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Rockford program

Mercyhealth Family Medicine Residency Program–Rockford is a three-year program for licensed physicians to train under the supervision of experienced physicians.

Our goal is to train residents to be compassionate, skilled family physicians. We give you the knowledge, experience and community awareness you need to become a valuable resource to patients wherever you practice. This is done in a supportive environment focused on your education.

We are delighted that you are interested in our program. Mercyhealth Family Medicine Residency Program–Rockford can be the beginning of your successful career as a family physician. We look forward to meeting you.

Meet our leadership and faculty

John Dorsey, MD, Chief Medical Officer, Vice President of Physician Services and DIO

John DorseyJohn Dorsey, MD, is the Chief Medical Officer, Vice President of Physician Services and DIO of Mercyhealth GME Consortium. He is a graduate of The George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences and is board certified in internal medicine.

Dr. Dorsey completed his residency in internal medicine at Hershey Medical Center at Penn State University and a fellowship in geriatrics at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.

Alhang Sanyo Konyak, MD, FAAFP, Program Director, Mercyhealth Family Medicine Residency Program

Alhang Sanyo KonyakDr. Konyak is certified by the American Board of Family Medicine. He is a graduate of the Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education and Research (JIPMER), Puducherry, India. Dr. Konyak completed OB/GYN residency and is board certified as Diplomat of National Board (DNB), India.

He completed his residency training in Family Medicine from In His Image Family Medicine Residency Program, Tulsa, Oklahoma. Prior to his move to Mercyhealth, Dr. Konyak taught at University of Illinois College of Medicine, Rockford, as assistant professor of clinical family medicine. He practices full scope family medicine including obstetrics.

Sue Sweeney, Manager of Graduate Medical Education, Rockford

Sue SweeneySue Sweeney is the Graduate Medical Education Manager for Mercyhealth GME Consortium in Rockford. She is a graduate of Illinois Wesleyan University and holds a Master’s Degree from the University of St. Francis in Health Services Administration. In addition to working in ACGME-accredited residencies, she has experience in health system operations, quality improvement, compliance and privacy.

Naomi Perez, Program Coordinator

Naomi PerezNaomi Perez is a graduate of Rasmussen College where she received her BA in health care management and administration. She’s been a Mercyhealth partner since 2016 and enjoys her role as program coordinator for the Family Medicine Residency Program in Rockford. As program coordinator, she oversees daily administrative duties for residents and faculty and assists the program director in accreditation, education and supporting the residents.

Family medicine residency faculty

Alhang Sanyo Konyak, MD, FAAFP, Program Director, Mercyhealth Family Medicine Residency Program

Alhang Sanyo Konyak, MD, FAAFP"I am a family medicine physician in true sense of the word. I take care of the whole family and enjoy getting to know them. My mission statement is: Everyone has one life to live, and it should be lived to the fullest potential possible. My goal for my patients is to help them achieve their best health and life. I approach each patient as a valuable individual, and provide comprehensive care of their health—body, mind and spirit."

Dr. Konyak earned his medical degree at the Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education and Research, Pondicherry, India. He completed an OB/GYN residency in India, earning a degree of Diplomate of National Board. He completed family medicine residency at In His Image Family Medicine Residency Program, Tulsa, OK. Dr. Konyak is certified by the American Board of Family Medicine.

His special interests include:

  • Pregnancy
  • Adult health care
  • Pediatrics
  • Training today's young physicians

Emily Eckerstrom, MD

Emily EckerstromMedical School: University of Illinois-Rockford
Residency: Family Medicine, Mercyhealth, Wisconsin

"I love the family in family medicine. I enjoy the opportunity to work with all ages and treat people with a wide range of conditions. I believe that medical care should be a partnership between the patient and the doctor. I want to work with my patients to provide comprehensive care based on their goals and the most up-to-date medical recommendations."

Sandra Labak, DO

Sandra LabakMedical School: Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine, Midwestern University
Residency: Family Medicine, Chicago/Christ Hospital, Illinois

"I treat all my patients as if they were an immediate family member. I listen to their concerns, analyze their information and then offer treatment options. This allows them to participate in the decision-making process. I respect their preferences and try to treat all patients equally and fairly. I treat and love to work with all age groups."

Nichole Lupei, DO, Associate Director

Nichole LupeiMedical School: Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine, Midwestern University
Residency: Family Medicine, Resurrection Medical Center, Illinois

"My goal is to empower patients to care for themselves to the best of their ability. I do this through education, encouragement and empowerment. I try to work with patients to come up with an achievable treatment plan to help balance their mental and physical well-being.

Anthony Rizzo, DO, Associate Director

Anthony RizzoMedical School: Midwestern University-Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine, Downers Grove, IL
Residency: Family Medicine, Presence Resurrection Medical Center, Chicago
Fellowship: Sports Medicine, Presence Resurrection Medical Center, Chicago

"Medicine is more than just treating a patient. It is about building connections and being able to place myself in their shoes. My goal is to help my patients obtain a healthy lifestyle and to maximize each and every one of their medical potentials. I believe that in order to treat a person, you have to treat their whole being, both mentally and physically. I have a passion for sports medicine and I am excited to bring that part of my training to the program."

Paul Schroeder, MD

Paul SchroederMedical School: University of Illinois College of Medicine
Residency: Family Medicine, Medical College of Wisconsin, Wisconsin

"I enjoy taking care of families and contributing to their overall health. I would like all of my patients to feel that they were treated in a caring and professional manner."

Jean Walsh, DO

Jean WalshMedical School: Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine, Midwestern University
Residency: Family Medicine, Midwestern University, Illinois

"My most important role is to help others achieve their most comfortable, productive life and their best potential. Educating my patients and developing a collaborative relationship with them promotes this. My patients appreciate this type of working relationship, especially when I listen and incorporate what they have to say into their plan of care. People tend to better follow their plan of care when they contributed to it."

