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September

Center for Family Medicine Opens Expanded Clinic (9/29/16) --The purple and green walls at the SIU Center for Family Medicine in Springfield speak to the patients with quotes such as “An Apple a Day Keeps the Doctor Away” and “Did you know that skin is the largest organ?” [patient care] 

SIU Clinical Open House Set for Nov. 16 (9/28/16) --Those interested in nursing, medical assisting and medical office positions are invited to an open house from 4 to 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 16. Southern Illinois University School of Medicine in Springfield is sponsoring the event. [patient care] 

Medical Students Working with Local Physicians (9/27/16) --Family physicians in eight Illinois communities are hosting students from Southern Illinois University School of Medicine September 27 – October 20. The students are participating in the school’s Family Medicine Preceptorship Program. [patient care][education] 

Mammogram Mondays Return in October for Uninsured Women (9/22/16) -- Free mammograms for uninsured and under-insured women ages 40 and older will again be available on Mondays in October, thanks to a grant obtained by the Regional Cancer Partnership of Illinois (RCPIL). Mammograms will be available at three area locations. [patient care] 

SIU Clinical Trial to Test Alzheimer’s Disease Treatment (9/19/16) -- Do you know someone who is agitated due to his or her Alzheimer’s disease? Researchers at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine are conducting a clinical trial to test the effectiveness of a treatment for the agitation that often accompanies Alzheimer’s disease (AD). [research]

Physician Pipline Program Prepares Students to Succeed (9/16/16) -- A graduate of the high school P4 program is now returning to SIU School of Medicine to apply as a medical student. [community]

Dr. Debra Klamen Continues SIU's Innovation in Med Education (9/16/16) -- Now a Senior Associate Dean for Education and Curriculum, Dr. Klamen adds to her plate responsibilities to oversee the medical library, the Department of Information Resources and the Office of Continuing Professional Development.[honor]

Women's Health Trends Focus of SIU Conference (9/15/16) -- Health care professionals, including primary care physicians and midlevel providers, who have an interest in women’s health are invited to attend the 14th Annual Women’s Health Conference from 7:45 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 5, at the Memorial Center for Learning and Innovation, 228 W. Miller St., Springfield. [patient care]

New SIU Population Science and Health Program Aims for Solutions (9/13/16) -- Studies show that health care professionals affect about 20 percent of health outcomes.   The other 80 percent depends mostly on physical and emotional environment and on individual health behaviors. [patient care]

Free Prostate Cancer Screenings Available Sept. 26 (9/12/16)--It’s Prostate Cancer Awareness Month. The Regional Cancer Partnership of Illinois (RCPIL) will provide free prostate cancer screenings from 5 -7 p.m. on Monday, September 26, at the Sangamon County Department of Public Health, 2833 S. Grand Ave. East, Springfield. [patient care]

August

August 31 - Denim & Diamonds Fundraiser Set for Oct. 15 -- Simmons Cancer Institute (SCI) at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine will host its annual “Denim & Diamonds” fundraiser Saturday, October 15. [patient care][research]

August 30 - Medical Students Working with Local Physicians -- Family physicians in 10 Illinois communities are hosting students from Southern Illinois University School of Medicine August 29 – September 23. The students are participating in the school’s Family Medicine Preceptorship Program. [education][patient care]

August 30 - MEDPREP Students Begin Studies at SIU Med School -- Thirty-two students took their first steps in the journey to becoming a doctor at the Shirley J. McGlinn Medical/Dental Education Preparatory Program (MEDPREP) Milestone Ceremony on Sunday, Aug. 28. [education][patient care]

August 29 - NIH Grant Will Aid SIU Breast Cancer Research -- SIU research scientist Sophia Ran, PhD, is working to stop the spread of breast cancer. [patient care][research]

August 26 - Surviving Cancer: It Takes a Village - Simmons Cancer Institute hosts 15th annual cancer symposium on Friday, September 16. [education][patient care][community]

August 25 - Fertility & IVF Center to Celebrate Sixth Birthday - More than 1,750 babies have been born with help from The Fertility and IVF Center at SIU School of Medicine. The Center will hold its sixth annual birthday party for its children, parents and families on Sunday, Sept. 11. [patient care]

