Residents’ Voices on the Highlights of our Residency and Cleveland

“Even as a medical student part of the TCC program I was struck by CFM's commitment to self-improvement and delivering a better patient-centered experience. I feel encouraged to take ownership over patient care while also feeling supported by our faculty and co-residents. CFM offers a variety of learning opportunities that allow you to build the practice you want to have from day one. As I move through rotations, I am frequently reminded what a unique experience this is, and how appreciative I am to be a part of this community. “
- Palmer Coleman, DO, PGY3, Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine

"The Cleveland Clinic Family Medicine Program is truly a one of a kind program to train in. From day one, you have the opportunity to begin your practice as a family medicine physician that manages their own panel of patients. You are able to be an independent provider from very early on, and feel confident doing so. The faculty are unmatched. They are always here to support and help you at all hours of the day, and foster an environment of continued learning. This program is extremely innovative and continues to move forward to keep up with the ever changing field of medicine. They are focused on making our patient population healthier by creating time in our schedule to provide care to our communities and be able to reach out to our entire patient panel, which is something that is very unique to this program. The Cleveland Clinic Family Medicine Program was one of the best decisions I have made. I am honored to be a part of this team and look forward to my next 3 years!"
- Olga Grech, DO, PGY3, Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine

“I am so grateful for my residency experience at the Cleveland Clinic FM Program here in Lakewood, a little gem of a city in Ohio! Everyone knows that residency is a bonding experience, but I never imagined that I would have found some of my closest friends and second family here. I was initially nervous to move here from California, but I quickly found that there's something here for everyone - beautiful and accessible Metroparks, an iconic beach, a world-renowned orchestra, a large theater district, and some of the best cuisine all within a short distance of each other. As for our residency program, I'm so thankful for the learning opportunities, supportive faculty, flexibility in creating electives, and the emphasis on balance and wellness outside of medicine as well!”
- Andrea Huynh, MD, PGY3, Case Western Reserve University

“Going through the residency application process, I was looking for a program that would push me to best develop my clinical skills and knowledge, focus on evidence-based medicine, view patients holistically, and a culture focused on teamwork and support. I am lucky to have found all of that and more at through the Cleveland Clinic Residency program! I am very excited to be involved in the Integrative Medicine Track that our program has implemented. In addition, the program is very open to individual educational experiences where I am on an obstetrics track to get more women's health and OB experience. The camaraderie between co-residents, faculty, and staff is evident and educators are always interested in teaching and helping us grow every day. I feel that I have found my home where I am encouraged, challenged, and supported to becoming the best family medicine physician I can be!“
- Devon Smith, MD, PGY3, Northeast Ohio Medical University

“Beginning with the first day of interviewing, it was clear that the Cleveland Clinic Family Medicine Program embodies what family medicine is all about: relationships. Everyone is so invested in not only providing the best care to patients, but also making sure that us as residents are growing to meet our full potential and become the best version of themselves. This initial perception has only been strengthened over the past 3 years as the TCC program allowed us to watch the former PGY-3 class start as interns and now ascend to become fully trained, attending physicians. I am so proud to be a part of the family medicine program at Cleveland Clinic and I cannot wait to continue my own journey”.
- Jacob Wolfe, DO, PGY3, Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine

"As a medical student in the Transformative Care Continuum Program, I was drawn to the welcoming environment and incredible faculty at CFM. This is a one-of-a-kind, innovative program that prepares you to be the best family physician you can be. Aside from the wide scope of medical training provided, we also have opportunities for community involvement, population health, and research. Additionally, we have the option for further education in our personal medical interest areas such as integrative medicine, women's health, ultrasound and osteopathic medicine. I am so proud to be a part of this residency family!"
- Emily Edwards, DO, PGY2, Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine

