We ask that students limit the use of the program to 5 times so that we are
able to accommodate as many student requests as possible. We will make
every effort to match all requests, but students should be mindful that
additional requests will be handled on an "as available" basis after we
have accommodated other students enrolled in the program.
We expect many hosts will welcome spouses. Students should
include the spouse accommodation request on the initial registration
form. If a student's travel is contingent upon the spouse's ability to
be accommodated, students should elaborate in the "Comments" section.
Yes, assuming the alumni host is available and agreeable. All requested
dates should be included in the initial student registration form. We
discourage extended-stay requests after a reservation is confirmed
SOM alumni are practicing in 49 states (Vermont is not presently
represented). While we may have alumni practicing in a particular
state, alumni may or may not be geographically close to the residency
interview site. Questions regarding the proximity of alumni to interview
site(s) should be directed to Julie Robbs at email@example.com.
We ask the alumni host to provide complimentary overnight accommodations
in their home. While it is possible that hosts may be gracious to offer transportation to/from interviews and airports, meals or city tours, students should not have an expectation of benefits other than complimentary accommodations. We encourage students to engage the alumni host in meaningful dialogue that would provide insight on the prospective medical center, cost of living in the region, and other quality of life questions. If the host family is agreeable, we ask students to commemorate the visit with a digital photo of themselves and the host family. The photo will be used as part of a HOSTS program photo gallery on the School of Medicine alumni web page.
Complete the Student Registration Form to advise when and where
residency interviews will occur. The student registration form must be
submitted at least two weeks prior to the interview dates to allow adequate
time for a host family match. The Office of Alumni Affairs will stay in
communication with the student as the match proceeds.
When a student completes the on-line Student Registration Form,
we contact prospective alumni hosts in the area. Alumni/student
matching is done primarily by geography and alumni availability.
When multiple alumni are located within the specified geography,
specialty is a secondary factor considered in the match. The
student will be contacted when a successful match is confirmed.
Yes! Once a match has been established, we will provide the student
with alumni contact information. It is then up to the student
to contact the alumni host and share the details of travel/
interview plans. Students must contact the alumni host to confirm their stay as soon as we communicate the alumni
contact information. If a student's travel/interview plans
change, the student must re-contact the alumni host and notify
Julie Robbs of the change via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Contact your host immediately upon receiving the information.
If you are matched with an alumni host early, the student
must reconfirm plans one week prior to your travel. The
reconfirmation process is an important way to give hosts
assurance that plans have not changed.
Yes, we ask that you send a thank you note to the host family
and complete an on-line evaluation of your visit within 10 days
of the travel dates. Students should email digital photos to
Julie Robbs at email@example.com or send a CD via campus
mail to the attention of Julie Robbs at mail code 9650.
The mission of Southern Illinois University School of Medicine 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.