Physician Pipeline Preparatory Program"


Physician Pipeline Preparatory Program

P4 Students

Dates of Modules of Study

First Module
November 3-6, 2014
November 10-13, 2014

Second Module
February 2-5, 2015
February 9-12, 2015

Third Module
May 4-7, 20145
May 11-14, 2015


Pipeline Description

In 2009 twenty ninth-grade students in Springfield were selected for a pilot program to encourage local high school students interested in becoming physicians. The program was designed to give local high school students an inside look at what life is like as a physician. Organized by SIU School of Medicine and Springfield Public School District 186, the Physician Pipeline Preparatory Program (P4) student numbers have increased over the years and its curriculum has been refined.

"I am very pleased with the selection of students and the curriculum they engage," said Dr. Wesley McNeese, Executive Assistant to the Dean for Diversity, Multicultural and Minority Affairs at SIU, and the director of the program.

P4Students in the Pipeline are selected by a committee made up of members from both partner organizations, as well as community representatives. Applicants submit letters of recommendation, a personal statement and a summary of volunteer, school and community activities, all of which should reflect superior academic performance, high levels of motivation and a sincere interest in pursuing medical careers.

The curriculum for the pilot program was developed by faculty and staff from both Springfield Schools and the SIU medical school. The P4 after-school program includes participation in medical school style curriculum; introduction to problem based learning; tours and shadowing, and interactions with SIU students and faculty. "We hope this program will develop into a permanent partnership with the Springfield schools and eventually some of the P4graduates will return to earn their medical degrees at SIU," said SIU Dean and Provost, J. Kevin Dorsey, M.D., Ph.D. "This effort matches well with part of our mission, which is to be of service to the communities where we work and live."

Current P4 Students
2014 - 2015

High School Seniors

Tayo Ajenifuja, SHS
Perion Black, LHS
Sean Chapin, SHG
Courtney Colwell, SHS
Lakeia Crawford, SSHS
Brian Eccleston, SHS
Lani McLaughlin, SSHS
Sarah Rodgers, SSHS
Leia Ruebling, SSHS

High School Juniors

Elijah Baylor, LHS
Jasmine Broida, LHS
Cyann Dent, SSHS
Ejehi Erewele, SHS
Nubia Fokum, RHS
Dalia Hassan, SHS
Mycheala McCreary, SSHS
John Padanilam, SHS
Marina Rosebrock, SSHS
Lindsay Stine, Home School
Briley Tanner, SHS

High School Sophomores

Ayooluwa Afolayan, SHS
Elsie Andres, SHG
Maddie Andres, SHG
David Bruns, Home School
Madison Dilley, LHS
Kyzah Harris, SSHS
Youssef Hassan, SHS
Kelvin Hatchett, SSHS
Amaya Henderson, SSHS
Kien Ho, SSHS
Lauren Madonia, Lutheran
Arianne Moody, SHS
Jesse Nicoletta, SSHS
Jordan Price, SHS
Odysee Riggs, LHS
Dayshia Rogers-Gordon, LHS
Hannah Seck, SSHS
Emily Thornberry, SHG

Office of Diversity, Multicultural and Minority Affairs
P.O. Box 19620
801 N. Rutledge Street
Springfield, Illinois
The mission of SIU 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.


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