“The field of family medicine is unique and diverse and I knew I wanted to be at a program that would grant me exposure to not only my areas of passion, but all aspects that a career in Family Medicine has to offer. I am honored to be a resident in The Cleveland Clinic Family Medicine Residency Program where I not only feel supported and encouraged, but truly part of a family! The close knit, family-like environment, coupled with seemingly endless resources to succeed, made CCF the perfect place to grow into the physician I have always hoped to become!”
- Ashley Re, MD, PGY2, Cooper Medical School of Rowan University

The Cleveland Clinic Family Medicine program is an incredible program to train in. Even at the beginning of the TCC program, I felt welcomed and supported by the faculty, staff, and residents. Each person was invested in my learning and wanted to ensure that the educational experience was tailored to fit my needs and interests. You are given every opportunity to grow and learn new skills, and each person has given me the space to ask my own questions. The program is a unique place to learn because it's in a major hospital system, but in a small community; you have the resources of the Cleveland Clinic with the ability to provide world-class care to the surrounding community.  The program tries to ensure that each one of us has the skills to not just be a clinician within the confines of a clinic wall, but that we're also prepared to tackle the challenges that come with meeting the needs of our community outside of the hospital. I truly cannot imagine myself training at a different program.  
- Kevin Pan, DO, PGY2, Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine

“Being born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio, I dreamed of doing my residency in a program that served my community both in and out of the office. The heart of Family Medicine is integration into the surrounding area, and Cleveland Clinic does just that. The Cleveland Clinic Family Medicine residency program cares for its patients through outreach enrichment programs including Doctors on the Streets, Lakewood School Clinic, and Urgent Dispatch. These experiences allow me to address the social determinants of health and foster a better understanding of my patients’ experiences so that I can make more informed decisions as a clinician. Additionally, I always felt that Family Medicine perfectly embodied the Osteopathic values of healing the mind, body, and spirit, and I love being able to use my hands as a tool to encourage patient wellbeing. I was so excited to see that the program has Osteopathic accreditation and encourages the use of Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine both through our “Find It and Fix It” labs, and during patient visits. I always described myself as a person with a diverse array of interests, so I wanted to be at a program that exposed me to a wide variety of clinical experiences. If you have an interest in ultrasound, procedures, psychiatry, women’s health, gender-affirming care, integrative health, inpatient medicine, outpatient medicine, or anything in between, the program will provide you with opportunities to ignite your passions. More than anything, I feel supported by everyone from my co-residents to the attending physicians. If I have a challenging case, a question on how to navigate the electronic health record, or if I just need a listening ear, the program team treats me like family. I thank God every day for the blessing of being a resident physician in the Cleveland Clinic Family Medicine residency program.”
- Nicholas Abdallah, DO, PGY1, Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine

“My interest in CCF Lakewood increased exponentially when doing a rotation with the program prior to interview season. Everyone was so welcoming, interested in you as a person, and willing to help you learn as much as you can. After my interview, it solidified this program as my top interest as they demonstrated a mission to prepare you to not only be a successful physician but also to serve the communities as an advocate for better health of its community members with emphasis in the program to work closely with your patient panel. The program truly focuses on caring for the whole person and not just viewing patients as diseases and conditions. Also, Cleveland is a great area to explore with a lot to do whether you are interested in the arts, sporting events, various dining venues, or activities with family and loved ones.” 
- Brennan Cull, DO, PGY1, Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine

“I am so happy to be a part of the Center for Family Medicine team at Cleveland Clinic. Since the start of my medical journey as a medical student and now as I resident, I continue to feel immensely supported by all the faculty, staff, and fellow residents. The program has access to resources that are available when part of a large health system such as the Cleveland Clinic but has the support, feel, and familiarity of a community family medicine clinic. You have endless opportunities to fine-tune your interests and skills in medicine and community population health.  You can also seek additional training within the program in things such as point of care ultrasound, women’s health, procedures, and osteopathic medicine treatment—all the tools you need to become a well- rounded family medicine physician.” 
- Vanessa Guzman, DO, PGY1, Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine

