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Preliminary Medicine-

Of the 9 preliminary medicine positions, we offer:

  • 3 linked to the SIU Radiology residency,
  • 2 linked to the SIU Dermatology residency,
  • 3 linked to the SIU Neurology residency, and
  • 1 freestanding position for residents seeking an advanced standing position elsewhere

SIU Preliminary Medicine Residency will prepare you for advanced standing programs. Rotations are similar, including unique opportunities during Y week specific to the needs of the advanced standing program. Our Preliminary Medicine residents are treated similar to those in the categorical medicine track. Their rotations are similar with the possibility of scheduling a 4 week elective to coincide with ultimate career goals. The academic year consists of 13 rotations and 13 Y weeks.

The first year typically includes 13 X rotations for 39 weeks of inpatient medicine.

  • General internal medicine- 12 weeks
  • Emergency Medicine- 3 weeks
  • 24 weeks of Subspeciality Medicine including: Cardio, Endo, GI, Hem/Onc, ID, Med/Psych, Neuro, Pulm and Rheum

For those who are interested in one of the linked positions, an ERAS application should be submitted to the “home department”. It is not necessary to interview with the Department of Medicine, but you are certainly welcome to visit the Medicine program on your interview day if you wish. Please discuss this with the Residency Coordinator in the home program in order to coordinate this visit. Applicants interested in the freestanding preliminary medicine positions should submit their ERAS applications to the Department of Medicine.

For more information on our programs send and e-mail to Catherine Brower

Categorical Program-

First Year:

PGY – 1 resident provides care in inpatient settings directly supervised by senior residents, fellows and clinical faculty. In our developmental progression first year residents are typically identified as early learners to beginning/effective managers.

Rotations include:

  • 8 Hospitalist
  • 1 ICU
  • 1 Nephrology
  • 1 Pulmonary
  • 1 Cardiology
  • 1 Infectious Disease

Second Year:

PGY – 2 residents are indirectly supervised and obtain advanced training in internal medicine subspecialties and the intensive care unit. Second year residents comprise the night medicine services and the medicine subspecialty night consult service. Typically, second year residents are identified as effective to advanced managers.

Rotations include:

  • 3 Intensive Care
  • 3 Night Medicine
  • 1 Ambulatory
  • 1 Rheumatology
  • 1 Endocrinology
  • 1 GI
  • 1 Hematology-Oncology
  • 1 Neurology
  • 1 Medicine Psychiatry

Third Year:

PGY-3 residents assume added responsibility as supervisors and teacher/leaders on hospitalist and intensive care services. Third year residents are capable of oversight supervision and typically are identified as advanced managers or teacher-leaders.

The senior year schedule includes:

  • 4 Hospitalist
  • 2 Night Medicine
  • 1 Intensive Care
  • 1 Emergency medicine
  • 1 Hematology/Oncology
  • 1 Gastroenterology
  • 1 Cardiology
  • 1 Rheumatology
  • 1 Endocrinology

Hospitalist Service-

Located at Memorial Medical Center our Hospitalist General Medicine Services consists of 4 teams of 2 PGY-1 residents and a PGY-3 senior resident. Residents are both admitting patients and serving as medicine consultants. Features of our hospital Medicine Service Include:

  • Drip model for admissions and consultations
  • Intern “long” day shifts every 8th day with Senior “long” shift every 4th day.
  • Short shifts start at 6:30 a.m. and end by 5 p.m. generally for interns and Senior’s.
  • Morning and afternoon handoffs are directly observed
  • 11:30am-1pm Monday Core Conference
  • Dedicated nurses and pharmacists support the hospital service.

Sample Schedule for Ward Teams-

                                   Monday                     Tuesday                Wednesday            Thursday                    Friday

6:00 Pre-rounds Pre-rounds Pre-rounds Pre-rounds Pre-rounds
7:00 Morning Report Morning Report Morning Report Morning Report Morning Report
8:00 Pre-rounds Grand Rounds Pre-rounds Pre-rounds Pre-rounds
8:30 Rounds Rounds Rounds Rounds
9:00 Rounds
11:30 Core Conference
12:00     Noon Conference Noon Conference
15:00 Afternoon Handoff Afternoon Handoff Afternoon Handoff Afternoon Handoff Afternoon Handoff


Y Week/ Clinic Week-

Goals for Y Week
  • Enhance ambulatory medicine knowledge and skills through clinical practice, asynchronous online didactic and interactive learning experiences.
  • Participate in outpatient team based care to achieve patient centered goals including access to care and provider continuity, while learning effective practice management.
  • Mentor and promote your development for your clinical competency towards the goal to become an independent outpatient practitioner in Internal Medicine.
3 main structures
  • Your ambulatory continuity provider and shared practice partners.
  • Your selected longitudinal subspecialty clinics.
  • Tuesday academic half day & Hopkins ambulatory modules as assigned.

Clinic Week Template

Why a 3 week inpatient duration?

  • Three week inpatient dwell time provides for 13 rotations each year.
  • Three weeks of a rotation appear to be an ideal amount of time to spend on any given rotation.
  • Golden weekends follow every in-patient rotation which allows recovery time before each clinic week.