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A Common Vision

State Map of Illinois showing FCM and PA locationsThe 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:

  • Supports four distinct residency training programs
  • Are jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (MD) and the American Osteopathic Association (DO)
  • Provides six model family medicine offices to their patients
  • Graduates 25-27 family physicians each year
  • Supports a Physician Assistant Program
    • Graduates 40 Physician Assistants per year
  • Provides two sports medicine fellowships
  • Provides two maternal and child health offices
  • Supports training in Family Medicine for 288 SIU medical students
  • Provides a nationally-recognized Family Medicine six week core clerkship
  • Oversees a longitudinal population health and prevention curriculum
  • Offers over 30 elective courses to medical students
  • Provides student interest group opportunities in Family Medicine, Community Outreach, Global Health, and Humanism
  • Have numerous contacts and collaborations with community health agencies
  • Collaborate on research and program development
  • Intimately embrace and implement health information technology
  • Have support from a central core office for administration and finance