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Family Medicine Residency

The Carle Foundation Hospital Family Medicine Residency Program is a community based program in a 453-bed tertiary care hospital featuring:

  • Level I Trauma Center
  • Level III Perinatal services
  • Comprehensive Stroke Center
  • Carle Cancer Institute
  • Carle Heart and Vascular Institute

We're equipped with tremendous resources and research opportunities. Our program is technologically advanced with a fully integrated inpatient/outpatient electronic medical record (Epic), a simulation center and digital resources at your fingertips.

Letter from the Program Director

From our entire team I would like to say hello and welcome! I am Dr. Tabatha Wells, program director for the Carle Family Medicine Residency Program.  We are a community-based, medium-size program with six residents per class, for a total of 18 residents, which allows us to have a unique supportive and familial feel in our program. I always say we put the “family” in family medicine. Thank you for considering our program!

If you want to be a true family physician—the type of physician that wants to care for the patient and their whole family and get to know your patient, not just treat a diagnosisthen Carle Family Medicine Residency is the place for you. We focus our education in adult learning theory and have a unique track system that allows each resident to focus the last half of residency on developing the skills they will need to lay the foundation for the type of practice they will pursue upon graduation.

Our residents can pick from three tracks—outpatient family medicine, inpatient medicine or women’s health (either gynecology or obstetrics). Even with the track system there is still time for elective rotations to gain other experience. Residents can create their own elective experiences to obtain one-of-a-kind learning experiences. Almost everything we do in family medicine is hands-on learning experience. We try to spend as much time as possible in the simulation center practicing procedures, codes, and obstetric emergencies so that they are second nature in real clinical situations. 

Our faculty is very diverse and comes from varied backgrounds. We have allopathic and osteopathic family physicians, a pediatrician and certified nurse midwives that work with us full time. We also have about a dozen community preceptors that work in our clinic on a part time basis during resident continuity clinic. We also have on site pharmacists, social workers, nutritionists, and diabetic educators that help teach our residents and patients. This diversity brings an abundance of different strengths that helps our program provide a remarkable learning experience to our residents. 

Our residents gain experience in our main continuity clinic, South Clinic Family Medicine, where they treat patients from young to old and from simple to complex in their medical issues. They also see patients at our second continuity site, Promise Healthcare’s Frances Nelson Clinic where they see prenatal patients for continuity deliveries throughout their entire residency. Our residents gain experience in a variety of environments which include our Inpatient Family Medicine Service, a variety of practitioners' outpatient offices in different specialties, emergency services unit, surgery services, as well as pediatrics and obstetrics. 

We hold our didactic session on a weekly basis, every Tuesday afternoon, and cover a full spectrum of medical topics. Guest speakers also provide a diverse amount of information and views on medical treatments and practice. We challenge our residents in these sessions and encourage dialogue and discussion. I have chosen to make our behavioral health, vulnerable populations, and practice management curriculums longitudinal so these topics are included in our didactic presentations. We also have a wellness curriculum, designed to encourage and support our residents as they deal with the stresses and challenges of their training program. We provide one half day per quarter of wellness time, in addition to normal PTO, for our residents to be able to attend medical appointments, have regular wellness events as a team, and have two annual retreats for team building and program improvement.  

I hope you will see my vision for our program reflected in the information presented here. Training knowledgeable, trustworthy and compassionate family physicians that practice inclusive, patient-centered medicine is my goal and passion.  

Tabatha Wells, MD, FAAFP
(she/her/hers)
Program Director


Letter from the Chief Residents

On behalf of our entire faculty and residents, we want to thank you for your interest in our program! I would like to welcome you to the Family Medicine Program at Carle Foundation Hospital. Our residency program combines the best aspects of both a robust, academic, tertiary care center and a community-focused clinical environment. We partake in a collaborative education in which our residents receive strong training in all aspects of medicine ranging from newborn nursery to hospital medicine to ICU care. Our curriculum is composed of both core rotations, weekly didactics, as well as an abundant range of elective learning opportunities. 

