Family Medicine

Meet Our Faculty

From left to right: Dr. David Malaka, Dr. Brad Ferrari, Dr. Lindsey Kinney, Dr. Raul Torres, Jasmine Bailey, Dr. John Howard, and Dr. Max Schaefer.


Program Directors Welcome

Welcome to Spectrum Health Lakeland Family Medicine Residency Program. We are an unopposed community-based program dedicated to providing excellent education and training. We place a priority on the well-being of our residents and provide them with a strong support network through our mentoring programs, Wellness Half-Days, and Balanced Life Program. We pride ourselves in being able to prepare our residents for absolutely anything.


Program Director
Raul Torres, DO



Meet the 2022 Family Medicine Residents

Watch: Meet the 2021 Family Medicine Residents


About the Residency

The Family Medicine residency program at Spectrum Health Lakeland offers our residents a well-rounded, quality residency experience. We are a small, tight-knit, community-based family medicine program that places importance on education and personal life. Our residency is supported by a two-hospital system, which enables our residents the finest experiences in inpatient medicine, intensive care, emergency medicine, surgery, and obstetrics. We offer tracks in Obstetrics, as well as Sports Medicine

Many of our hospital-based rotations are completed at our community hospital in Niles, Michigan while some are also completed at our central site in St. Joseph, Michigan. The continuity clinic is located minutes away from the community hospital in Niles, Michigan. The Family Medicine outpatient clinical experience is held one (1) half-day each week during PGY-1 progressing to three (3) half-days in PGY-2 and PGY-3.

in October 2019, our residency program had received, continuing accreditation from the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education for 10 years and has also received Osteopathic Recognition from the Osteopathic Principles committee of ACGME. Osteopathic Manipulation may be incorporated into the resident’s regular clinic days.


Facts about our program:

  • Five PGY-1 positions are available for the match.
  • Any and all applications to the program will only be accepted and reviewed via ERAS beginning October. No email or other applications will be considered that are received outside of ERAS.
  • Invitations to interview will be sent to candidates after their ERAS application has been reviewed by our selection committee and the decision to send an invitation will be based on the following numerically scored factors, in no specific order: board scores, board pass history, recent or future graduation from medical school, the student's geographic connection to our area, audition rotation performance (if applicable), as well as the student's overall application.
  • Interviews will be held November through January.
  • Interviewees may not be ranked without evidence of passing COMLEX II or USMLE II. Scores must be submitted though ERAS by the end of January.
  • Matching will occur through the National Residency Matching Program (NRMP).
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