Family Medicine Residency

Program Director: John J. Kalata, DO, MS, MedEd, FACOFP

John J. Kalata, D.O.Telephone: (814) 868-8217





The mission of the LECOM Family Medicine Residency is to prepare residents to provide comprehensive and compassionate primary care for families in their communities, by providing progressive responsibility for patient care in a family environment through a continuum of didactic and clinical experiences throughout the residency program.

Program Overview

The primary goal of our ACGME-accredited Family Medicine Residency Program is to educate and develop family physicians who will practice in a manner that acknowledges the interdependency of mind, body and spirit. This goal aligns with the mission statement and educational goals of the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine, which seeks to train physicians to practice in the osteopathic tradition.

Additionally, our program strives to provide comprehensive primary care to patients in our community, through the efforts of our residents and faculty in the two Family Medicine Practice sites in our program, located in medically underserved areas of our community, and within a community hospital setting as its primary hospital site.

Our program imparts to its residents a firm academic background, enabling them to advance through the ACGME competency milestones and preparing them to achieve board certification upon graduation.

Finally, our program encourages its residents to participate in research and life-long learning, and prepares residents with the skills, knowledge and attitudes to become teachers and leaders in the profession through a variety of clinical experiences. Residents are offered optional participation in one of LECOM’s master’s degree programs in Medical Education, Health Services Administration, Cannabinoid Medical Therapeutics or Biomedical Ethics.

Continuity of Care Clinics

The Residency Program operates two family medicine practices for the training of our residents, each with its own on-site specialty clinics for the further enhancement of the continuity learning experience. Each center is supervised by a board-certified family physician.

The outpatient experience includes longitudinal care of approximately 400 patients per resident by the time the resident graduates. The resident will gain outstanding experience in the outpatient management of chronic illnesses, preventive care, and child and adolescent medicine.

The resident shall work a minimum of 312 half-days in the continuity of care clinic with one half-day during PGY-1, progressing to three half-days during PGY-2, and four half-days during the final year of residency. The resident will be assigned a panel of patients from the beginning and the patients will remain with the resident for the duration of the residency program.

  • Plaza 18 Medical Center, 537 West 18th Street. This state-of-the-art facility offers 18 exam rooms, video surveillance capability, classrooms and a resident office with internet access. Specialty clinics on site include Podiatry and Behavioral Health.
  • Eastside Medical Center, 2625 Parade Street.  This two-story facility has served as a neighborhood Family Medicine center for 25 years. It has a well-established residency training patient base. Specialty clinics on site include OB/Gyn, Orthopedics, Podiatry and Ophthalmology.

Hospital Rotation Curriculum

Core training sites are at Millcreek Community Hospital and UPMC Hamot. Additional assigned rotations to round-out the family medicine experience include ENT, ophthalmology, sports medicine and dermatology. Sufficient elective experiences are available within the health system.

The family medicine training program is thirty-six months in duration, and fulfills the training requirements for ACGME.

A sample curriculum includes the following:

General Internal Medicine 3 months
Cardiology 1 month
Critical Care 1 month
Surgery 1 month
Obstetrics/Gynecology 1 month
Pediatrics 1 month
Night Float 1 month
Behavioral Health 1 month
Emergency Medicine 1 month
Geriatric Medicine 1 month
Rehabilitation Medicine 1 month
General Internal Medicine 3 months
Family Medicine 1 month
ENT 1 month
Obstetrics/Gynecology (at UPMC Hamot) 2 months
Pediatrics (at UPMC Hamot) 2 months
Radiology 1 month
Orthopedics 1 month
Sports Medicine 1 month
Elective 1 month
General Internal Medicine 1 month
Ophthalmology 1 month
Neurology 1 month
General Surgery 1 month
Obstetrics/Gynecology (at UPMC Hamot) 1 month
Dermatology 1 month
Sports Medicine 1 month
Pediatrics (at UPMC Hamot) 1 month
Family Medicine 1 month
Cardiology 1 month
Electives 3 months

Education Program

All residents participate in our weekly education program, which includes journal club, board review, faculty lectures, the AMA GME Competency Program and Grand Rounds. Residents participate in one yearly in-service exam as well as the certification boards held during your last six months of residency. The AOA board certified exam is offered every 6 months in conjunction with AOA and ACOFP conventions.

The hospital values the participation of its residents in hospital committee and departmental meetings. These meetings prepare the resident for active participation in medical staff activities after graduation.

Residents are required to participate in scholarly activity each year. During their training, residents have option to earn a master’s degree in Medical Education, Health Service Administration, Cannabinoid Medical Therapeutics, or Biomedical Ethics from LECOM.

Resident Salaries:

  • PGY 1: $52,508.99
  • PGY 2: $53,580.60
  • PGY 3: $54,652.21

View Resident Benefits Overview

Message from Chief Resident, Shane Lohss, D.O.

I can’t say enough about my time at LECOM Health Family Medicine Residency. Our program provides residents with a strong foundation of clinical knowledge and skills. One of the program’s highlights is its flexibility, which allows residents to tailor their training and pursue personal interests. This is evidenced by our program’s graduates who are enjoying successful careers in many different settings throughout the country. We welcome applicants to LECOM Health, and we look forward to showing you everything our program and the city of Erie has to offer.

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Selection of residents and fellows shall not be based on age, disability, sexual orientation, status as a parent, religion, national origin, pregnancy, sexual harassment, race, color, sex, reprisal/retaliation, or veteran status, which would not directly impede the training process or any other characteristic protected by law.