“I’ve always wanted to be a family physician. That is why I joined the OU-HCOM’s transformative care continuum and committed to family medicine at Lakewood Family Health Center from the beginning of medical school. The experiences I’ve gained working with patients and on clinical quality improvement throughout school and now in residency are of great importance to me. Lakewood resident physicians are in a unique position to build bridges between the clinic and the greater community. The residency program here has allowed me to better recognize and address the root causes of disease and illness beyond the clinic walls through their strong support of quality improvement and community engagement in their curriculum. I’ve gathered invaluable experience in leveraging relationships with community partners to help my patients. The broad scope and strong support of the family medicine residency at Lakewood will allow me to continue to expand my skills and passions for treating the whole person including the community and environment that shapes their health.” 
- Matthew Wagner, DO, PGY1, Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine

Alumni Quotes

“From Day 1 at my new job, I felt well-equipped and comfortable handling everything that came my way.  I’m not sure that I would have felt that way if I went to another residency program.  Hats off and a deep sincere thanks to all the CFM faculty, back office staff, front office staff, and nursing staff for an extremely valuable 3 years!”
- 2013 Graduate, Dean Nair, MD, Practicing in Seattle, WA

“You are currently ramping up at a faster pace than all of our other start up Primary Care Practices, and are on pace for one of the fastest Primary Care start up practices in the past 3 years.  In month #2 you are where most of our practices are in month #6.”
- 2015 Graduate, Direct Quote from Medical VP to one of our graduates, Andrew Henson, DO, Practicing in Pensacola, Florida

Resident Wellness

Resident Wellness

Our residency is committed to model and teach physicians/residents skills of self-care, self-awareness and coping skills to enhance well-being, to minimize risk of burnout and to provide buffers against the stresses of practicing medicine. These programs are supported by all faculty with oversight by the behavioral science faculty.

Research shows these skills increase life satisfaction and improve patient care. Patterns of self-care developed and practiced during residency influence and shape how a physician functions post-residency. Well-being includes learning how to balance life and work, having time to engage with family and friends, as well as to attend to personal needs and to one’s own health, including adequate rest, healthy diet, and regular exercise.

We recognize that residency is a time of growth as well as intellectual, emotional and physical stress and our faculty and staff are here to help and support you on your residency journey. We support and encourage our residents through longitudinal and multi-dimensional program offerings, a few are highlighted in this section.

Our program focuses upon a longitudinal curriculum based on these four pillars of well-being:

  • Professional.
  • Physical.
  • Psychological.
  • Social.

Through support groups, activities that teach the importance of self-reflection and camaraderie in developing emotional and mental resources. Our goal is to help residents hone a set of life skills to help manage and balance the inherent stressors of physician training as well as the life of a physician after residency.

AGCME Statement on Well-Being

According to ACGME Common Program Requirements (2017):

“In the current health care environment, residents and faculty members are at increased risk for burnout and depression. Psychological, emotional, and physical well-being are critical in the development of the competent, caring, and resilient physician. Self-care is an important component of professionalism; it is also a skill that must be learned and nurtured in the context of other aspects of residency training. Programs…have the same responsibility to address well-being as they do to evaluate other aspects of resident competence.”

About Our Approach

Our residency has a longitudinal approach to well-being to help develop psychological, emotional, and physical well-being practices throughout their three years of training. Our goal is for residents to understand and develop the best practices to enhance “the self of the physician” through learning, experiences, sharing and education. Our intention is for all residents to also gain the following:

  • Tools and practices to help combat and manage physician burnout and fatigue management.
  • Ability to identify depression, anxiety, stress, and suicide risks and ways to prevent or seek treatment for physicians, both self and colleagues.
  • Self-reflection skills that expand personal insight and increase emotional intelligence.
  • Mindfulness skills to enable creation of a personal practice to help with physician resiliency.
  • The ability to form supportive relationships and the power of community.
  • The power of wisely sharing vulnerability instead of hiding it and learning to value it as one aspect of internal transformation.
  • Self-care wellness skills and the ability to create a personal wellness plan.

