Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Department of Family and Community Medicine


The Department of Family and Community Medicine has an active research enterprise, with expertise in research methodology, medical education, and community health.  Our department is committed to robust community-academic partnerships, focusing on projects with immediate local impacts as well as generalizable scientific relevance.  We aim to build capacity within organizations to engage in research, evaluation, and quality improvement efforts. 

Study Spotlight

Making Choices: Factors that Impact Residency Selection

Residencyselection is a significant experience for emerging physicians, yet there is limited information about how applicants narrow their list of potential programs. This study examines factors that influence residency selection among medical students interested in family medicine. Our research questions were:

1.What factors impact family medicine specific residency program selection?

2.What sources do students use to gather information about family medicine residencies? 

Preliminary results show Location and Work/Life Balance were rated as the most important factors in selecting a residency.  Logistic regression analysis was used to refine our understanding of how each factor relates to specific types of residencies. Preliminary results are below.

logistic regression results

Regarding our secondary research question, findings suggest advisor/mentor recommendations and google/internet searches are the most popular mechanisms to obtain program information:

res sel sources of information

Learn More

Learn more about our department’s research efforts via the links below.

John L Gatta, PhD

John Gatta, PhD
Director for Research
Family and Community Medicine

Contact Us

For more information about our department’s research enterprise, please contact Katy Wright.

Katy Wright, PhD