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A Common Vision

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The SIU Department of Family and Community Medicine is a group of people, spread across the southwestern half of the State of Illinois, united by a common vision and passion for the health of the people we serve. Faculty members and community teaching physicians in our department have common goals of providing excellent medical care and improving the health status of the people of Illinois through educational and research programs. Two principles define our common goals:

  1. The Patient-Centered Medical Home
  2. Tempered Independence

In communities throughout Illinois, our department has developed university-administered, community-based programs that are organized by a strong central department that is closely connected with the SIU School of Medicine. Our department retains a local tempered independence in order to best meet the healthcare needs of our own communities and the educational needs of their learners. We have established a strong family medicine education program which collectively:



For more than 25 years, SIU School of Medicine ThinkFirst has provided free community education on injury prevention through its ThinkFirst program, reaching over 300,000 people across central and southern Illinois in more than 4,000 presentations. Originally part of the Department of Orthopedic Surgery, ThinkFirst has been reestablished in the Department of Family and Community Medicine Core, as of September 1, 2016. ThinkFirst SIU School of Medicine is funded through an Injury Prevention grant from the Illinois Department of Transportation, Division of Traffic Safety. Go to the ThinkFirst Web Site


SIU SOM DCFM in Top Three of Medical Schools for TAR WARS!

The AAFP recently recognized the FMIG at the Southern Illinois University School of Medicine for their outstanding community service
efforts to educate children about the harmful effects of tobacco use with Tar Wars. Read More

The mission of the 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.


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