Residents will be learn about psychological, emotional, and physical well-being principles and practice throughout their three years of training via these experiences and more:

  • Support Groups: Our support groups meet monthly for your first year as PGY1 and then PGY2 and PGY3 residents will meet a few times annually, in order to:
    • Develop a community encouraging friendships and collegiality based upon open communication, mutual care and support.
    • Share resources and provide peer support to help residents through the stressors of their residency.
    • Provide integration and learning of strategies for self-care as preparation for a career in medicine.
    • Provide a safe environment to address stressors, communication problems, personal and relational concerns, to share celebrations & concerns, develop coping skills and discuss residency concerns.
  • Didactics
  • Community Team and Relationship Development Activities
  • Families Program
  • Wellness Day
  • Balint Group
  • KORU Mindfulness Curriculum
  • Myers-Briggs
  • Self of the Physician
  • Physical and Mental Health
Resident Life

Resident Life

Collegial Atmosphere

We believe in collaborative learning and mutual support. Our overall success is dependent on our ability to work as a team.

Home Call

Our 2nd and 3rd year residents take home call for the Family Medicine service. They come into the hospital for admissions. If there are admissions after midnight, the resident is considered “post-call” and will be off the following afternoon to adhere to the ACGME call guidelines.

Teaching Opportunities

As 2nd and 3rd year residents, you can be scheduled with a medical student. Residents have the opportunity to teach medical students in the clinic and on their Family Medicine Inpatient rotation. Fairview has 3rd year students come for clerkship rotations, and 4th years rotate if they are interested in Family Medicine. We have students who come from CCF Lerner College, Case Western Reserve University, Ohio State University, University of Toledo, Ohio University and LECOM. Students from any LCME OR AOA accredited schools are welcome. Residents also have the opportunity to work with 1st-3rd year medical students through the Transformative Care Continuum.

Salary and Benefits

Salary and Benefits

The table provided displays the annual salaries of Family Medicine residents at Lakewood Family Health Center, as well as all CCF residents. These numbers are contingent upon the resident's level of training throughout the residency program. In addition to an annual salary, residents are also rewarded excellent benefits. Read below to learn more about Family Medicine resident benefits.

Level of Training Annual Salary
PGY-1 $63,457
PGY-2 $65,596
PGY-3 $67,715

Continuing Medical Education

Residents receive a $350 stipend to purchase books and/or software during their first year. Residents receive an $800 stipend to attend a weekend educational conference during their second year. Residents also receive a $1600 stipend to attend a one-week conference (five working days) during their third year.

Additionally, the resident may use part or all the R-2 and R-3 education stipend for the purchase of medical textbooks, computer software, other educational materials, or journal subscriptions, up to the maximum amount per year.

Hand-Held Mobile Device

Residents will be provided an iPhone upon the start of their residency. Residents will be required to use this phone as their cell phone contact throughout their residency. The phone will be turned in at the completion of their residency. Residents may also use other devices as long as they are compatible with the applications used by the program.

Health Benefits

Residents receive health coverage through the hospital's flexible health benefits program.  This includes the opportunity for dental insurance.
A life insurance policy equal to the resident's salary and a disability policy are provided at no charge to the resident.
Medications may be obtained at invoice cost at the hospital pharmacy.


First year residents are not permitted to moonlight, but residents in their second and third year may moonlight when not on duty for regular residency responsibilities. Opportunities exist for moonlighting work at several locations in the immediate area. Residents must have a medical license and DEA number to moonlight.


Convenient, free covered parking is provided.

Professional Dues

Membership dues for the American Academy of Family Physicians, Ohio Academy of Family Physicians, Cleveland Academy of Family Physicians, AOA, and ACOFP are provided by the hospital.

Professional Liability Insurance Coverage

Residents are covered by the hospital's professional liability insurance while performing duties within the scope of their medical education.

Maternity/Parental Leave and FMLA

Maternity Leave

Eight (8) weeks paid leave is provided for Maternity Leave beginning with the birth of the child. Trainees must notify their Program Director of a need for Maternity Leave as soon as possible. Maternity Leave must be taken concurrent with available FMLA and Caregiver Leave. Maternity Leave must be taken continuously. See GME manual for complete policy. 

