SIU School of Medicine

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Department of Internal Medicine

SIU had two great teaching hospitals – Memorial Medical Center and St. John’ Hospital offering University-based state-of-the-are 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. 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
    Resident in Clinic 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.

PRACTICE PROFILE

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 185,000 people in the Springfield service region. They also offer secondary, tertiary, and quaternary service to our entire referral region which includes more than 1.5 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.

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