August 24 - Eight Minority Students Begin Studies at SIU School of Medicine -- Eight minority medical students in the Class of 2020 began their medical training last week at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine in Carbondale. [education]

August 23 - SIU Med School Physician Pipeline Program Now Accepting Applications -- Springfield area high school freshmen interested in becoming doctors are invited to take their career explorations one step further. Southern Illinois University School of Medicine, Springfield Public Schools (SPS) and the Sangamon County Medical Society are now accepting applications for the Physician Preparatory Pipeline Program (P4). [education]

August 22 - SIU Scientist Examining Environmental Effects on Longevity -- Andrzej Bartke, PhD, professor of internal medicine and medical microbiology at SIU School of Medicine, has received a National Institute on Aging (NIA) grant to fund studies to explore the effects of temperature on longevity. [research]

August 19 - Med School Welcomes Class of 2020 -- Medical students in the Class of 2020 at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine began their medical training this month at SIU in Carbondale. The students participated in a “White Coat Ceremony” on Friday, August 12, in Shryock Auditorium. [education]

August 12 - Students to Begin Training at SIU School of Medicine -- Medical students in the Class of 2020 at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine began their medical training this week at SIU in Carbondale. The students will participate in a “White Coat Ceremony” at 3 p.m. Friday, August 12, in Shryock Auditorium. [education]

August 9 - SIU Physician Assistant Program Graduates 35 -- The Physician Assistant Program at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine graduated 35 physician assistants during a ceremony on August 6, 2016, at SIU Carbondale. The class earned a Master’s of Science in Physician Assistant Studies (MSPA). [education]

August 8 - SIU Center for Family Medicine Receives Federal Certification -- SIU Center for Family Medicine, a Federally Qualified Health Center, has received citation-free certification from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Administration (HHS). As a result, the Center received a $2 million HRSA grant to cover some of the program’s operating costs. [patient care]

August 2 - SIU Physician Assistant Program Names "Preceptors of the Year" -- The Physician Assistant Program Class of 2016 at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine in Carbondale has selected nine central and southern Illinois physicians and Physician Assistants to receive the “Preceptor of the Year” award. [education]

August 1 - DoD Grant Boosts ALS and Dementia Drug Discovery Pipeline -- The viral “Ice Bucket Challenge” that encouraged participants to raise money and awareness for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) research has funded studies that led to a recent breakthrough: discovery of a new target gene common in more than 1,000 families with a history of ALS. [research]

August 1 - Medical Students Working with Local Physicians -- Family physicians in 10 Illinois communities are hosting students from Southern Illinois University School of Medicine August 1 – 26. The students are participating in the school’s Family Medicine Preceptorship Program. [education]

July

July 28 - It's Time for Back-to-school Physicals -- Children entering pre-k, kindergarten, 6th or 9th grade, or who are new to Springfield Public School District 186, are required to have school physicals and immunizations. [community]

July 25 - Think Differently: Federal Grant Kickstarts New SIU Training -- A five-year, $2 million grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Administration will support training to help health workers think differently by addressing various types of population health issues. [education]

July 22 - NIH Grant Aids SIU Hearing Research -- Brandon Cox, PhD has received a five-year grant from the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders within the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to investigate factors that regulate survival of hair cells in the context of aging, regeneration and ototoxic drug or noise exposure. [research]

July 18 - SIU Med School Joins National Precision Medicine Initiative -- Patients of SIU HealthCare will soon have the opportunity to participate in one of the largest prospective studies of health and illness ever attempted in the United States. [community] [research]

July 15 - SIU Family Medicine Recognized for Diabetes Education -- The Department of Family and Community Medicine at SIU School of Medicine has been awarded recognition from the American Diabetes Association for its diabetes self-management education program. [education]

July 8 - Medical Students Working with Local Physicians -- Family physicians in nine Illinois communities are hosting students from Southern Illinois University School of Medicine July 7 – 29. The students are participating in the school’s Family Medicine Preceptorship Program.[education]