Our residency is rooted in the unique campus town of Champaign-Urbana. The relationships that form as a result of this community are special and hold true beyond the years spent together in residency. Several graduates from our program find this area to be a great place to settle down and continue their careers and build their families. Our hospital campus is located in Urbana, IL in the south clinic where we serve a uniquely diverse population with a wide variety of pathology and health conditions. We also have the opportunity to practice in other Carle locations throughout the community as well. 

The greatest strength of our residency program is found in our tightly knit group of residents and faculty. There is a true “family” atmosphere among our residents and faculty which allows residents to feel that they are truly supported in their journey to becoming well-prepared family physicians able to meet any challenge. We often get together for fun activities outside of the hospital that include grabbing a bite at local restaurants that offer various ethnic cuisines or enjoying the weather at one of many parks around Champaign-Urbana. Chicago, St. Louis and Indianapolis are just a quick drive/train ride away to a fun weekend or even day trip. 

In our residency, the goal is to promote an outstanding and innovative learning experience to best prepare graduating residents with the tools needed to become excellent family medicine physicians. This is best time to explore more about yourself and discover what path of medicine suits you best. Residents are encouraged to pursue their interests within the specialty of family medicine and to discover their talents within the field. At Carle Foundation Hospital, our goal is to share our family medicine experience, and help you make the best choice for your future. Welcome to the Family!

Manada Khaing, MD
Bryan Lee, DO
Chief Residents, 2022-2023


“There is a true “family” atmosphere among our residents and faculty which allows residents to feel that they are truly supported in their journey.”

Nejmun Hussain, MD

Chief Resident, Class of 2022

“Rarely do you find yourself working in a place that is 1) composed of clinicians that are as diverse as the population it serves, 2) truly value the importance of Trauma Informed Care and Cultural Competency, and 3) understand and support the need for balance in one's life and career, quite like they do here within the Carle Family Medicine Residency Program. Here you are valued for who you are and nurtured to reach your full potential.”

Christopher Veal, MD

PGY-2, Certified Trauma Informed Care Physician

Program Description


Program Highlights

Carle Family Medicine Residency in Urbana, Illinois is an ACGME-accredited residency program at a community-based hospital with 453 beds. It is a tertiary referral center for the region with a Level I Trauma Center, Level III perinatal services, Comprehensive Stroke Center, Level 3 Epilepsy Center, cancer institute, and heart and vascular institute. Strengths in emergency medicine/trauma, obstetrics, pediatrics, critical care, surgery and many more help make our residency an excellent training opportunity as well as provide an excellent referral base for our patients. Carle Foundation Hospital ranks as one of America’s 50 Best Hospitals™ by Healthgrades® and holds Magnet® designation, the nation’s highest honor for nursing care and is proud to be named a Great Place to Work®.

Carle Foundation Hospital is the primary teaching hospital for the Carle Illinois College of Medicine, which gives our residents opportunities to teach and serve as mentors for medical students.

Our residency program uses unique and innovative teaching styles and techniques as well as an internal track system so residents can individualize their third year training toward their future career goals.

Residents see patients at two family medicine clinics that serve as their continuity sites. Both sites play an integral part in the training of our residents. At South Clinic, residents and faculty have their entire panel of family medicine continuity patients. At Promise Healthcare’s Frances Nelson clinic, a Federally Qualified Health Center, our residents and family medicine maternity care faculty see patients for prenatal and postpartum care during all three years of residency. Our maternity care patients at both South Clinic and Frances Nelson are offered referrals to two programs in Champaign for pregnant and/or postpartum patients, Family Foundations and Healthy Beginnings. Both are free of charge to patients and are nurse home visit programs.

Many family medicine residency graduates are recruited by the Carle Foundation Hospital system upon graduation to work in family medicine clinics, convenient care, and as hospitalists.

