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Match Day
Kruse News & Views
Oral cancer screenings
Group Quality
Colon cancer kits
Colon cancer course
Opioid crisis
SCOPE art & lit
Clinical open house
Teaching & Learning Symposium
Women's Power Lunch
Enos art reception
Team Science Grant
Junaia Carter MD 5K
Herb sale
Brain awareness
SIU Care-A-Van
PA blood drive & doll clinic
Employee of the Month
Honorable Mentions
New Faculty
Media coverage
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Match Day
10:30 am, Memorial Center for Learning and Innovation.
Follow the action on Facebook at facebook.com/siumed.edu.
3rd Rural Cancer Disparities Retreat
9:30 am - 2:30 pm. See article for more details.

3.20 - 3.29
Community Support Network Art Exhibit
Client-created works of art are on display in the Dean's Lobby, 801 N. Rutledge  
Building Our Children's Futures: A Multi-Disciplinary Conference to Address and Confront Child Poverty 
University of Illinois-Springfield. Speakers include Dr. Benard Dreyer, president of the American Academy of Pediatrics, and Linda Baker, former director of the Illinois Department of Human Services. Sponsors include SIU Carbondale's Paul Simon Public Policy Institute and SIU School of Medicine.
Student Rural Health Careers Forum
10 am - noon, SIU-Edwardsville, Morris University Center, Maple Rm. For more information, visit ilruralhealth.org.
Opioid Crisis Next Door: Prevention, Care and Treatment Programs for Rural Communities
8:30 am - 3 pm, Crowne Plaza. For more information, see the article.

SURS Retirement Counseling 
Appointments scheduled by SURS through Feb. 28 for anyone considering retirement within the next 4 years. To request a session, visit SURS' Instructions.

3.30 - 4.10
SCOPE Art Exhibit
Dean's Lobby, 801 N. Rutledge  

Junaia Carter, MD 5K
7:30 am registration, 8:30 am race, Washington Park. See article for details.
SCOPE Reception, noon, Pearson Museum, 801 N. Rutledge St., Springfield 
Trainee Research Symposium for Medical Student and Residents
8 am, South Auditorium, 801 N. Rutledge St., Springfield
8th Annual Symposium for Teaching and Learning
8 am - 3:30 pm, Memorial Center for Learning and Innovation, 228 W. Miller St., Springfield
Trainee Research Symposium for Graduate Students
10 am, Guyon Auditorium and Rotunda, Morris Library, Carbondale

4.24 - 4.28 
Training and Using Standardized Patients for Teaching and Assessment
SIU School of Medicine and Memorial Center for Learning and Innovation 

Women's Power Lunch
Doors open 11 am, lunch 11:45 am, President Abraham Lincoln Hotel, 701 E. Adams St., Springfield. Featuring comedian and ovarian cancer survivor Karen Mills. 

Mary Jo Davies, Office Manager, Alumni Affairs
Vivek Prakash, Statistical Research Specialist, Center for Clinical Research
Tina Coonrod-Neal, Medical Office Associate,
Keona Long, Clinic Nurse, and
Denean Vreeland, Medical Office Associate, all Internal Medicine
Jennifer Kirby, Laboratory Animal Caretaker, Laboratory Animal Medicine
Kelli Fickas, Medical Office Associate, OB-GYN
Amanda Coulter, Medical Insurance Assistant Manager, and
Stacey Ellinger, Medical Insurance Representative, both Patient Business Services
Jennifer Cummins, Clinic Nurse, and
Shelley Syrcle, LPN II, both Pediatrics
Courtney Hall, Public Information Specialist, Public Relations and Communications
Rebecca House, Certified Medical Assistant, Surgery  
Kathy Seevers, Clinic Nurse, Surgery - Decatur
Kevin Shepard, Information Technology Technical Associate, SIU HC Information Systems
Lindsey Faulkner, Information Technology Technical Associate, Telehealth Network & Programs  

Muranda Duff, Family and Community Medicine Decatur
Dawn Hattey, Family and Community Medicine Quincy
Juanita Graves-Noe and Shirley Thompson, Family and Community Medicine Springfield
Ellen Halcomb, Internal Medicine
Dianna Lindberg Doyle and Nicole Schreader, OB-GYN
Ellen Marr, Pediatrics 
Nicholas Eley, Surgery
A service awards dinner is held on the Carbondale campus every other year and honors employees who have celebrated milestone anniversaries during the previous two years.  Dr. Jerry Kruse celebrated with Carbondale staff at the Kokopelli Country Club on Tuesday, February 28.  
The following staff were honored for years of service.

