Welcome to the Family Medicine Residency program at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Rockford, Dixon and Monroe. Our residency began in 1972, founded by one of the early pioneers of our discipline, Dr. L.P. Johnson, and has continued to keep pace with the ever-changing field of medicine. We are inviting you to learn more about the residency curriculum, faculty and residents.

Our university-sponsored residency is unparalleled. As the only post-graduate training program at U of I College of Medicine at Rockford, you will have available all of the patient care resources of one of Illinois’ largest cities, as well as the surrounding rural communities. All of the core rotations of our main program are done at the award-winning SwedishAmerican Hospital. We enjoy the full support of the hospital administration and medical staff, led by the CEO, who is a graduate of our program.

The L.P. Johnson Family Health Center is located near Rockford’s growing downtown area. Only a short walk away, residents have a delicious spread of restaurants and a diverse cluster of shops at their fingertips. Bustling farmers markets, art shows, concerts of every genre, sporting events and children’s activities entertain and engage Rockford residents from all walks of life, making this community a wonderful place for singles and families alike.

For the family physicians-in-training who are deeply committed to a career in a rural setting, we developed the Dixon and Monroe Rural Training Tracks. Dixon is a town of about 16,000 people with a rural catchment area of about 40,000. Located 40 miles southwest of Rockford, Dixon is home to the community-based KSB Hospital, where second- and third- year core rotations of the rural track are completed. Those enrolled in the Dixon rural training track enjoy the rich blend of high quality training and peaceful small town life. This cozy town is peppered with parks and historical sites, and continues to grow in industry and agriculture.

Just north of Rockford, located across the Wisconsin border, the town of Monroe is home to L.P. Johnson’s second rural training track program. This community boasts a host of festivals and gatherings, events and businesses, offering the best of rural living. Monroe’s not-for-profit single hospital health system is committed to serving this bustling town with its innovative facilities, its state-of-the-art technology, and its top-notch team.

All residents benefit from the ambulatory experiences in the L.P. Johnson Family Health Center in Rockford and the Town Square Centre in Dixon and Monroe Clinic, learning the necessary skills to manage chronic illness and provide preventative health services for patients. We offer and emphasize a wide variety of procedural training – including colposcopy, exercise stress testing and minor surgeries. Rockford, Dixon, and Monroe, are wonderful, family-oriented communities. We can personally vouch for the warm Midwestern hospitality shown to our families. The communities support large parks and recreational systems with beautiful biking and walking paths. Theatre, museums and a symphony orchestra thrive throughout Rockford, Dixon, and Monroe. With the close proximity to Chicago, Madison and Milwaukee, other cultural and recreational activities are also readily available when you are free from residency activities.

The decision you will make in the next few months will have a significant impact upon your professional career. As a faculty, we are committed to the ideals of our discipline, family medicine. We are proud of the educational experience we provide.

Joseph Ross, MD
Director, Family Medicine Residency Program
University of Illinois College of Medicine Rockford

Greg Reckemp, MD
Director, Dixon Rural Training Track
University of Illinois College of Medicine Rockford

CJ Smith, MD
Director, Monroe Rural Training Track
University of Illinois College of Medicine Rockford