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About SIU School of Medicine

SIU School of Medicine was established in 1970 with a mission to educate physicians to remain in central and southern Illinois. We are a medical school with four areas of excellence: medical education, patient care, research and community service. 

Our 270 physicians treat patients throughout the region through our multidisciplinary clinics called SIU Medicine. We also engage in world-renowned research, notably in cancer, Alzheimer’s and audiology. Community service is a part of everything we do.

As a community-based medical school, we don’t own our hospitals, but partner with numerous hospitals in Illinois to ensure the needs of the communities are met with a patient-centered focus.

Our mission is to assist the people of central and southern Illinois in meeting their health-care needs through education, patient care, research and service to the community. We do this through the Triple Aim + 1: health care that is more effective, efficient, equitable and enjoyable.

The SIU School of Medicine exists for two reasons: 1) to improve the delivery of health care and improve the health of the people of western, central and southern Illinois. 2) to advance the discipline of medicine. By educating physicians, physician assistants and scientists, by researching the causes and cures of disease and by caring for people and communities through systems of care, the team at SIU School of Medicine strives to meet the Triple aim + 1: Health care and education that’s effective, efficient, equitable and enjoyable.

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SIU School of Medicine is a community-based medical education institution teaching undergraduate medical students, medical and surgical residents and fellows. The school also offers graduate degrees (master's and doctorates) in basic sciences, as well as a curriculum for physician assistant students, and programs for students to earn a dual MD/JD and a MD/MPH degrees. A prepartory program called MEDPREP is also available for students who need prerequisites to medical school. Collectively, the school has graduated more than 5,000 medical professionals.

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The school of medicine has continually received international recognition for our innovative medical education and assessment. Since 1973, the medical school has been consistently accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education. During our last two accredtations (2007, 2015) the school received no citations, the only U.S. medical school to do so. The School of Medicine is also the only medical school in the world to receive three Aspire Awards, granted by the Association for Medical Education in Europe (AMEE) for student assessment, student engagement and social accountability.


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SIU Medicine is the medical practice of SIU School of Medicine. More than 270 full-time faculty physicians work in seven clinical disciplines: family medicine, internal medicine, neurology, obstetrics/ gynecology, pediatrics, psychiatry and surgery. SIU Medicine integrates with the school’s educational programs to provide patients access to the most advanced care available. SIU Medicine clinics are located primarily in Springfield, Illinois at the SIU Clinics/Richard H. Moy Building, Baylis Medical Building and the Women & Children’s Clinic near HSHS St. John’s Hospital. Family medicine centers are also located in Carbondale, Decatur, Taylorville and Quincy. Community Health Centers are also located in Jacksonville and Lincoln. SIU School of Medicine provides additional patient services at 12 institutes and centers. With these resources, patients from throughout Illinois and the Midwest have easy access to the full-range of services, from primary care to tertiary-level specialty care. 

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SIU researchers study a wide range of basic and clinical sciences, including hearing loss, Alzheimer’s disease, cancer and much more. Research opportunities are included in both the medical student and resident educational experience. Labs are located in multiple facilities: the 801 Medical Instructional Facility, 911 N. Rutledge St. building, the Springfield Combined Laboratory Facility and the Simmons Cancer Institute at SIU. Additional labs are located on the Carbondale campus.


Caring for the community of central and southern Illinois is our mandate. Beyond providing extensive clinical and education services, our faculty and staff travel to more than 171 outreach sites in nearly 90 Illinois communities. Programs include a growing telehealth network, numerous continuing professional development programs, SIU medical library, and more. A new focus in Population Science and Policy is taking health care beyond the patient exam room to address the social determinants of health and partner with communities to find ways to improve health of populations.

Points of Pride

  • Medical Education – SIU School of Medicine was among the first to incorporate problem-based Learning and standardized patients into the medical school curriculum. 
  • SIU is the only medical school in the world to receive two consecutive accreditations from the LCME - without any citations.
  • In 2013, SIU School of Medicine received three international awards for excellence in medical education - the only medical school worldwide to do so. (ASPIRE awards from Association for Medical Education in Europe)
  • Patient Care – we offer specialty and subspecialty services in a dozens of areas at SIU Medicine
  • Research – SIU School of Medicine is world-renowned for cancer research, Alzheimer’s research and hearing loss.
  • Community Service – SIU School of Medicine works to serve the underserved, and address the needs of un or underinsured populations; addressing population health issues and work on health care policy.
  • One-third of the 809 physicians in Sangamon County have been trained by SIU School of Medicine in some capacity (undergraduate, graduate or fellowship education)
  • 8,700 referring physicians are located throughout the region.
  • The two-campus education ensures student exposure to the needs of the region.
  • A patient-centered focus of education and patient care.
  • More than 1,200 people apply for 72 medical school spots at SIU each year.

Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests

The Office of General Counsel is responsible for addressing FOIA requests in a timely manner. FOIA requests should be submitted in writing.  Mail, email, or FAX requests to the FOIA Officer:

Stephanie Barton
FOIA Contact
SIU School of Medicine
801 North Rutledge Street
P.O. Box 19619
Springfield, IL 62794-9619
217-545-6603 (Fax)


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Title IX Policy

Title IX of the Education Amendments and SIU policy prohibits discrimination in the provisions of services of benefits offered by the University based on gender.  Any person (student, faculty or staff) who believes that discriminatory practices have been engaged in based upon gender may discuss their concerns and file complaints of possible violations of Title IX by contacting the following:


Kay W. Doan
Title IX Coordinator
483 Woody Hall Mail Code 4316 
Southern Illinois University Carbondale
Carbondale, Illinois 62901
618/453-4807 or 618/453-1395 (fax)

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Sexual Harassment Policy and Prevention

Sexual harassment can be defined as any unwelcome sexual advances, request for sexual favors and other verbal and physical conduct of a sexual nature. It includes instances when such conduct is indicated to be a term or condition of an individual's academic or employment decisions, interferes with an individual's academic or employment performance or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive academic or employment environment. Sexual harassment can be as subtle as a look or as blatant as rape. It can occur within and beyond the classroom and workplace. Although the perception is that harassers are usually males, persons of either sex can be victims or harassers. Harassment usually involves a member of the opposite sex but can also involve two persons of the same sex. Sexual harassment, like harassment on the basis of race or religion, is a form of discrimination expressly prohibited by law. It is a violation of Title VII of the Federal 1964 Civil Rights Act and Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972 and a civil rights violation of the Illinois Human Rights Act.

All members of the School of Medicine community are encouraged to speak out when they see, hear of, or experience incidents of sexual harassment. Contact the Office of Human Resources, Teresa Smith at 217-545-5646. SIU Employees click here for more information.