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Division of Medicine Psychiatry

Frequently Asked Questions

Positions Offered

Two PGY I combined Medicine/Psychiatry (Med/Psych) positions are offered per year.

Due to the small number of Med/Psych programs nationally, applicants are encouraged to apply to both categorical and combined programs. SIU is happy to accept applicants to 2 or 3 of these programs within our institution.

Per the American Board of Internal Medicine and the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, categorical Medicine or Psychiatry residents can transfer into the Med/Psych program at or before the PGY II level if there is an opening. This is easiest if the resident is from SIU.  Approval of both Boards is necessary for acceptance and subsequent board eligibility.

Duration of Program: 5 years

Patient Population

Primary service area is Springfield and its neighboring towns (population 150,000). Additional referral areas include Central and Southern Illinois (population 2,000,000). This area provides patient care for all socioeconomic, racial, gender and age groups.

Affiliated Hospitals (click for details)

  • St. John's Hospital (755 beds)
  • Memorial Medical Center (600 beds)


While on various rotations in Internal Medicine, the resident will be provided ample opportunity to gain experience in a variety of procedures (Biopsy, central venous catheter placement, bone marrow, lumbar puncture, chest tube insertion, flexible sigmoidoscopy, liver biopsy, Swan-Ganz catheter placement, temporary pacemaker placement and others).  During the care of psychiatric patients, one will gain proficiency in the use of ECT. 

Library Facilities

  • SIU School of Medicine Library; open 90 hours per week
  • Affiliated hospital libraries; available 24 hours per day
  • Photocopying, Medline searches, videotape and audio tape loans are available.

Visas Offered

  • Foreign national physicians must possess a work visa at the start of the training year, typically June 26th
  • Only J-1 visas through ECFMG sponsorship are supported by the University.