Parental Leave

Four (4) weeks paid Parental Leave is provided to Trainees for the birth and care of their newborn child or for placement with the Trainee of a child for adoption or foster care. Trainees must notify their Program Director of the need for Parental Leave as soon as possible. Parental Leave must be taken concurrently with available FMLA and Caregiver Leave. Parental Leave must be taken continuously. See GME manual for complete policy. 

Any time beyond the available vacation/sick/elective time must be made up in order to adhere to the ACGME rotation guidelines.


Pursuant to the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), Cleveland Clinic allows eligible Trainees time off from work (up to 12 work weeks in a rolling 12-month period) for qualifying employee and family members’ serious health conditions and family care events. Except in the case of leave to care for a covered service member with a serious illness or injury, an eligible Trainee's entitlement is limited to a total of 12 work weeks of leave during any leave year for all qualifying FMLA leaves. FMLA leave will run concurrently with other qualifying leaves (e.g. Workers' Compensation, Short-Term Disability Leave, Maternity Leave, Parental Leave, Caregiver Leave, etc.). FMLA is unpaid unless it is taken concurrent with available vacation or other applicable paid leave of absence. See GME manual for complete policy.

Vacation and PTO

All residents receive 3 weeks (15 working days) of paid vacation for each academic year. These vacations must be scheduled in advance. Each resident is given a vacation request form prior to each academic year. Residents are encouraged to take 1 week vacation at a time and spread throughout the year. The number of residents or faculty allowed to be away at one time is limited, so vacation times may need to be adjusted to meet practice and residency needs.

According to ACGME RRC requirements, allopathic residents cannot be away for more than 1 month per academic year without making the time up at the end of residency. Our program has converted this to a maximum of 22 working days a year away. After subtracting the 15 vacation days, that leaves 7 days for sick leave.



Our Family Medicine Residency graduates are more prepared than ever to make a difference!

In over 40 years as a Family Medicine Residency Program there have been 251 graduates. These former residents are now practicing in 29 states across the United States. 144 of our graduates have set up practices in the state of Ohio, 114 of which are in Northeast Ohio.

At the completion of their residency, our graduates are well prepared for any practice setting. They have been very successful in finding rewarding practice opportunities in urban, suburban and rural sites in Ohio and around the country. They have also found unique opportunities focusing on their specific interests.

Practice Settings:

  • Concierge.
  • Direct Primary Care.
  • Teaching Faculty at Residency Programs.
  • Outpatient Primary Care.
  • Inpatient/Hospitalist.
  • Emergency Medicine.


Our graduates are accepted into competitive fellowships in a variety of areas of concentration. A sampling of our recent graduating residents:

  • Sports Medicine.
  • Health Policy.
  • Community Health.
  • Geriatrics.
  • Women’s Health.
  • Adolescent Medicine.


Alexander Ford, DO Capital Care/Community Care Physicians Schenectady, NY
Kyle O’Brien, DO Essential Health Raleigh, NC
Ryan Tran, MD Northwest Ohio Orthopedics Tiffin, OH
Lilian White, MD Empowered Health, DPC Rocky River, OH
Lauren Wichman, MD Sports Medicine Fellowship, Cleveland Clinic Cleveland, OH
Emery Young, DO Rowan Diagnostic Clinic Salisbury, NC


Amy Horowitz, DO Hillcrest Medical Building, Cleveland Clinic Mayfield Heights, OH
Ling-Ling Lee, MD Avon Hospital, Cleveland Clinic Avon, OH
Kathee Liang, MD Medical Informatics Fellowship, MetroHealth Medical Center Cleveland, OH
Molly McDermott, DO Sports Medicine Fellowship, Cleveland Clinic Cleveland, OH
Jessica Tomazic, MD Sports Medical Fellowship, Summa Health Akron, OH
Brian Youseff, MD Medical Care at Home/Brook Park Family Medicine, Cleveland Clinic Brook Park, OH