25 Years of Service
Lisabeth Dilalla, PhD
Family and Community Medicine Carbondale
Kathleen Jones
Sarah Merideth
Curriculum Development Specialist
Education and Curriculum
Eric Niederhoffer, PhD
Associate Professor
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Crystal Null
Medical Education Program Coordinator
Family and Community Medicine Carbondale

20 Years of Service
Laurie Ryznyk
Associate Professor
FCM - Physician Assistant Program
15 Years of Service
Vicky Dasher
Office Support Specialist
Education and Curriculum
Lana Starnes
Information Technology Technical Associate
Information Systems/Carbondale
Elizabeth Yates
Medical Office Specialist
Family and Community Medicine Carbondale

10 Years of Service
Gabriele Hoffmann
Curriculum Development Specialist
Education and Curriculum
Prema Narayan, PhD
Associate Professor
Scott Schonewolf, DO
Assistant Professor
Family and Community Medicine Carbondale
April Strader, PhD
Associate Professor

20 Years of Service
Lydia Arbogast, PhD
Paula McNeill
Office Support Specialist
Education and Curriculum
Kyaw Naing, MD, PhD
Associate Professor
Family and Community Medicine Carbondale
15 Years of Service
Philip Jensik, PhD
Assistant Professor
Toby Jones
Microcomputer Support Specialist III
Information Systems
Cheri Kelly
Associate Professor
FCM - Physician Assistant Program
Peter Patrylo, PhD
Associate Professor
William Pierson, PhD
Assistant Professor
FCM - Physician Assistant Program
Thomas Shea
Office Support Specialist
10 Years of Service
Jenifer Chambless
Certified Physician Assistant
Family and Community Medicine Carbondale
Judith Davie, PhD
Associate Professor
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

(with anniversaries in January & February only)
30 Years of Service

James Ferraro, PhD
Associate Professor
(above left, with Dr. Kruse)

10 Years of Service

Rodney Weilbaecher, PhD
Research Assistant Professor
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
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It's Match Day! 
Match Day is the culmination of four challenging and arduous years, and, in some ways, is the most suspenseful day of the medical school experience. Students receive notice of their residency matches, beginning at 11 am. Watch it unfold LIVE on SIU Medicine's Facebook page or join us at the Memorial Center for Learning and Innovation. Arrive early to catch all the excitement!
The official match list will be posted with the Match Day press release here as soon as it is available.
For more information, visit siumed.edu/plastics.
News & Views with Kruse  
Dean and Provost Dr. Jerry Kruse will discuss the issues affecting SIU School of Medicine and outline what lies ahead at a series of spring talks. Come to one of these locations for some facts, some fun and a branded item or two.
 South Auditorium, 8 am, Tuesday, April 4 (+videoconf. to Carbondale - Lindegren Hall, Room 303; Springfield - 201 Madison, Rm 155; and Decatur, Carbondale & Quincy FCM sites)
● French Auditorium, Carbondale, 3:30 pm, Wednesday, April 5
Bunn Auditorium, 8 am, Wednesday, April 12
South Auditorium, 10 am, Thursday, April 13 (+
videoconf. to 201 Madison, Rm 155) 
Do you have a topic you'd like the Dean to discuss? Send a question, an item or a list of items that you would like to have him explore or explain to pr@siumed.edu. All suggestions will be kept anonymous unless you note otherwise. Please send your topic ideas by March 27th.
Free oral cancer screenings at SCI  
Getting screened for head and neck cancer is as simple as opening your mouth and sticking out your tongue.
The easy, painless five-minute exam will be offered free at Simmons Cancer Institute (SCI) at Southern Illinois University Medicine from 4:30 - 6 pm on Monday, April 3, and Monday April 24 at SCI, 315 W. Carpenter St., Springfield.
Appointments for the free screening can be made by calling 217-545-7493 from 8 am to 4:30 pm weekdays. (more)
Group Quality nominations sought 
SIU Medicine is seeking nominations for the 12th annual Group Quality Award, which recognizes a group of  colors_people_group.jpg employees for outstanding contributions in delivering services or improving health outcomes or work processes. All of the School's staff and faculty are eligible for nomination. The winning team will be honored during Staff Appreciation Week in April and receive a $1,000 monetary award.
For more information about potential nominations, see the email sent by Stacy Burkett on February 7 on behalf of CMO Dr. Harald Lausen. Forms are available on the intranet site and should be submitted by Friday, March 31 to Darren Barnes.

