Welcome to the Rockford Family Medicine Residency Program

Discover the benefits of unopposed clinical experiences and innovative educational programming.


About the Program

Dr. Rhonda Verzal

Rhonda Verzal, MD, FAAFP

The University of Illinois College of Medicine Rockford Family Medicine Residency Program provides each resident the benefit of unopposed clinical experiences, exceptional opportunities for obstetrical care and innovative educational programming through multidisciplinary techniques. Through the UI Health Mile Square Health Center – L.P. Johnson Rockford, the award-winning UW Health SwedishAmerican Hospital and other affiliated community health care partners, the Rockford Family Medicine Residency Program provides outstanding graduate medical education. Since the program began in Rockford in 1972, more than 420 family medicine residents have been trained through the program who now practice family medicine and various subspecialties in Rockford, throughout Illinois, across the nation and around the world. I invite you to learn more about our program.

Residents practicing vital check on a medical simulation mannequin


We are committed to the ideals of our discipline of family medicine and are proud of the educational experience we provide in this unopposed residency program. We invite you to take a closer look at the Rockford Family Medicine Residency Program.

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Salary and Benefits

The health and well-being of our residents is important to us. We offer a competitive salary and benefits package and perks to keep you and your family happy and healthy.

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We strive to recruit top-notch medical students who will become excellent family medicine physicians. Learn more about our eligibility criteria to see if you meet the requirements and, if so, we invite you to apply to our outstanding residency program.

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The Structured Training for Rural Enhancement of Community Health in Obstetrics (STRETCH-OB) track within our Family Medicine Residency Program is for residents who are committed to providing obstetrics in a rural or underserved community. This is a HRSA-funded program’s purpose is to reduce poor maternal and birth outcomes in rural and underserved areas by increasing the number of family medicine physicians with high-quality, evidence-based obstetrical care skills who practice in these areas.

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Discover Rockford

Discover the many reasons Rockford, Illinois, is a great choice to work, live and play.

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UI Health Mile Square health Center – L.P. Johnson Rockford

The Mile Square Health Center – L.P. Johnson Rockford serves patients of all ages at a unique family practice that is a teaching facility associated with the University of Illinois College of Medicine Rockford.

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SwedishAmerican Hospital

The residency program is affiliated with SwedishAmerican: A Division of UW Health with core rotations at the award-winning SwedishAmerican Hospital where we enjoy the full support of hospital administration and medical staff.

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