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Division of Medicine Psychiatry

Frequently Asked Questions

Positions Offered

Two PGY I combined medicine-psychiatry positions are offered per year.
Per the American Board of Internal Medicine and the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology advanced standing residents are only accepted at or prior to the PGY II year from within this program. Residents wishing to transfer from other programs can only be accepted at a PGY I level.  Approval of both Boards is necessary for acceptance and subsequent board eligibility.

Duration of Program: 5 years

Board Pass Rates

  • For the Department of Internal Medicine the 3 year rolling pass rate is 100%.
  • For the Department of Psychiatry the 3 year rolling pass rate is 100% of those taking the examination. Two residents in the last three years have chosen to not take the examination.

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.