the needs of our patients and colleagues. We strive to serve our patients with professionalism and humility. We aspire to lead care delivery with service in mind, always accountable to others while being respectful of our teammates, patients, and community.


The desired educational impact is graduating physicians who provide coordinated, comprehensive, and accessible evidence-based care while consistently striving to improve the health care outcomes of their patients and their community.

Northwest Health consists of three hospitals, with Northwest Health – Porter acting as primary inpatient training location for our residency program. Northwest Health – Porter is a 301-bed acute care hospital located in Valparaiso, Indiana with 965 physicians on medical staff across our inpatient and ambulatory sites. Services include the breadth of Family Medicine as well as an inpatient rehabilitation unit, maternity services and L&D unit, newborn well and sick baby nurseries, neonatal intensive care unit, and a busy emergency medicine department.

Residents training at this participating site will be integrated into our team-oriented working environment with the full support of hospital administration, the medical staff, the program’s faculty and staff, and all other valuable members of the patient care team. HealthLinc – Valparaiso provides onsite behavioral health, dental, optometry, pharmacy, and podiatry services. With a core goal of improving our community’s healthcare outcomes, HealthLinc – Valparaiso provides outreach via regional partnerships, sponsoring and organizing community health and wellness events, and addresses the opioid crisis with a Mobile Integrated Response Team (MIRT).

Residents will be supervised while providing patient care by board-certified family medicine physicians, one of whom will act as their faculty advisor across the duration of their training.


Our program offers comprehensive training to provide a solid foundation for family medicine practice. We follow a traditional block schedule while allowing residents to personalize their experience through various electives. Elective options include any medical or surgical rotations offered at Northwest Health and may include ambulatory pain medicine, community medicine, hospital-based research, or an elective rotation designed by the resident in collaboration with the Program Director.

PGY1 – Intern Year

  • Inpatient Adult Medicine – 4 blocks
  • OB Floors – 1 block
  • Emergency Department – 1 block
  • Radiology / Population Health – 1 block
  • Outpatient Pediatrics / Newborn Nursery – 1 block
  • Medicine Subspecialty Core – 1 block
  • Outpatient Family Medicine – 2 blocks
  • General Surgery – 1 block
  • Inpatient Pediatrics – 1 block

PGY2 – Second Year

  • Inpatient Adult Medicine – 1 block
  • OB Floors – 1 block
  • Pediatric Emergency Medicine – 1 block
  • Medicine Subspecialty Core – 2 blocks
  • Outpatient Obstetrics & Gynecology – 1 block
  • Outpatient Pediatrics – 1 block
  • Dermatology – 1 block
  • Musculoskeletal Problems + Sports Medicine – 1 block
  • Geriatrics – 1 block
  • Electives – 1 block
  • Outpatient Family Medicine – 1 block
  • Surgery Subspecialty Core – 1 block

PGY3 – Senior Year

  • Inpatient Adult Medicine – 1 block
  • Health Systems Management – 1 block
  • Musculoskeletal Problems – 1 block
  • Emergency Department – 1 block
  • Outpatient Pediatrics – 1 block
  • Electives – 6 blocks
  • Surgery Subspecialty Core – 1 block
  • Medicine Subspecialty Core – 1 block
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