MD/JD DUAL DEGREE PROGRAM
SIU MD/JD Student Named Fulbright Scholar
[photo by Jason Johnson/State Journal-Register]
Congratulations to MD/JD student Sameer Vohra for being the first SIU School of Medicine attendee to be awarded a Fulbright Scholarship.
Congratulations to Matthew Ashley, M.D., J.D.; Adam McLaughlin, M.D., J.D.; and Elizabeth Valencia, M.D., J.D.
SIU Schools of Medicine and Law Class of 2009
Left to right, Dean Peter Alexander, SIU School of Law, Matthew Ashley, M.D., J.D. (Class of 2009), and Dean Kevin Dorsey, SIU School of Medicine.
Left to right, Dean Peter Alexander, SIU School of Law, Adam McLaughlin, M.D., J.D. (Class of 2009), and Dean Kevin Dorsey, SIU School of Medicine.
Left to right, Dean Peter Alexander, SIU School of Law, Elizabeth Valencia, M.D., J.D. (Class of 2009), and Dean Kevin Dorsey, SIU School of Medicine. Congratulations to Dr. Valencia on being the student recipient of the 2009 Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Award.
(Thanks to Dean Williams Photography, Springfield, Illinois, for permission to use the above photographs.)
MD/JD DUAL DEGREE PROGRAM OVERVIEW
Recognizing the heightened level of
interaction between the professions of law and medicine in today's
society, Southern Illinois University Schools of Medicine and Law
offer an M.D./J.D. dual degree program to accommodate the increasing
number of individuals seeking a carefully structured interdisciplinary
education. The dual degree program is designed to lead to the concurrent
award of degrees in law and medicine at the completion of a unique
six-year program involving academic and clinical study.
CURRICULUM DESIGN AND PROGRAM CONTENT
The S.I.U. program requires students
to spend their first year at the School of Law in Carbondale, where
they will complete 31 credit hours of prescribed first-year course
work. Students then will enroll in the law school summer session
and complete at least six credit hours of advanced course work.
During the second academic year, students
will continue in Carbondale as
full-time law students, completing an additional 33 credit hours
of course work (including required courses) with concentration in
health law. Enrollment in a second summer session will be required,
during which time students will complete at least six credit hours
of course work. This session may include legal research and clinical
experience in state or federal agencies or private not-for-profit
organizations involved in health policy development, regulation
of public health or the activities of the medical profession.
Students will spend their third academic
year enrolled as freshmen in the School of Medicine in Carbondale,
where they will complete all requirements of the first year of the
medical school curriculum. Students then will move to Springfield,
where they will continue as full-time medical students, completing
the sophomore and junior years of the curriculum.
During the senior year of medical school,
students will be required to take a specially designed set of law,
medicine, and health policy electives lasting 14 weeks, full-time.
In completing degree requirements for both the M.D. and J.D. degrees,
this 14-week elective sequence will serve to fulfill 14 credit hours
of course work required for attainment of the J.D. degree and 14
weeks of elective course work required for attainment of the M.D.
ADMISSION QUALIFICATIONS AND PROCEDURES
Students seeking to enroll in the
M.D./J.D. program are required to meet the admission standards established
separately by the School of Law and the School of Medicine. Application
to each of these schools is an independent process and students
must ensure timely completion and submission of separate applications
to the School of Medicine and the School of Law. Admitted students
will fill a limited number of places available in the dual degree
program. To be competitive, applicants to the School of Medicine
should present better than a B grade point average and competitive
MCAT scores. Law school applicants generally should present better
than a B grade point average and a score in at least the 60th percentile
on the LSAT. Interested students should request application materials
from the Director of Admissions (School of Medicine) and the Assistant
Dean for Admissions and Student Affairs (School of Law). Out-of-state
applicants are encouraged to apply.
RECENT MD/JD PROGRAM NEWS
Candidate for dual degree enjoys challenge, July 2007
ADDITIONAL PROGRAM INFORMATION
For further information regarding the
M.D./J.D. dual degree program, correspondence should be directed
to either of the following faculty members:
School of Medicine
Ross Silverman, J.D., M.P.H., Associate Professor of Medical Humanities , SIU School of Medicine,
and Associate Professor of Medical Jurisprudence, SIU School of Law, PO Box 19603, Springfield, Illinois 62974-9603
School of Law
W. Eugene Basanta, J.D., LL.M., Professor
of Law, Lesar Law Building, SIU School of Law, Carbondale, Illinois
618.536.7711, 800.739.9187. www.law.siu.edu