July 6 - Clearer Views for Better Hearing -- Auditory researchers at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine have acquired a new microscope to enhance work in laboratories studying tinnitus (ringing in the ears) and hearing loss caused by toxins, noise exposure or aging. [research]

July 5 - Dr. Wesley Robinson-McNeese Named Associate Dean for Diversity and Inclusion -- Wesley Robinson-McNeese, MD, has been named Associate Dean for Diversity and Inclusion at SIU School of Medicine in Springfield. [honor]

 

June

June 30 - Illini Community Hospital Unveils Telehealth Services -- Patients in the Pittsfield area now have a new way to see the doctor: telehealth. Southern Illinois University School of Medicine’s Office of Telehealth and Clinical Outreach has brought virtual health care to patients of Illini Community Hospital. [patient care] [community]

June 30 - First-Year Med Students Name Alumus Mentor of the Year -- The first-year medical students at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine in Carbondale have named alumnus Nate Oldham, MD, the Mentor of the Year. [honor]

June 29 - Savvy Caregiver Program Supports Alzheimer's Families -- Caregivers of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia patients are invited to attend “The Savvy Caregiver,” a six-week class designed to equip family members and others for the caregiving role. [education] [community]

June 28 - Four College Students Land Competitive Internships at Simmons Cancer Institute -- Four undergraduate students were selected to intern at Simmons Cancer Institute at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine. The summer internships began June 1.[education]

June 23 - Pinckneyville Community Hospital Unveils Telehealth Services -- Patients in the Pinckneyville area now have a new way to see the doctor: telehealth. Southern Illinois University School of Medicine’s Office of Telehealth and Clinical Outreach has brought virtual health care to patients of Pinckneyville Community Hospital. [patient care][community]

June 23 - SIU Med Students Seek Answers to Tinnitus, Alzheimer's Disease -- Nine medical students are getting a look at life inside a research laboratory during a summer research program at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine.[education][research]

June 17 - Abused Children Get Second Chance - Children's Medical and Mental Health Resource Network trains 175+ patients through grants from SIU, Poshard Foundation. [patient care][community]

June 16 - Avengers Assemble at Camp COCO - The 31st annual Camp COCO (Children’s Oncology Camp Organization) will host 150 children with cancer and other blood disorders and their siblings during its one-week session June 26 – July 1. A project of Southern Illinois University School of Medicine in Springfield, the camp will be held at the Timber Pointe Outdoor Conference Center on Lake Bloomington. The theme for this year’s camp is “Camp COCO Superheroes.” [patient care][community]

June 16 - SIU Med School Students Select Teachers of the Year -- Two long-serving professors at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine in Carbondale have been recognized as Teachers of the Year by two classes of students. [honor]

June 8 - UIS and SIU School of Medicine Researchers to Collaborate on Important Health Research -- Seven faculty members from the University of Illinois Springfield and Southern Illinois University School of Medicine have been awarded grants from the Caryl Towsley Moy, PhD, Endowed Fund for Collaborative Research.[research]

June 7 - SIU Faculty, Student Receive Humanism, Teaching Awards -- As part of Southern Illinois University School of Medicine’s 2016 commencement, Erik Constance, MD, associate dean for student affairs and admissions and associate professor of internal medicine, Tracy Lower, MD, professor of pediatrics, and April McNeill, MD, a Class of 2016 graduate, received awards for teaching and humanism. [honor]

May

May 27 - Simmons Cancer Institute's 8th Annual Butterfly Release Set for June 25 -- Simmons Cancer Institute at SIU will hold its 8th Annual Butterfly Release at 10 a.m. on Saturday, June 25, in the Thomas Garden of Hope, Simmons Cancer Institute, 315 W. Carpenter St., Springfield. The public is invited to the free event.[community]

May 25 - Medical Students Working with Local Physicians -- Family physicians in eight Illinois communities are hosting students from Southern Illinois University School of Medicine May 25 – June 24. The students are participating in the school’s Family Medicine Preceptorship Program. [education]