Cara Cioffi, MD Lorain Family Health Center, Cleveland Clinic Lorain, OH
Stephanie Deuley, DO Neighborhood Family Practice Brooklyn, OH
DeAundre Dyer, DO WakeMed Physician Practices Raleigh, NC
Emily Maraschky, MD Fellowship, Hospice & Palliative Medicine
Practice, Hospice & Palliative Medicine
Albuquerque, NM
Anna McLaughlin, MD Strongsville Family Health Center, Cleveland Clinic Strongsville, OH
Justin Stumph, DO Fellowship, Primary Care Sports Medicine
Practice, Ohio Health Sports Medicine
Denver, CO
Columbus, OH


Julie Foucher-Urcuyo, MD Pursuing Health Primary Care Nashville, TN
Gabriel Mancini, DO Cleveland Clinic Brunswick Family Health Center Brunswick, OH
Meera Patel, DO The Everett Clinic Bellevue, WA
Elizabeth Rainbolt, MD Cleveland Clinic Strongsville Family Health &Surgery Center Strongsville, OH
Christina Vincer, MD Cleveland Clinic Strongsville Family Health &Surgery Center Strongsville, OH
Kelly Walthius, DO Baylor Scott & White Health Dallas, TX


Randi Amstadt, DO Cleveland Clinic Brunswick Family Health Center Brunswick, OH
Lindsey Braunegg, DO Cleveland Clinic Chagrin Falls Family Health Center Chagrin Falls, OH
James Henderson, MD United States Air Force Base Great Falls, MT
Christopher Oh, MD Via Verde Clinic – Montefiore Medical Center Bronx, NY
Dane Shafer Klink, DO Cleveland Clinic Brunswick Family Health Center Brunswick, OH
Joel Willis, DO Health Policy Fellowship, Sponsored by Robert Graham Center, ABFM Washington D.C.
Living in Cleveland

Living in Cleveland

About Cleveland

Cleveland, an ethnically diverse, mid-sized city located on Lake Erie, features a host of cultural attractions, recreational activities, major sporting events and an exploding culinary scene. Cleveland is home to the second largest theater district in the U.S., a park system featuring 23,700 acres in 18 reservations, and is the birthplace of rock ’n’ roll, home to the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame and Museum. Cleveland Clinic is located near the University Circle area, which is the cultural epicenter of Cleveland. This area features Severance Hall and the world-renowned Cleveland Orchestra, the Cleveland Museum of Art, several other museums, and Case Western Reserve University. Downtown Cleveland, home to all major sports venues and an exploding culinary scene, is approximately two miles from Cleveland Clinic’s main campus.

About Lakewood

Lakewood, Ohio is located on the southern side of Lake Erie. As the 3rd largest city in Cuyahoga County, Lakewood is home to around 52,131 residents and consists of 6.69 square miles.

Other highlights of Lakewood include:

  • An award-winning economy.
  • Diverse population.
  • Lakefront location.
  • Updated schools.
  • Nearby golf courses.
  • Varied housing options.
  • Short commutes.
  • Stunning outdoor attractions.

Compared with other Ohio cities, Lakewood’s population is largely diverse and educated.

Population Demographics

  • 51.1% are female.
  • 48.9% of residents are male.


  • 82.1% are White.
  • 6.7% are Black.
  • 5.1% are Hispanic.
  • 4.3% are biracial.
  • 1.6% are Asian.
  • .1% are Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islanders.

Education Demographics

  • 93.9% of residents 25 years and over have at least a high school degree.
  • 43.7% hold a bachelor’s degree or above.

Only 4.9% of residents are unemployed, and the majority of residents prefer to rent rather than own their property.

Health Insurance Demographics

  • 91.7% of the population of Lakewood, OH has health coverage.
  • 56.7% are on employee plans.
  • 16.8% are on Medicaid.
  • 8.99% are on Medicare.
  • 8.4% are on non-group plans.
  • 0.859% are on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in the place of Lakewood, OH was $8,712 in 2014.