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Medical Students Working with Local Physicians

July 11, 2018

Family physicians in seven Illinois communities are hosting students from Southern Illinois University School of Medicine July 9 – August 3. 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 an office 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 2020, then pursue advanced training in a specific area of medicine before beginning practice. Since 1981, 2,583 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, 2,890 physicians have earned SIU medical degrees. For information, call SIU’s main number, 217-545-8000, or visit

Preceptor Students

Joshua Brandon, son of Michael and Mary Ann Brandon of Carrier Mills, is the guest of James Alexander, MD, at Harrisburg Medical Center.

Marlon Brown II, son of Rita Scott and Joseph Scott of Olympia Fields, is the guest of Jeffrey Parks, MD, at Logan Primary Care in Herrin.

Jonathan Day, son of Richard and Jane Bechtold-Day of St. Elmo, is the guest of Christopher Martinek, MD, at Springfield Clinic Wabash. 

Zachary Gao, son of Zhenqiang and Zhiping Gao of Springfield, is the guest of the Quincy Residency Program.

Kyle Gollon, son of Jeff and Cheryl Gollon of East Moline, is the guest of James Petre, MD, of Stone Ridge Medical Group in East Moline.

Ben Hauter, son of Dr. Dru and Dr. Marcia Hauter of Kenney, is the guest of Amir Wahab, MD, at MPS Family Medical Center in Lincoln.

Abigail Levy, daughter of Rene Levy of Steger and Michelle Fouche-Levy of Carbondale, is the guest of Clyde Dayhoff, DO, with the Medical Group of Kankakee County in Bradley.

Note: Pictures of the students are available upon request from