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Dear Alumni:

Remember your last year of medical school?  You may recall a time of juggling academic schedules, struggling with the transition from medical school to a residency program and wondering which program was best suited to your unique talents.  Interviewing for residency can be physically and emotionally stressful.  Further, the cost only adds to a significant educational debt load.  We believe we can help.

The HOSTS program (Helping Our Students To Succeed) was created to address these challenges.  The HOSTS program will match SIU School of Medicine volunteer alumni with 4th year medical students in need of overnight accommodations for residency interviews during the months of September through January.  I encourage you to become a HOSTS alumni volunteer by updating your alumni profile or by contacting the Office of Alumni Affairs.

Participation in the HOSTS program will offer a rich experience for alumni and students alike in ways that exceed cost savings.  Being a HOSTS alumni volunteer will enable you to learn firsthand about changes on the SIU School of Medicine campus.  Additionally, you will be able to mentor students at a pivotal time in their careers by sharing your professional experience.  Through your guidance, the students will gain invaluable insight into the medical center and community in which they are interviewing.  I hosted a medical student who was interviewing in Springfield, and can attest that I gained more than I gave.  Please consider opening your home to SIU medical students traveling to your community.

Warm regards,

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J. Kevin Dorsey, M.D. Ph.D.
Dean and Provost

 
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