Why Choose Cleveland Clinic for Your Residency?

Welcome! We are so glad you’ve stopped by to learn about Cleveland Clinic's Family Medicine Residency Program at Lakewood Family Health Center.

Our program is designed to train physicians who are highly competent, empathetic, and able to treat diverse patient populations. We have a long-standing commitment to improving health outcomes and we are attentive to those with health inequities in our community. We focus on helping our residents to develop the skills and resiliency to have fulfilling personal and professional lives as physician leaders as well as to provide excellence in patient-centered care while being an active part of their community.

Are you a medical student or a recent graduate who has decided to enter family medicine and ask yourself if you should choose a community or university/academic residency training program? We believe that the Cleveland Clinic Family Medicine Residency Program provides the opportunity to reap the best of what both worlds have to offer. Our residents train at the Lakewood Family Health Center in the Center for Family Medicine for their outpatient experience, and inpatient experiences are at Fairview Hospital.

As a full-service community hospital, Fairview offers family medicine residents the opportunity to learn directly from experienced attending physicians and sub-specialists in a friendly, personalized environment. Residents provide continuing care for patients similar to those that they can expect to manage in their future careers as family physicians. At the same time, the educational resources of Cleveland Clinic provide residents with the opportunity to learn cutting-edge medicine at one of the nations’ best-known and respected academic hospital systems.

Cleveland Clinic Family Medicine Residency challenges our residents to become outstanding, well-rounded family physicians dedicated to the service of their patients, committed to the profession and to ending long-standing systemic racism that has resulted in health disparities. We look forward to sharing our enthusiasm for our residency and our unique educational and clinical partnership with Cleveland Clinic.

If you have any questions we hope you’ll reach out to us,

Sandra Snyder, DO
Sandra Snyder, DO
Program Director
Family Medicine Residency Program

Fred Jorgensen, MD
Fred Jorgensen, MD
Medical Director
Family Medicine Residency Program


Diversity & Inclusion

Discover the role diversity and inclusion plays at Cleveland Clinic and at its Graduate Medical Education program, as well as our diversity and inclusion efforts.

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Mission, Vision & Values

Mission, Vision & Values

Family Medicine Residency Program's Mission

The mission of the Family Medicine Residency Program is to prepare future family physicians for lives of service to their patients, community and profession.

Family Medicine Residency Program believes in:

  • Holistic relationship-centered care
  • Collaboration and teamwork
  • Balance and quality of life
  • Life-long learning
  • Excellence in care and service

Cleveland Clinic Mission, Vision and Values

Mission: To provide better care of the sick, investigation into their problems, and further education of those who serve.

Vision: Striving to be the world's leader in patient experience, clinical outcomes, research and education.


  • Quality.
  • Innovation.
  • Teamwork.
  • Service.
  • Integrity.
  • Compassion.
Valuing Diversity

Valuing Diversity

Our Family Medicine Residency has trained family doctors since 1976. From the start, a core value has always been practicing and teaching respect for ALL people.

Our program fosters a place where residents, students, support and clinical staff, faculty, interprofessional staff, patients, and our community are valued. The world is a better place as we embrace, accept, and actively support each person, including race, gender, religion, and disability, both visible and invisible.

If you are looking for a place where you are valued for who you are and what you bring as a part of a team, then you'll find this is a great place to call home. In family medicine and our residency, we value relationships and each person's unique life story. We seek out people who share our value of acceptance and believe that the diversity of individuals and their varied backgrounds and cultures is part of the richness of the story of our residency and who we are as a team.

Family Medicine Residency Receives National ACGME Award for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Achievements

In 2023, the Cleveland Clinic Family Medicine Residency Program received the prestigious National Barbara Ross-Lee, DO Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Award. This Award recognized our efforts to achieve diversity, equity, and inclusion in the graduate medical education (GME) community. We are the first family medicine residency recognized with this honor.

This Award celebrates initiatives in which diverse learners are developed, diverse faculties are constructed, and the GME community embraces differences and highlights them as achievable examples. The Award recognized our work to diversify the underrepresented physician workforce and create inclusive workplaces that foster humane, civil, and equitable environments.

The Award, which honors the most innovative and exemplary initiatives that drive diversity in GME, recognized us for:

  • Innovation and excellence to identify and guide pre-resident learners into the field of medicine and biomedical research
  • Projects that addressed increasing recruitment and retention of diverse, underrepresented residents and medical students.
  • Efforts to promote inclusivity in the clinical learning environment.

The Cleveland Clinic Center for Graduate Medical Education Statement on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

The Center for Graduate Medical Education (GME) and Cleveland Clinic are committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion in education and the communities we serve. We value all people regardless of the many dimensions of identity and how those identities may intersect.

We enthusiastically welcome trainees from diverse backgrounds and cultures because we believe that the opportunity to learn and succeed should be available to everyone. The richness of thought, discovery, and innovative thinking emerge from the work of diverse people and teams. Building a diverse, equitable, and inclusive environment for GME trainees is essential to achieving our patient care mission and the right thing to do.

We pledge to continue advancing our diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts. We support and encourage our faculty to view processes through the lens of diversity, equity, and inclusion and to recognize instances of unconscious bias. We intentionally create a safe space, so all our caregivers can bring their authentic selves to work in productive and positive ways. We encourage teams to openly engage in dialogue so that we can continue the important work of creating a culture where everyone feels valued and respected for who they are. We stand against structural racism and work to combat health disparities in our patients and the communities we serve.

If you want to train at Cleveland Clinic, we encourage you to ask questions about our approach to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Our Facilities

Our Facilities

Cleveland Clinic Lakewood Family Health Center

In 2018, the Family Medicine Residency Program relocated to the Lakewood Family Health Center in Lakewood, Ohio. This is the new home for the outpatient based clinic with state of the art exam rooms and equipment.

The Center for Family Medicine occupies the whole 2nd floor of the building. There are subspecialty physicians and a blood lab on the 3rd floor, with an ER and radiology on the first floor. Residents continue to rotate on inpatient rotations at Fairview Hospital.

Fairview Hospital

The history of Fairview Hospital's Family Medicine Residency Program began in 1976, in partnership with Cleveland Clinic since 2001. Our mission remains the same - to prepare future family physicians for lives of service to their patients, profession and communities.

Founded in 1892, Fairview Hospital is a community hospital with 495 licensed beds. Fairview is a fully accredited hospital by the Joint Commission, with a certified Level II Trauma Center. Cleveland Clinic Cancer Center at Fairview Hospital, located directly across the street from our main building, is accredited as a Comprehensive Cancer Center by the Commission on Cancer, with an accredited Breast Health Center.

Fairview Hospital's strong clinical Centers of Excellence include:

Fairview Hospital is the flagship of Cleveland Clinic health system on the West Side and is recognized in the region and in Ohio for its expertise and care.

Cleveland Clinic

Founded in 1921 by four Cleveland physicians who believed in integrating surgical care with research and education, Cleveland Clinic is one of the nation's largest medical centers and leading centers of graduate medical education. Each year, more than 950 physicians manage more than 1 million outpatient visits and 45,000 hospital admissions. Cleveland Clinic is recognized in the U.S. and throughout the world for its expertise and care.

Researchers work directly with clinicians to develop and transfer the latest discoveries to the patient as quickly as possible. This commitment to research has made possible countless medical breakthroughs and innovations, earning the Clinic a worldwide reputation for excellence. Research is actively pursued by more than 500 full-time research scientists and assistants, fellows and students.