1044 North Francisco Avenue Chicago, IL 60622

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Family Medicine Residency

Hospital Overview:

Hospital Mission Statement:
Our mission is to provide high quality and compassionate health care services by partnering with patients, their families, our employees, physicians and the communities we serve. Norwegian American Hospital is the hospital of choice for our communities and our caregivers. We are best in class for clinical care, customer service, employee engagement, access to care and stewardship.

Established in 1894, Norwegian American Hospital has served the residents of the near northwest side of Chicago for over 120 years. Norwegian American Hospital is a premier health care provider where the patient comes first. It is a family and community centered hospital. Each of our employees strives to provide every patient with consistent high standards of affordable care. Norwegian American Hospital promotes personal wellness and is passionate in its belief that the health of the community and the health of the individual are interrelated.

Statistics for Fiscal Year 2016:

Total Adult Admissions - 7,969
Outpatient Visits - 52,523
Emergency Room Visits - 30,865
Clinic Visits - 19,377
Deliveries - 919
Surgeries - 1,958

Residency Program:

Program Mission

“As we GROW in medical skill and cultivate enduring connections within our community,

We pledge to SERVE our patients as timely health partners,

Empowering them to actively participate in the development of lifelong well being”

At its core the Norwegian American Hospital Program exists to train up incremental care providers who are both highly skilled in the provision of full spectrum family medicine and deeply passionate about serving the underserved community. Residents work as integral members of the health care team in inpatient and ambulatory settings, enabling them to direct the care of patients with acute and chronic complex disorders in a patient and family-centered medical fashion.


Beyond the core requirements for Family Medicine set forth by the ACGME, the curriculum is organized in a unique layering of experiences that provides the learners with timely exposure and reinforcement of medical subspecialties as their continuity clinic responsibilities evolve. Additionally, residents are given scheduled time to undertake quality improvement projects, engage in community outreach, and develop practice management skills in a longitudinal fashion through the TEAM Care rotations. Finally, a midyear session known as “Interlude” creates opportunities to learn new procedure skills, explore the humanities, and take time for self-care and wellness.

The grid below details the rotation requirements for Family Medicine Residents: (13-4 week blocks)




Cardio – 4 weeks
FMS (IP) - 12 weeks
Maternal Child (IP) - 8 weeks
Nephro – 4 weeks
Pediatrics (IP at UIC) – 8 weeks
Surgery – 4 weeks
TEAM Care (CM) – 4 weeks
Vacation – 4 weeks

BH – 4 weeks
Elective – 4 weeks
ER – 4 weeks
FMS (IP) - 8 weeks
GU/NE – 4 weeks
GYNE – 4 weeks
ICU – 4 weeks
Maternal Child (IP) - 4 weeks
Ortho – 4 weeks
Peds (OP) – 4 weeks
TEAM Care (HSM) – 4 weeks
Vacation – 4 weeks

Derm/Podiatry – 4 weeks
Electives – 8 weeks
EM Fast Track – 4 weeks
Endo/Ophtho – 4 weeks
FMS (IP) - 8 weeks
Geriatrics – 4 weeks
Med Select – 4 weeks
Peds Amb SP – 4 weeks
Sports Medicine – 4 weeks
TEAM CARE (QI) – 4 weeks
Vacation – 4 weeks

Continuity Clinic:

PCC- Wellness Center, a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) offering a comprehensive, highly trained team of medical, behavioral health, dental, and addiction care professionals is the home of the residency continuity clinic. Residents build their individual practices of continuity patients and serve as the primary care physician for this panel of patients throughout their three years of residency.

One to two half-days of continuity of care clinic in the PGY-1 year

Two to three half-days of continuity of care clinic in the PGY-2 year

Three to four half-days of continuity of care clinic in the PGY-3 year

Salary , Benefits & Employment Contract



CME Allowance


$ 52,295

3 days - $ 500 stipend



5 days - $ 1000 stipend



5 days - $ 1000 stipend

Additional Benefits Include:

  • Health, Dental and Vision Insurance
  • Life/Accident/Disability Insurance
  • Malpractice Insurance
  • Free parking
  • Free meals in physician dining room
  • 2 lab coats for PGY-1 year
  • 1 additional lab coat PGY-2 & PGY-3
  • Hospital subscription to Up-to- Date
  • 24 hour access to medical library

2017 Resident Contract


Adianez Albelo

Attended medical school at Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston, MA. She oversees the Maternal Child Health curriculum for the residency and exercises her passion for Global health through medical outreach in Yemen, India, Ethiopia and Peru. For recreation Dr Albelo loves to run, practice yoga,ride bicycles with husband and daughter and dancing group Flamenco throughout the Chicago area.

David Berdy

A graduate of the University of Toledo College of Medicine, Dr Berdy came to academic medicine in Chicago after 8 years of private practice in Ohio. He is the founding Program Director of the residency at Norwegian with a leadership style that is authentic, balanced, and creative. Outside the realm of medicine he enjoys playing recreational soccer, music, and traveling.

Marta Sciubisz

Graduated from American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine. She manages the medicine sub specialty areas of the curriculum and organizes the weekly didactic program for the residency. Aside from medicine, Dr Marta is an avid skier and likes to experiment with new recipes.

John Franco

Current Residents:

Palak Shah, MD a native of Mount Prospect, he graduated from St George’s University in 2016 and holds an MPH in Epidemiology. He speaks Spanish, and has extensive experience working with populations at risk particularly the aged and developmentally disadvantaged.
Mohamad Salama, MD a graduate of Ross University in 2014, he has distinguished himself through quality and process improvement coordination at Norwegian. He is fluent in Arabic and paid his way through medical school working as an auto mechanic.
Unnati Patel, MBBS grew up in Iowa, but attended medical school in China at the Zhejiang University School of Medicine. She speaks both Mandarin and Spanish and has been working as a consultant with the World Health Organization overseeing projects in Sierra Leone.
George Mammo, MD hailing from Michigan, he will graduate this month from St Georges University. He is fluent in Syriac, a language second only to Greek and Latin in terms of its significance to early Christian writings. Most notably, each and every letter of reference remarked on George’s “heart and service for the community”.
Victor Chow, MD Brooklyn born, he comes to the Windy City after graduation from St Georges University in 2016. He speaks both Chinese and Japanese and prior to medical school worked as an EMT in Jamaica Queens, NY.
Susana Villate, MD born in Columbia, she moved to the United States with her family at the age of 15. In addition to her MD, she has also earned her MPH from St Georges University. Being an immigrant herself, her desire is to work in a setting that allows her to have an impact on the health of the immigrant communities.


  • Must be a graduate of an accredited medical school.
  • USMLE Scores: passing scores on Step 1, Step 2 CK, and CS
  • Foreign applicants must be ECFMG certified.
  • You must be a permanent resident or US citizen.
  • Our hospital does not sponsor visas.


All applications must be submitted via ERAS:

Our Program Number is: 1201600705

Additional Information: For further information, please email: meded@nahospital.org