SIU School of Medicine

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Department of Internal Medicine

"I chose SIU for the location and because the faculty are great at teaching." - Whitney Luke, Resident

"I chose to do my residency at SIU because of the quality of the residency program. The residents, attendings, and curriculum are outstanding. It is also a bonus to spend my first year of residency in a quality IM program here at SIU." - Chadd Sukut, Dermatology Resident


Of the 11 preliminary medicine positions, we offer:

  • 3 linked to the SIU Radiology residency,
  • 2 linked to the SIU Dermatology residency,
  • 2 linked to the SIU Neurology residency, and
  • 4 freestanding positions for residents seeking an advanced standing position elsewhere

We offer a solid preliminary medicine residency which will prepare you for any of the advanced standing programs. Our Preliminary Medicine residents are treated similarly to those in the categorical medicine residents. Their rotations are similar with the possibility of scheduling a 1-month elective to coincide with ultimate career goals. The first year typically includes:

  1. General internal medicine (5 months)
  2. Intensive care unit (1 month)
  3. Emergency medicine (1 month)
  4. Inpatient nephrology (1 month)
  5. Pulmonary, GI, ID (1 month each)
  6. Ambulatory medicine

For those who are interested in one of the linked positions, an ERAS application should be submitted to the “home department”. It is not necessary to interview with the Department of Medicine, but you are certainly welcome to visit the Medicine program on your interview day if you wish. Please discuss this with the Residency Coordinator in the home program in order to coordinate this visit. Applicants interested in the freestanding preliminary medicine positions should submit their ERAS application to the department of Medicine.

For more information on our programs send and e-mail to Catherine Brower

Categorical Program

First Year:
PGY 1 residents provide patient care in inpatient and outpatient settings under supervision by senior residents and clinical faculty. Rotations include:

  1. General internal medicine (5 months)
  2. Intensive care unit (1 month)
  3. Emergency medicine (1 month)
  4. Ambulatory medicine (1 month)
  5. Inpatient nephrology (1 month)
  6. Pulmonary, GI, ID (1 month each)

Second Year:
PGY 2 residents obtain advanced training in
internal medicine subspecialties and in the intensive care unit. They also provide back up nighttime call in hospitals on an occasional basis. Rotations in the second year include:

  1. A month each of nine selected subspecialties, including rheumatology, endocrinology, hematology-oncology, neurology and cardiology.
  2. Intensive care unit (3 months)
  3. 2 months Wards Back-up, Supervisory role
  4. Elective (1 month)
  5. Hem-Path (1 month)

Third Year:
PGY 3 residents assume added responsibility as supervisors and teachers on the general medicine and intensive care services. Additional rotations are available in other related fields such as neurology, gynecology, orthopedics, or dermatology. The senior year schedule includes:

  • General internal medicine supervisor (5 months)
  • Intensive care unit supervisor (1 month)
  • Ambulatory medicine (1 month)
  • Emergency medicine (1 month)
  • Elective time (2 months)
  • Pulmonary, GI or ID (2 months)

Continuity Clinics:
Throughout the residency, residents will participate in continuity clinics on a one half-day per week basis, working in our internal medicine clinic with experienced general internists on the SIU full-time faculty.

Research opportunities are available to residents, with introduction of opportunities to first-year residents midway into their first year, and coordination of research interests and faculty mentors thereafter. Research elective months can be arranged during the second or third year.

Our formal didactic curriculum continues through the entire three-year residency and includes an exceptional series of Grand Rounds; a formal board review course with an extensive collection of practice questions; an evidenced-based journal club; weekly ambulatory conference, and related topics to round out a resident’s education.

"Well structured and one of the few programs which offers a Med/Psych program. Excellent training in Med/Psych program and teaching." - Syed Hashmi, Med/Psych Resident

"The training environment at SIU is very friendly. Also, it is one of the few places with a strong IM/Psych program." - Ani Annamalai, Med/Psych Resident

Medicine/Psychiatry Residency

Please visit the Med/Psych website for additional information.