40th Anniversary of SIU School of Medicine : 1970 - 2010

June, 1968
Education in the Health Fields for Illinois (called the “Campbell Report”) is published, directing SIU to start a medical school and graduate its first class by 1978.

January 1970
Richard H. Moy, M.D., is appointed as the first Dean of the Southern Illinois School of Medicine.

December 11, 1970
SIU School of Medicine signs affiliation agreement with Memorial and St. John’s Hospitals outlining future relationships.

July 1971
Departments of Medical Education and Medical Humanities open, another example of SIU educational innovation. Also, a letter of acceptance was sent to the first student.

February 17, 1972
The School of Medicine's first Continuing Medical Education Conference was held in Carbondale.

May 1972
Springfield Family Practice Center begins seeing patients. The residency program is accredited and the first residents began training in July.

September 1972
MEDPREP, the Medical/Dental Education Preparatory Program to help educationally disadvantaged students prepare for professional schools, begins with 13 in Carbondale.

March 1973
Fifteen residency positions are filled in the School’s first Match Day.

February 1974
Students and staff move into the first permanent campus building in Springfield at 801 North Rutledge.

June 1975
Commencement of the first graduating class is held in the rotunda of the State Capitol

October 1976
SIU School of Medicine becomes the first medical school to publish detailed objectives of the entire curriculum.

March 1977
The first issue of ASPECTS, the magazine of SIU School of Medicine published

April 1977
The Board of Trustees ratified agreements between the School of Medicine and six hospitals in Belleville, Decatur and Quincy for Family Practice residency programs.

August 1978
The Quincy Family Practice Center opens. The residency program is accredited in 1979.

February 1979
The Alumni Society is formed and the first Society-sponsored reunion is held at Lake Springfield in May.

September 1979
The first Doctors Fair is held.

November 1980
The Pearson Medical History Museum is dedicated.



Southern Illinois University School of Medicine ranks as one of the fortunate few medical schools to have a history museum on its campus. Since its official dedication in 1980, the Pearson Museum has been not only a repository for the display of medical and scientific artifacts, but also a classroom for sharing the heritage of healing with faculty, medical students, and the interested public.

October 1981
Black students at the School organize the SIU/Springfield Chapter of the Student National Medical Association.

March 1982
The dedication of the School’s signature sculpture, “The Harbinger of Good Will,” located in the Courtyard at 801 N. Rutledge. is held.

June 1984
In recognition of its educational leadership role, the School is invited to host an international medical education conference sponsored by the Macy Foundation.

December 1985
The medical school partners with Enos Elementary School in the Springfield Schools "Adopt a School" program.

May 1986
SIU joins with St. John’s Hospital to host the Children’s Miracle Network Telethon in central Illinois, raising money for children’s medical services and research.

August 1986
Camp COCO, a camp for children with cancer and blood disorders opens. It is sponsored by the Pediatrics Department.  About Camp COCO

October 1987
The U.S. News and World Report credits SIU as the medical school most frequently cited as having an innovative program.

December 1988
The medical school files application for its first patent, for Metrifonate, a potential Alzheimer Disease therapy.

January 1989
The Illinois Health Improvement Association pledges $500,000 for cancer research. Additional funds make them the first $1.0 million supporter.

September 1992
Association of American Medical Colleges study ranks the School first nationally in percentage of its graduates practicing primary care.

August 1993
Carl J. Getto,M.D., is appointed as the second Dean and Provost. He begins January 1, 1994.

April 1994
The inaugural issue of SCOPE, the School’s literary arts magazine is published

October 2001
J. Kevin Dorsey, M.D., Ph.D., is appointed as the third Dean and Provost.

July 2005
A ground-breaking ceremony is held for the SIU Cancer Institute (Carpenter at Rutledge Streets).

August 2005
SIU Carbondale’s Wheeler 107 classroom is upgraded to a “smart classroom”.

November 2005
$10.2 Million is pledged to the University by SimmonsCooper LLC and the Simmons Family Foundation to fund research at the School’s new Cancer Institute.

May 2006
The School graduates its 2,000 physician. U.S. Sen. Barack Obama is the keynote speaker.

March 2007
The School adopts a new strategic plan that includes revising the mission statement to include the phrase “service to the community”.

July 2007
The School announces a citation free, 8-year LCME accreditation.

May 2008
Lincoln Prairie Behavioral Health Center, a partnership among SIU School of Medicine, Memorial Medical Center, and St. John’s Hospital, opens.

January 2009
The SIU Fertility and IVF Center opens.

August 2009
Gregory Brewer, Ph.D. is named Stark Chair, the first endowed chair of research.

2010
SIU School of Medicine celebrates 40 years assisting the people of Illinois in meeting their health-care needs.