Home test kits for colorectal cancer
The Regional Cancer Partnership of Illinois will distribute free colorectal cancer home test kits on several dates and locations during March to raise awareness about colorectal cancer.
Though the kits are not a specific test for colon cancer, they can detect the presence of blood, which can be an indicator of several different medical conditions.
The home screening is recommended for individuals who: 
   ● are age 50 and older
   ● have a history of colorectal polyps, inflammatory bowel 
   ● have a diet that is high in processed food and/or red meat 
   ● smoke
   ● are obese 
   ● have heavy alcohol use
Kits will be distributed at Simmons Cancer Institute, 315 W. Carpenter St. on Wednesday, March 22, 11 am - 1 pm, and Thursday, March 23, 7:30 - 9:30 am. A complete list of distribution locations is here. For more information, call Celeste Wiley, MMC's Cancer Center, 217-757-7684. 
Continuing education: 
Free colon cancer course
The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) released its 2016 Recommendation Statement for colorectal cancer screening, an update of the 2008 USPSTF recommendation. Learn about the new recommendations in a free continuing education opportunity that provides guidance and tools for clinicians on optimal ways to implement screening for colorectal cancer, to help ensure that patients receive maximum benefit. There are two versions of this course: one for primary care providers and one for clinicians who perform colonoscopies. Continuing education is available for both versions.
Treating the 'Opioid Crisis Next Door' Mar. 29
A workshop is planned to help increase awareness of the rapidly growing problem of opioid and heroin use in rural communities and the lack of community response. It's designed for health care professionals, policy makers, law enforcement, community coalitions and concerned citizens. "Opioid Crisis Next Door: Prevention, Care and Treatment for Substance Use Disorders" runs from 8:30 am to 3 pm, March 29, at the Crowne Plaza, 3000 S. Dirksen Parkway, Springfield.
Speakers will focus on the care and treatment of patients with opioid and other substance use disorders, substance use recovery programs, chronic pain management, medical provider response and behavioral health challenges for counselors.
The workshop is sponsored by the Illinois Department of Public Health's Center for Rural Health; the Illinois Health and Hospital Association; the Illinois Prescription Monitoring Program; SIU Medicine's Center for Rural Health and Social Service Development; and the Illinois Critical Access Hospital Network (ICAHN). 
For more information or to register, visit the events section of icahn.org. The deadline to register is Friday, March 24. For questions, contact Stephanie Cartwright or call 815.875.2999.
SCOPE luncheon & art exhibit
The 2017 edition of SIU's literary arts magazine SCOPE will debut on April 10. It's produced each year by medical student volunteers and staff and filled with poetry, prose and art submitted by employees, students and family members from SIU Medicine. 
During the next two weeks you can celebrate the SCOPE launch at a pair of special events.
■ The SCOPE Art Exhibit will run from March 30 until noon April 10 in the Deanʹs Lobby, 801 N. Rutledge. Come browse and vote for a favorite painting, drawing or photo to receive the ʺPeopleʹs Choice Award.ʺ
The unveiling of the new issue will take place at noon on Monday, April 10, at the Pearson Museum. Everyone is invited, and light refreshments will be provided. Guests will hear readings and backstories from some of the artists featured in the new edition. 

openhouseClinical careers April 11
Know someone interested in a nursing, medical assisting or medical office position at SIU Medicine? Invite them to the clinical open house from 4 - 6 pm on Tuesday, April 11, at 327 W. Calhoun Ave. Representatives from a variety of departments and divisions, as well as benefits and employment counselors from the Office of Human Resources, will be available.

