The Department of Medicine at SIU-SM was founded in 1972 with a small complement of full-time faculty and a heavy reliance on community teachers. Today, the department has 66 full-time M.D. and nine Ph.D. faculty providing service in all areas of the mission of SIU School of Medicine. Our early faculty had a strong interest in education, and established a legacy of high quality, pioneering educational effort that continues in the Department to the present.
The Department plays a major role in the Undergraduate Medical Education curriculum with many of our faculty having leadership positions on committees that develop the medical student experience. Our residency program is known for its innovative problem-based learning and is one of the 17 charter programs involved in the Educational Innovation Project under the auspice of the RRC. In addition to our pre-lim and categorical program, the Department has a Dermatology residency program and a combined Medicine-Psychiatry 5 year program. We currently have three accredited fellowship programs (Endocrinology, Infectious Diseases, and Pulmonary/Critical Care) and hope to open programs in Gastroenterology and Hematology/Oncology within the next year.
The Department is proud of the achievements made in the research arena by our faculty. Dr. Adrzej Bartke, Ph.D. is known world-wide for his NIH research with mutant dwarf mice in studying caloric restriction and its affect on longevity. Many more are involved in research projects spanning the full spectrum of medicine.
The Department strives to provide excellent patient care in our clinics and in the hospital serving the central and southern Illinois area. We offer the full range of clinical care for all subspecialties as well as primary care. The Simmons Cancer Institute at SIU offers a state-of-the art facility with a multidisciplinary approach covering all aspects of care for the cancer patient. We have a growing hospitalist program that serves two community hospitals. Our faculty and staff are heavily involved in quality improvement initiatives in the clinic and hospital setting by participating and chairing various school-wide and hospital committees on QA/QI.
In short, the Department of Medicine is a small but dynamic department made up of dedicated employees who work tirelessly in achieving the mission of the medical school.