Plenary for Physicians & Residents                                                  
Saturday, September 30, 2023   |    1:30 – 2:30 pm
Family Medicine: Oh, the Places I’ve Been

Presented by Carl Earl Lambert, Jr., MD, FAAFP, Illinois Family Physician and Director of Family Medicine Leadership Program, Rush Medical College


  • Share lessons learned throughout the career of a practicing family physician.
  • Highlight trends in student interest in family medicine
  • Recognize ways to help bolster interest in undergraduate medical education.

This talk will take the listeners essentially through my personal journey of choosing a career in Family Medicine and lessons learned along the way.  Additionally, we will highlight specific trends seen regarding student interest in family medicine and recognize ways to help bolster this interest in undergraduate medical education.


Dr. Carl Earl Lambert, Jr. is an Assistant Professor of Family Medicine at Rush University Medical College in Chicago, IL.  He is involved with academic medicine as well as mentorship, recruitment, and retention of underrepresented minority students into medicine.  He enjoys providing thorough, compassionate, and whole-person continuity and preventative care to people from all communities and walks of life in the Rush University Family Physicians group.  

Aside from clinical practice, Dr. Lambert remains very involved in the Rush community in several capacities, including being a committed and engaged clinical teacher and preceptor, a small-group clinician educator and facilitator in Rush’s integrated curriculum, director of the Rush Family Medicine Leadership Program, director of the service-learning curriculum, an executive member of the medical school’s Admissions Executive Committee and Rush University’s Racial Justice Action Committee, as well as faculty advisor for both the Rush Christian Fellowship as well as for minority medical students in the Rush chapter of the Student National Medical Association.  

Dr. Lambert is a member of the American Association of Family Physicians, a diplomat of the American Board of Family Medicine, a member of the Christian Community Health Fellowship, an academic advisor for the National Medical Fellowship Minority Primary Care Leadership Program, and the Chicago Area Albert Schweitzer Fellowship Program.  His special interests include community-based medical services, integrating faith into medicine, child & adolescent wellness, family planning, and men’s health.  He is happily married to his lovely wife Adrienne, father of two wonderful kids (Isaac and Naomi) and remains engaged in his home church, Bellevue Baptist Church, in Chicago, Illinois.