Careers at SIU Medicine 
Find your next career at SIU Medicine!
Coles County HS students preview med careers
Students from Charleston, Mattoon and Oakland High Schools, as well as many homeschooled students, have met monthly since September to learn from health care professionals in the Coles County area. SIU Medicine's Eastern regional office is now expanding its Health CareeRx Club program to include three more schools from Edgar and Cumberland Counties.
Pharmacists, chiropractors, family physicians, rural clinicians and pediatric nurse practitioners have shared their knowledge with the after-school learners. The March 27 program will feature a fly-in visit from the Effingham-based Air Evac Lifeteam at Sarah Bush Lincoln Hospital in Mattoon. The academic year will conclude in April with a health careers fair at Lake Land College. (more)
Teaching & Learning Symposium April 20
The Eighth Annual Symposium for Teaching and Learning will be held Thursday, April 20, at the MCLI, 228 W. Miller St. The day-long event begins at 8 am and includes presentations, panels and posters. A luncheon celebration will include recognition for SIU's Outstanding Educators. Proceedings will be simulcast to Lindegren Hall in Carbondale.
This year's keynote speaker is Sayra Cristancho, PhD (right), assistant professor at the Department of Surgery and a scientist in the Centre for Education Research & Innovation at Western University, London, Ontario. Her address is titled 'Untangling Complex Clinical Situations: A Case for Systems Thinking in Medical Education.'  
The event is sponsored by Departments of Medical Education, Psychiatry, Neurology, Internal Medicine, Family Medicine, Pharmacology, Residency Affairs and Medical Microbiology, Immunology and Cell Biology. Preregistration is required. Register online at siumed.edu/cpd. (Click 'Calendar/ Registration.') Questions? Call the CPD at 545-7711 .

Women's Power Lunch April 28
 Join us at the 8th annual Women's Power Lunch Against Cancer benefiting cancer research at Simmons Cancer Institute at SIU on April 28. This year's lunch features comedian and ovarian cancer survivor Karen Mills.
The power lunch will be held on Friday, April 28 at the President Abraham Lincoln Hotel, 701 E. Adams St., Springfield. Individual tickets are $50; tables of 10 are $500. Sponsorships are available by calling 217-545-3837 or registering online at siumed.edu/cancer. Registration and networking will begin at 11 am. Lunch will be served at 11:45 am. The Women's Power Lunch Against Cancer celebrates and encourages mutual support among women as primary health caregivers in our communities.
The SIU Compliance and Ethics Office
The Southern Illinois University Ethics Office provides leadership on ethics-related matters and ethical behavior in the workplace. Its goal is to advance and protect the University's mission and assist in creating an ethical working and learning environment for all.
Responsibilities of the University Ethics Officer include:
  • developing and/or administering annual ethics training
  • reviewing the Statement of Economic Interests forms for officers and certain other employees
  • providing guidance on interpretation and implementation of the State Officials and Employee Ethics Act (the Ethics Act)
All University employees are subject to the Ethics Act. It addresses such areas as prohibited political activity, gift bans, revolving door, ethics training, etc. 
If you have questions or believe the Ethics Act has been violated, please contact your campus ethics representative, Candice Long at 217-545-7479 or the university system Ethics Office at 618-536-3461. If you prefer anonymity, use the toll free hotline at 844-597-6463.
Michelle Taylor
Executive Director of Compliance and Ethics, SIU  

Neighborhood artists celebrated
The Enos Student Art Exhibit concluded on March 2 with a fun reception for the artists and their families in the Dean's Lobby.
Dr. Erik Constance, Student Affairs, presented certificates to the children, with assistance from Enos art teacher Tricia Sennings and Principal Claudia Johnson. Refreshments and kudos were shared with the young artists, as well as some words of encouragement from former Enos Elementary student
Aliza Hasan, now a second-year med student at SIU.
See more photos at Zenfolio.




