Northwest Health Launches the First Family Residency Program in Northwest Indiana

Northwest Health Launches the First Family Residency Program in Northwest Indiana

Valparaiso, IN – Northwest Health has earned accreditation from the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) for its new Family Medicine residency program which will help attract, train and retain physicians to the region.

ACGME is an independent organization that sets and monitors the professional educational standards for preparing physicians to deliver safe, high-quality medical care to all Americans. The Northwest Health family residency program is the first and only family medicine program in Northwest Indiana. Northwest Health is set to welcome residents in July of 2023. 

With ACGME accreditation, Northwest Health's family medicine residency program can participate in the National Resident Matching Program, a mechanism for matching the preferences of applicants for residency programs with the preferences of residency program directors. 

Residency programs are a clinical training program for doctors who have graduated from medical school and are ready to receive training in their area of specialization. Family Medicine residents spend three years in a residency program. The Northwest Health residents will work with many physicians across Northwest Medical Group, Healthlinc and its hospitals to gain experience overseeing the full continuum of care. 

“Accreditation is a significant milestone for Northwest Health and Northwest Indiana,” said Ashley Dickinson, CEO, Northwest Health. “I appreciate the dedication of Dr. Joel Bates, program director, and the team that has worked to create this robust program. The addition of graduate medical education gives us the ability to train future physicians who share our commitment to clinical excellence and outstanding patient experience.”

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About Northwest Health

Northwest Health is a comprehensive healthcare system committed to providing communities in Northwest Indiana with high-quality, accessible healthcare—from highly specialized care and surgical services to more routine primary care. The system of more than 60 access points includes three hospitals, five emergency departments, urgent care centers, outpatient surgery centers, an ambulance service, and physician offices. A team of more than 3,000 employees work together with the more than 700 physicians on its medical staffs. Northwest Health is owned in part by physicians. For more information, visit