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Medical Students Training with Local Physicians (October 2)

October 2, 2019
SPRINGFIELD, IL - Family physicians in seven Illinois communities are hosting students from Southern Illinois University School of Medicine through October 25. The students are participating in the school’s Family Medicine Preceptorship Program.
[Editor: See the list below for the student or physician from your community.]
The experience provides an opportunity for students to use their medical knowledge in a clinic setting under the supervision of an experienced physician. The students choose from more than 160 family practice physicians in Illinois for their preceptorship experience. They will graduate from medical school in May 2021, then pursue advanced training in a specific area of medicine before beginning practice. Since 1981, 2,661 students have participated in the program, which is offered by the school’s Department of Family and Community Medicine.
Established in 1970, 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. An international leader in medical education, the school is based in Carbondale and Springfield and is specifically oriented to educating new physicians prepared to practice in Illinois. Since 1975, 2,953 physicians have earned SIU medical degrees. For information, call SIU Medicine’s main number, 217-545-8000, or visit
Preceptor Students
Roxana Moraga, daughter of Reinaldo Moraga and Jeannette Baez of DeKalb, is the guest of Patrick Zimmermann, MD, with Family Medicine Associates in Collinsville. 
Ryan Mueller, son of Leland and Wendy Mueller of Maeystown, is a guest of David LeBeau, MD, at Southern Illinois Healthcare Foundation in Belleville. 
Nicholas Nosbisch, son of Mike and Mindy Nosbisch of Effingham, is the guest of Nathan Roberts, MD, at the Shelbyville Medical Center.
Zack Paquin, spouse of Weltha Ondik and son of James Patten and Vicky Paquin of Urbana, is the guest of the SIU Center for Family Medicine in Decatur. 
Payal Patel, daughter of Prakash and Pratima Patel of Kankakee, is the guest of Hashim Zaidi, MD, at the Medical Group of Kankakee County in Bradley.
Rachel Schmalshof, daughter of Karen Schmidt of Auburn and the late Brent Schmalshof, is the guest of Kate Wilkens, MD, at Carlinville Family Healthcare.
Connor Stephenson, spouse of Haley Gallatin and son of John and Lisa Stephenson of Salem, is the guest of Christopher Martinek, MD, at Springfield Clinic Wabash.
Skyler Taylor, son of Jeff and Sonya Taylor of Marana, Arizona, is the guest of Jennifer Schuermann, MD, in Springfield. 
Note: Pictures of the students are available upon request from