Call for Team Science Grant Applications
Simmons Cancer Institute seeks to fund research proposals led by clinician-basic scientist teams that focus on translational cancer research. The main objective of the awards is to stimulate novel and highly integrative translational cancer research programs that synergize the expertise of clinicians and basic scientists. Two Team Science Grants are planned to be funded, contingent upon quality of applications and availability of SCI research funds. Cancer-oriented clinicians and basic scientist faculty from the Springfield and Carbondale campuses are eligible to apply.
The application process begins with a Letter of Intent (due March 20), with full applications due April 25. Funded projects are anticipated to begin July 1.
To see the full call for applications with additional eligibility criteria, expectations, and form pages, visit the SCI Team Science Grant webpage. 
Bucks SA, Cox BC, Vlosich BA, Manning JP, Nguyen TB and Stone JS. Supporting cells remove and replace sensory receptor hair cells in a balance organ of adult mice. eLife 2017.  6:e18128

Dr. Stephen Stone, Internal Medicine, presented "Off Label But Not Off the Wall" in the symposium Pearls: Diagnostic and Therapeutic at the American Academy of Dermatology Annual Meeting in Orlando on March 6.




raceRegister for the Junaia Carter, MD 5K 
The Junaia P. Carter, MD, 5K will be held Saturday, April 8, in Washington Park, Springfield. This 23rd annual event, formerly the AMA 5K, benefits M.E.R.C.Y. Communities, a nonprofit organization that provides support to homeless and low-income families. The run is organized by a committee of SIU medical students in honor of the late Dr. Junaia Carter, Class of 2010. Register online for $20 or at the event at 7:30 am for $25; the race starts at 8:30 am. Awards will be given to top finishers and winners in multiple age groups.
It's time to think spring, gardeners! The Civil Service Council has a great selection of 4½" potted herbs and plants for sale. 
Back by popular demand are the one gallon Big Boy and Red Grape variety tomatoes. Herb and tomato bedding plants are available for $6 each or any five plants for $25. New this year: chives and dill. Also available are Lady Bell peppers and cucumbers for $3.50 each or 2 for $6.
All bedding plants must be ordered by April 4; delivery is April 10 in the courtyard of 801 N. Rutledge. Hanging baskets of assorted varieties will also be available on April 10 only and cannot be pre-ordered. The 10" baskets will be available for $15 each.
Everyone who pre-orders is registered to win a gardening gift basket. Consider ordering additional plants to donate to the Springfield Community Garden!
Plants are supplied by Shelby County Community Services Greenhouse and sales support the Civil Service Council's scholarship program. Visit the Council's website for full details and order forms -- and get some green into your garden.




Pharmacology graduate students visited Franklin Middle School for Brain Awareness Day on March 7. The event promotes the mission of the DANA Foundation to educate the public about the importance and potential of brain research. The grad students -- Sarah Sottile (pictured), Jesse Britz, Asmita Dhukhwa, Sumana Ghosh, Srinivasa Kommajosyula, Vikrant Borse, Melissa McGovern and Yufang Yin -- did some dissection, instruction and serious science Q&A with the young learners.
For 20 years SIU has partnered with the foundation to bring brain awareness to local youth, and during the last 13 years they have annually hosted an event at Franklin.

The SIU Care-A-Van has been working with ECHO Alternative School to implement several innovative programs to increase community visibility and interaction with students. The Care-a-Van recently hosted an "Ask-A-Counselor" assembly about mental health and wellness. Students submitted anonymous questions and comments before the presentation, and answers were provided at the assembly. This was a great way for students to receive specific information about mental health concerns and have a lively discussion.
The Care-A-Van also helped organize a school presentation with SIT Service Dogs. SIT (Support & Independence through Teamwork) trains and places service and therapy dogs with people who have physical disabilities, hosts educational classes and has a Canine Therapy Program for people living in residential programs.