Epic is the fully-implemented EMR used at Carle Foundation Hospital for both outpatient and inpatient care.


Curriculum

Residency training in Family Medicine includes hands-on patient care experiences in clinic and hospital settings as well as exposure to patients at the local Federally Qualified Health Center, in nursing homes, and at home. The majority of our didactics have been consolidated to occur on Tuesday afternoons. During these times, residents are excused from other duties to attend these learning opportunities.

PGY-1 Rotations

  • Family Medicine Orientation
  • Family Medicine Inpatient Service (x3)
  • Pulmonary/Radiology
  • Cardiology
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Pediatrics Outpatient
  • Nursery
  • Pediatrics Inpatient
  • Obstetrics (days)
  • Gynecology
  • Elective 
  • Continuity Clinics 1-2 half days per week*
PGY-2 Rotations

  • Family Medicine Inpatient Service
  • Night Float
  • ICU
  • Sports Medicine
  • Quality/Nephrology
  • Pediatrics Outpatient
  • Surgery
  • Psychiatry
  • Neurology
  • Research/Rheumatology
  • Obstetrics (nights)
  • Orthopedics/Night Float
  • Elective
  • Continuity Clinics 2-4 half days per week*
PGY-3 Rotations

  • Family Medicine Inpatient Service (x2)
  • Pediatrics Inpatient
  • Urology (1)/Endocrinology (3)
  • Ophthalmology (1)/ENT (1)/Addiction Medicine (2)
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Elective
  • Flex (track specific)
  • Continuity Clinics 3-5 half days per week*

*Continuity Clinics may occur more or less frequently depending on the rotation

Longitudinal Curriculum

  • Acute Care
  • Behavioral Science/Psychiatry
  • Community Medicine
  • Critical Thinking
  • Evidence-Based Medicine
  • Geriatrics
  • Health Promotion and Disease Prevention
  • Healthcare Management
  • Information Technology
  • Laboratory Medicine
  • Leadership Development
  • Legal Medicine and Ethics
  • Oral Health
  • Patient Education
  • Pharmacology
  • Practice Management
  • Procedures
  • Professionalism
  • Radiology
  • Research and Scholarly Activity

Electives

  • Addiction Medicine
  • Convenient Care/Acute Care
  • Dermatology
  • Endocrinology
  • ENT
  • Family Medicine Clinic
  • Geriatrics
  • Gynecology
  • Hospitalist Medicine
  • Neurology
  • Obstetrics Inpatient
  • Obstetrics Outpatient
  • Palliative Care
  • Procedures
  • Psychiatry/Behavioral Health
  • Pulmonology
  • Research
  • Rheumatology
  • Rural Medicine
  • Trauma
  • Urology
  • Wound Care
  • Many others available upon request; Self-designed electives considered

Curriculum Tracks

Family Medicine

  • Pediatrics Outpatient
  • Acute Care Clinic
  • Psychology
  • Musculoskeletal Medicine
  • Flex 1 (Family Medicine Clinic and/or OMT)
  • Flex 2 
Women's Health

  • Gynecology Branch
  • Obstetrics Outpatient
  • Ambulatory Women’s Health
  • Breast
  • Uro-gynecology/Gynecology
  • Flex (x2)
  • Obstetrics Branch
  • Obstetrics Inpatient
  • Obstetrics Outpatient
  • Maternal Fetal Medicine
  • NICU
  • Flex (x2)
Hospitalist

  • Hospitalist Rotation (x3)
  • ICU
  • Flex (x2)

How Do We Track Resident Performance?

At the end of each block rotation, you'll receive a written and verbal evaluation from the attending(s) with whom you worked most closely. You'll also complete a self-evaluation of your skills on a quarterly basis and take an annual in-training examination that is similar to the family medicine certification examination. In continuity clinic, preceptors complete daily evaluations so residents have more immediate written feedback. We use the ACGME Milestones evaluations twice per year to evaluate the performance levels residents are expected to demonstrate for skills, knowledge and behaviors in the six Core Competency domains of family medicine.  