Simulation education faculty

Yone Amuka, MD, Emergency Medicine

Yone AmukaMedical School: Medical College of Georgia-College of Medicine, Augusta
Residency: University of Illinois at Chicago
Fellowship: Simulation Education, University of Illinois at Chicago

"I feel honored to be trained in medicine. All of science—everything from pasteurization to vaccines—is based on each scientist making a discovery and adding to the bank of knowledge by which humanity can go on improving itself. This knowledge belongs to all of us, and I practice as such. I show my patients that I truly care for them by applying this knowledge in the same way I would want it applied for the care of my own mother.

I particularly enjoy using ultrasound. My fellowship in simulation/education at the University of Illinois in Chicago involved teaching medical students how to do new calculations and techniques using ultrasound."

Behavioral medicine faculty

Kayla Clayton, MSW, LCSW, APSW, Behavioral Medicine

Kayla ClaytonBachelor's degree in social work: MacMurray College, Jacksonville, IL
Master's degree in social work: Aurora University, Aurora, IL

Kayla has over a decade of experience serving as a social worker in the community. She enjoys her role as behavioral health faculty for the Family Medicine Residency Program by providing education, support, encouragement and feedback to the residents regarding patient interaction.

Inpatient attending physicians

Meghann V. Houck, MD, Hospitalist

Meghann V. HouckMedical School: Rush Medical College, Chicago
Residencies: Internal Medicine and Pediatrics, University of Missouri at Columbia Hospitals, Columbia

Sanya Siraj, MD, Family Medicine Inpatient Medicine Attending

Sanya SirajMedical School: Wright State University, Boonshoft School of Medicine, Fairborn, OH
Residency: Internal Medicine, Wright State University, Fairborn, OH

Marian Tripp, MD, Family medicine Inpatient Medicine Attending

Marian TrippMedical School: Rosalind Franklin University: Chicago Medical School, North Chicago, IL
Residency: University of Illinois at Chicago Family Medicine Program, Chicago

"As a physician, I strive to provide a holistic approach to patient care that meets the diverse health needs of patients and families. I recognize the importance of addressing the multiple components that can affect a patient’s life and, in turn, their health. Excellent communication between the medical care team and the patient is vital in both providing optimal medical treatment and ensuring patient comfort. By listening and communicating well with a patient, I hope to address social and cultural issues that may arise as well as their medical needs."

Our facilities

Javon Bea Hospital–Riverside

Javon Bea Hospital RiversideMercyhealth's Javon Bea Hospital and Physician Clinic–Riverside, 8201 E. Riverside Blvd., Rockford, IL, opened in January 2019 and is designated by the State of Illinois as a Level III Reginal Perinatal Center for the 11-county northern Illinois region, including Rockford and the surrounding area. Mercyhealth also provides services to three southern Wisconsin counties. This designation is the highest in the state, reflecting Mercyhealth’s specialized expertise and comprehensive resources to treat the smallest and sickest babies.

With its location on the I-90 interstate at the Riverside exit, the hospital and clinic provide regional access to critical tertiary level services and ensures a robust volume and variety of patients for the residents’ clinical training. This $505 million project is the largest in Rockford history.

Mercyhealth Alpine

Mercyhealth AlpineMercyhealth Alpine, 7702 N. Alpine Road, Loves Park, IL, is home to the Mercyhealth Family Medicine Residency Program–Rockford. Resident physicians began practicing at this location in July 2019. The residents provide a full array of health care services to the community. As family medicine physicians, they care for people at every stage of life—from infants to the elderly.

Salary and benefits

Resident salaries are competitive and based on their current program year. Salary and compensation for residents are commensurate to post-graduate education level.

Postgraduate year (PGY)-1 $60,000 and laptop computer
PGY-2 $61,000
PGY-3 $62,000
Chief resident stipend: $1,500

Residents receive access to a variety of benefits, including the following:

  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Health insurance
  • Dental insurance
  • Vision insurance
  • Life insurance
  • Long-term disability insurance
  • Malpractice insurance
  • Flexible benefits plan
  • Paid vacation
  • Free parking
  • Computer/tablet
  • Physician coats
  • Meals on call
  • Membership fees
  • Relocation assistance

Frequently asked questions

Do all the participating sites have an electronic medical record (EMR)?

  • Yes. Mercyhealth takes patient privacy and records very seriously. All Mercyhealth facilities utilize EPIC electronic medical record which allows for the safe and effective record keeping of our patients across the care continuum. Residents will have access to EPIC at all our locations as well as through a secured virtual private network.

Is there support for research and conference attendance?

  • Yes. We are invested in the growth, development and success of our residents. The Office of Graduate Medical Education will support resident publication and presentation at local, regional and national conferences.

I am an International Medical Graduate. Am I qualified to apply?

  • Yes. We welcome graduates from all medical schools and visas are considered on a case-by-case basis.

Are USMLE scores required for osteopathic applicants?

  • ​No, osteopathic applicants need only a COMLEX transcript.

Are non-U.S. citizens eligible to apply?

  • We welcome graduates from the United States, Canada and international medical schools. We will consider visas on a case-by-case basis for qualified applicants.

Do you make any exceptions to the applicant criteria listed on your website?

  • We evaluate candidates from a holistic perspective with particular focus on our listed applicant criteria.

I applied! Now what?

  • We will begin reviewing applications in September. We will send email invitations in early October to selected candidates. Our interviews take place between October and January.

For more information, call 815.971.3397 or email.

Mercyhealth Graduate Medical Education Consortium
Naomi Perez, Program Coordinator
7702 N. Alpine Rd.
Rockford, IL 61111