Phase I students Aniecia Hicks, Natalie Ritzheimer, Alexis Logan and Sarah Asaturian
The Physican Assistant Program in Carbondale coordinated a spring blood drive with the American Red Cross on Feb. 24. Two weeks later, PA students "treated" approximately 100 doll patients, along with their toddler parents, at the 5th annual Doll Clinic, held at Head Start in Carbondale under the supervision of Molly Johnson. The toddlers learned about healthy eating, seat belt safety and the importance of physical activity.
(more in Media Update)


Employee of the Month
Kacie Wyatt is the March Civil Service Employee of the Month. She is an office support assistant in the Department of Internal Medicine. Her nominator said: "Kacie has gone above and beyond to assist the leadership team, department managers, staff, providers and patients. She helped the leadership team develop an orientation packet for onboarding staff to ensure that they are properly informed and oriented. She has helped to improve work-flow, ... does all her work with a smile, never complains and is extremely helpful to everyone. Kacie is invaluable to our team; her work ethic and dedication do not go unnoticed."
Kacie answered some questions for our profile. 
1. How long have you worked at the School?   
     1.5 years
2. What do you like best about your job?
     Problem solving. With our team the end result is always positive!
3. Describe yourself in three words.
     Passionate, organized, silly
4. What is the most interesting job you've had?
     I worked in a bakery baking cakes and delivering wedding cakes. The job was unusual, interesting and nerve-wracking!
5. What is your favorite thing to do away from work?
     I had a baby in January. My favorite thing to do is play with him and enjoy time with my husband.
6. What's one thing your co-workers might not know about you?
      I love fresh cut flowers and working in my garden.
7. What's the last good show you saw?
     My mom and I went to Chicago to see 2 Cellos. Look them up! Great talent and music.
8. What is your favorite meal?
      Homemade lasagna with a garden salad with a vinaigrette dressing.
9. What's something that you wish you could do?
     I wish I could travel through Italy. My great grandpa was from there and I would love to see it.
10. Have you ever contracted March Madness?
     I have no idea what March Madness is, but I have spring fever!

Harbingers of Good Will
Ruta Kulys, Psychiatry; Kathleen Bottum, Internal Medicine; and Cindy Yergler, Internal Medicine - "Served as panel members in a staff education program for the Department of Internal Medicine entitled 'Stress Management: Practical Skills for Everyday.' They took time out of their busy schedules to present their valuable insight. It is obvious that they are passionate about the health and wellness of others. Their contributions and expertise helped make the program a success."
Dawn Childress, Human Resources - "When I called over to Human Resources for some information in my personnel file, Dawn assisted me with what I was looking for. She is a great addition to the staff!"
Reba Warren, Patient Business Services - "goes above and beyond helping patients get their insurance billing fixed. She has spent several hours on the phone with Coventry and with a patient's guarantor to help get a baby's complicated insurance situation figured out. She has even asked the insurance company to do a conference call including the insurance company, the guarantor and herself to get this problem taken care of, and help get the baby's extensive bills paid."
Laurie Foster, SIU HealthCare Core - "always approaches patients and coworkers with the utmost respect and compassion. She displays empathy and is relentless in finding possible solutions to identified problems."

Honorable mentions
Dr. Susan Hingle, Internal Medicine, has been selected as the recipient of the 2017 CDIM Ruth-Marie Fincher, MD, Service Award. The award will be presented at the Academic Internal Medicine Member Recognition and Awards Lunch and Plenary Session on March 21 at the Convention Center in Baltimore, MD. 

Laurie Dunn-Ryznyk, an associate professor in the Physician's Assistant Program in Carbondale, is one of the recipients of the 2017 University Women's Professional Advancement Mentorship Awards. She will be recognized at the 21st Annual Celebrate Women Reception and Award Ceremony on March 30 in Guyon Auditorium.

