You are here

Work Enviroment


SIU has great teaching hospitals – Memorial Medical Center offering University-based state-of-the-art medicine and its ability to provide residents a great amount of hands on experience, with emphasis on evident-based medicine principles. Program’s ability to implement EIP and provide Resident centered learning to enhance communication, professionalism and improve patient outcomes in a comfortable working environment with easily approachable attending faculty.The friendly atmosphere and the communication between the residents were unbelievable. – Sukesh Manthri, MD

I applied for the Medicine-Psychiatry program. I’m interested in underserved and rural populations which makes Springfield appropriate for me. The program directors truly try to make changes to enhance learning and service. We have a close community between residents. It is a nice peaceful town which I enjoy. – Kristin Lee, MD

Work Environment

The SIU Internal Medicine residency prides itself on a highly supportive, positive work environment. Many features of our program that support this environment are included in the residency specifics of the website. In addition, we are proud of the availability of the following features:

  • Electronic record support
    Each hospital has computerized lab reports and the availability to pull-up x-ray viewing in patient care areas. Each hospital and the medical schools clinical practice has an electronic health record.
  • All ancillary services provided
    The hospitals and the medical school provide lab technician and phlebotomist, EKG technicians, respiratory therapist, hospital transport, peripheral IV-starting, and interventional radiology procedures around the clock.
  • Daily interactions with colleagues.
    Our program sets aside regularly scheduled times for all of the residents to gather for educational sessions. This allow our house staff to keep in close contact with each other throughout their training.

Library Facilities
The SIU School of Medicine offers a comprehensive regional medical library with extensive stacks and state-of-the-art electronic information retrieval. The library is open 90 hours a week, and all services are available to SIU house staff. Each hospital support 24-hour per day library access for house staff, with ample available resources, either onsite or via electronic means.


Residents who join the SIU internal medicine residency will have experience in the care of patients from all socio-economic, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds, as well as the entire spectrum of medical conditions. Our affiliated community hospitals have their doors and emergency rooms open to all patients, as does SIU Medicine, the Medical School’s faculty practice. These institutions provide care for a substantial sized primary practice, drawn from the 200,000+ people in the Springfield service region. They also offer secondary, tertiary, and quaternary service to our entire referral region which includes more than 2 million people in central and southern Illinois, from 50 miles north of Springfield to the southern tip of the state. Although Springfield is a relatively small city, because we draw from a wide area and because our hospitals and practice are not restricted to specific populations or neighborhoods, we see an exceptional diversity of patients that may be surprising to some who have not experienced medical care in this region. And, our residents take part in the care of all of our patients, practice as “junior partners” of the attending’s—there is no segregation of the “private” or “service” patients in our system.

Continuity Clinics
  1. Categorical residents will be assigned to a single attending physician or clinic for the duration of their internal medicine residency.
  2. Residents will attend 5 GIM Continuity Clinics and 3 longitudinal subspecialty clinics every Y week.
  3. Residents have a panel of 105 patients to evaluate and manage in the attendings office under the direct supervision of their attending physician.
  4. With supervision of the attending physician, each resident will provide all ongoing care to patients seen by him/her in the ambulatory clinic, including all follow up of acute or chronic medical problems, preventative and maintenance health care, appropriate counseling of patients and families, and patient education.
  5. Telephone messages, prescription refills, lab reports, and emergency or after-hours care of residents' patients will be handled by the residents if possible. Residents should routinely check their EHR desktop for follow-up on patient labs and ancillary studies as available and call the patient. Inform the office nurse of your communications in a task.
  6. Each resident will be evaluated biannually by their faculty preceptor in the ambulatory setting.
  7. Absence from clinic will be permitted for vacations, educational leaves, illness or personal emergencies.Two of the three weeks of vacation will come during the Y week.

Training Sites

As an Internal Medicine Resident at SIU School of Medicine, your training will take place at our affiliated hospitals, Memorial Medical Center, St. Johns Hosptial and our own SIU Medicine Clinics. 

Memorial Medical Center

St. John's Hospital

SIU Medicine