Welcome to the Lawrence Family Medicine Residency

Lawrence, MassachusettsBread and Roses Mural

First Teaching Health Center in USA
STFM Innovative Program Award Winner

2015 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
“Culture of Health” Award Recipient

Our Mission
“The mission of the Lawrence Family Medicine Residency is to create and nurture learning environments where physicians are inspired to develop expertise in Family Medicine and to dedicate themselves to the care of individuals, families and communities, especially those who are underserved.”

Are you interested in training where you are needed the most, in an underserved urban community where you will make a difference while you grow into an outstanding Family Physician? The Lawrence Family Medicine Residency is where your idealism will be nurtured and will even grow. Our busy community health center network and adjacent single-residency community teaching hospital serve a fascinating community in which to learn.

Our residency has always been an innovative and progressive place. Started in 1994 as the nation’s first accredited Community Health Center-sponsored Family Medicine Residency, in 2011 the residency was designated by HRSA as one of the nation’s first eleven Teaching Health Centers under the Affordable Care Act. Additionally, the residency was selected by the ACGME in May 2012 as one of twelve family medicine residencies for its national four year length of training study, which began with the class entering in June 2013. To learn more click here.

As of July 2016, we have 165 residency alumni who are working in underserved communities all over the country and the world. Come and meet the people who make up the family of the Greater Lawrence Family Health Center and its Lawrence Family Medicine Residency. To learn how to apply, click here.


(From aafp.org: The Teaching Health Center Graduate Medical Education (THCGME) program, funded since 2011 and set to expire in 2015, is one type of GME program that is vital to family medicine. THCs increased the numbers of primary care physicians and dentists training to care for underserved populations nationwide. Without continued federal funding, most of these THCs report that they would be unlikely to continue current residency recruitment and enrollment, threatening the initial program investments and even the viability of the program itself. Please see the video to learn more about the value of THCs.)