Dr. Stephen Stone, Internal Medicine, was awarded honorary membership in the American Academy of Dermatology at the annual AAD Meeting on March 3.



Jesse Buedefeldt, MD, has joined the faculty as an assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology. He received his medical degree in Albany, New York at Albany Medical College and completed his residency at SIU School of Medicine. 
Jongjin "Anne" Thomson, MD, has joined the SIU faculty as an assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology.  She is a member of SIU OB-GYN at HSHS St. John's Health Center in Springfield.  Before joining SIU, Thomson earned her medical degree at the University of Utah School of Medicine. She completed her residency at SIU School of Medicine.
Nazia Kulsum-Mecci, MD, has joined the SIU faculty as an assistant professor in the Division of Pediatric Nephrology.  She is a member of SIU Pediatrics in Springfield.  She received her medical degree from Bangalore Medical College and Research Institute in Bangalore, India. Her residency was completed at the State University of New York Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn. Kulsum-Mecci served her fellowship at St. Louis's Children Hospital at Washington University in Missouri. 
M. Farooq Ahamed, MD, has joined the faculty as an assistant professor of neonatology. He formerly served as an assistant professor of clinical pediatrics with SIU School of Medicine. Currently, he is a member of SIU Pediatrics in Springfield. He earned his medical degree at Ramaiah Medical College in Bangalore, India. He completed his residency at Flushing Memorial Medical Center, and completed his fellowship with Albert Einstein College of Medicine at Montefiore Medical Center. Ahamed also was a house officer in Cardiac ICU at Wockhardt Hospital in Bangalore, India.  

Michelle Gates, PhD, has joined the SIU faculty as an assistant professor of psychiatry. She is a member of SIU Psychiatry at the Simmons Cancer Institute in Springfield. She received her master's degree in counseling psychology at Texas Tech University in Lubbock.  Gates completed an onco-psychology fellowship at the University of Kansas Medical Center in Kansas City, Missouri.   
Media coverage 3.1.17 - 3.14.17 
According to the State Journal-Register, state regulators have approved the building of a medical office building for HSHS St. John's and SIU Medicine physicians specializing in pediatrics and women's health, 3.14.17. An earlier article covered the proposal, 3.11.17. 
Dr. Michael Kim, Internal Medicine, shared heart health advice with WTAX, 3.14.17.
 The Journal-Courier reported that Dr. Jan Rakinic, Surgery, will present a community health talk on colorectal cancer on March 31, 3.13.17.  Dr. Rakinic also spoke with WTAX about colorectal cancer treatment options, 3.2.17.    
According to WAND, free home tests for colorectal cancer are available at three area locations throughout March, 3.10.17.
PA student Michel Szypulinski tends to a patient at the doll clinic.
Physician assistant program student Adam Guss spoke with the Daily Egyptian about the benefits of the program's Doll Clinic, an event aimed at making children more comfortable with doctor visits, 3.8.17. Alexandra Spillman and Molly Johnson, APN, PA Program professor, also spoke about the Doll Clinic with WSIL TV, and The Southern shared photos, 3.8.17. 
The Whig reported that ThinkFirst at SIU Medicine is partnering with Blessing Hospital to provide a seminar on brain injury prevention and recovery for health care providers, people with brain injuries and their caregivers on March 23, 3.8.17. 
SIU Medicine is partnering with the Logan County Department of Public Health and the Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital to open a new medical center in Lincoln, reports WAND, 3.8.17. 
Dean and Provost Jerry Kruse, MD, spoke with KRCU Public Radio and KWMU Public Radio about the effects of Trump's immigration policies on the doctor shortage, 3.8.17.
Dr. Kruse and Dr. Vidya Sundareshan, Internal Medicine, also spoke about the effects of the immigration policy with "The 21st" on WILL Public Radio, 3.8.17.
MedCity News shared herpes research by Bill Halford, PhD, MMICB, labeling it a case study in pharma deregulation, 3.1.17. 

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