Professional Development

The Discovery Pathway offers residents a unique opportunity to grow their strengths as future physician innovators and leaders. This high-impact, integrated program is specifically designed to let residents tailor their professional development opportunities to the interests and expertise that’ll become central to their careers as future pioneers in healthcare.


Meet Our Team

Photograph of Tabatha Wells, MD, FAAFP

Tabatha Wells, MD, FAAFP

Administration

Program Director

Photograph of Brandyn Mason, DO

Brandyn Mason, DO

Administration

Associate Program Director

Photograph of Carrie Konstanty

Carrie Konstanty

Administration

Program Coordinator

Photograph of Erika McLean, MD

Erika McLean, MD

Core Faculty

Photograph of Heidi Gaddey, MD

Heidi Gaddey, MD

Faculty

Photograph of Anne Robin, MD

Anne Robin, MD

Faculty

Photograph of Katelynn Brown, MD

Katelynn Brown, MD

Resident

PGY-3

Photograph of Ebenezer Enchia, MD

Ebenezer Enchia, MD

Resident

PGY-3

Photograph of MaNada Khaing, MD

MaNada Khaing, MD

Resident

PGY-3

Photograph of Bryan Lee, DO

Bryan Lee, DO

Resident

PGY-3

Photograph of Matthew Caviness, MD

Matthew Caviness, MD

Resident

PGY-2

Photograph of Mohamed Hassaballa, MBBS

Mohamed Hassaballa, MBBS

Resident

PGY-2

Photograph of Farah Sahar, MBBS

Farah Sahar, MBBS

Resident

PGY-2

Photograph of Daniel Wooldridge, MD

Daniel Wooldridge, MD

Resident

PGY-2

Photograph of Christopher Veal, MD

Christopher Veal, MD

Resident

PGY-2

Photograph of Sindhura Allala, MD

Sindhura Allala, MD

Resident

PGY-1

Photograph of Oluwatosin Alo, MD

Oluwatosin Alo, MD

Resident

PGY-1

Photograph of Francesca Bryan, MD

Francesca Bryan, MD

Resident

PGY-1

Photograph of Cajetan Duru, MD

Cajetan Duru, MD

Resident

PGY-1

Photograph of Jacques Lamour, MD

Jacques Lamour, MD

Resident

PGY-1

Photograph of Juan Mendoza Ortiz, MD

Juan Mendoza Ortiz, MD

Resident

PGY-1

Photograph of Shufei Tao, MD

Shufei Tao, MD

Resident

PGY-1


How to Apply

We're a competitive community-based program in a highly desirable place to live, grow, practice and raise a family. As we receive a very large number of applications each year, it's possible that not all applicants meeting the below criteria will be offered an interview. Decisions are made upon review of all information that's available at the time the application is reviewed. We accept six residents in each class.

  • Must apply via the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC)  Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS)  and must be registered with the National Residency Matching Program (NRMP) .
  • Must be a graduate of U.S. allopathic or osteopathic medical school.
  • International medical school graduates can apply through the Education Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) pathways program.
  • If applicant has graduated from medical school more than three years ago, applicant must have one year of clinical experience in the U.S. within the last five years.
  • At least three letters of recommendation are required; one of which must be from a family medicine physician and one must be directly affiliated with the sending medical school.
  • We sponsor ONLY J-1 visas.
  • An applicant must possess excellent skills in both verbal and written English.
  • Only complete applications will be considered for interview. A complete application will include the following:
    • Three letters of recommendation
    • Personal Statement
    •  USMLE/COMLEX Step 1 passing score. 
    • USMLE/COMLEX Step 2 is encouraged and highly preferred for interview consideration. A passing score must be on file before an applicant can be ranked.
If you have any questions regarding our program or the application process, please contact us at FMRP@carle.com.