Starting m2 year here...I have a question about learning about family residency programs. There are very many, and unlike most other specialties, they are generally not at the huge academic medical centers we tend to be more familiar with, and in fact, I've heard, in family practice it may be best to avoid the big academic medical centers for the sake of your training anyway. For those who are going through the process now or those who already have, how do you even begin to get a sense of the philosophies and atmospheres of different programs, and how you'll fit? I know when it comes down to it away rotations and all are important, but how do you even start to get your list down to a manageable size? Most specifically, I'm interested in Chicago and immediate burbs, so any insight about that is great, but even just generally from around the country, what was the process of deciding where to apply and how to rank like for you?