May 24 - SIU Alumna Key in Reducing Worldwide HIV Spread -- The medical school has honored Elizabeth Montgomery Collins, MD, MPH, class of 1996, with its 2016 Distinguished Alumni Award. The annual award from the School’s Alumni Society Board of Governors recognizes outstanding contributions to medicine and distinguished service to humankind. [honor]

May 24 - Honor Medical Society Welcomes 14 New Members -- The Eta Chapter of Alpha Omega Alpha (AOA) Honor Medical Society at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine inducted 13 new members at its spring banquet held May 20 at Panther Creek Country Club in Springfield. [honor]

May 23 - SIU School of Medicine Confers Degrees to Medical Students -- Southern Illinois University School of Medicine held commencement exercises for the 42nd graduating class on Saturday, May 21, in the Sangamon Auditorium at the University of Illinois Springfield. Sixty-eight physicians and seven graduate students received degrees. [education]

May 20 - Leaving a Legacy of Research -- The Department of Pharmacology at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine has announced three award winners. [honor][research]

May 19 - Springfield Teens Complete SIU Physician Prep Program -- Nine Springfield-area high school students have moved one step closer to becoming physicians after graduating from the Physician Pipeline Preparatory Program (P4), a four-year program sponsored by Southern Illinois University School of Medicine and Springfield Public Schools (SPS).

May 19 - SIU Med School Honors Cianciolo as Outstanding Scholar -- Anna T. Cianciolo, PhD, associate professor of medical education at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine in Springfield, received the school’s Outstanding Scholar Award for 2016. [honor]

May 18 - SIU, Passavant Area Hospital, Morgan County Health Department to Open Family Medicine Clinic -- A new family medicine clinic slated to open this summer will mean easier access to primary care for residents of Morgan County. [patient care]

May 17 - SIU Students, Residents, Fellows Honored for Research -- Young researchers at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine show great promise as they pursued answers to scientific queries during the 26th annual Trainee Research Symposium held recently at the medical school. [honor][research]

May 13 - Dr. John Sutyak Receives Humanitarian Award -- John Sutyak, MD, FACS has received the 2016 Humanitarian Award from the Sangamon County Medical Society Alliance. [honor]

May 12 - SIU Med School Honors Employees -- Southern Illinois University School of Medicine has honored several employees for outstanding professionalism and excellence.[honor]

May 11 - SIU Alzheimer's Center Presents "Healthy Brain Aging" -- Learn about the latest Alzheimer’s research, risk factors and prevention at a free community education event, hosted by the Center for Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders (CADRD) at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine. [education] [community]

May 10 - SIU School of Medicine to Hold 42nd Commencement -- T.R. Reid, global health reporter, author and filmmaker, will give the keynote speech to graduates during the commencement exercises for the 42nd graduating class of Southern Illinois University School of Medicine.[education]

May 10 - Speaker, Panel to Discuss Impact of Domestic Violence on Health -- A trio of events at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine will address factors that contribute to domestic violence. The presentations are free and open to the public.[education] [community]

May 6 - SIU Physician Receives National Award for Residency Education -- Andrew Varney, MD, professor and residency program director of internal medicine at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine, has been named the Innovator in Residency Education for the 2016 Association of Program Directors in Internal Medicine (APDIM) Spotlight Series from the Alliance for Academic Internal Medicine (AAIM). [honor]

May 3 - Sangamon County Student Artwork Showcased at SIU Med School -- Michelangelo, Picasso and Salvador Dali showed early artistic promise, producing great drawings and paintings while they were still children. [community]

May 3 - Appointments Open for Free Skin Cancer Screenings -- Springfield area residents can schedule a free skin cancer screening from 5 – 7 p.m. on Thursday, May 26, at Simmons Cancer Institute at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine. [patient care] [community]

May 2 - Dr. Jerry Kruse Honored by National Family Medicine Organization -- Jerry Kruse, MD, MSPH, dean and provost of Southern Illinois University School of Medicine and CEO of SIU HealthCare, has received the Advocate Award from the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine (STFM). [honor]

April

April 29 - Golf Outing Benefiting Camp COCO Set for June 10 -- Southern Illinois University School of Medicine invites golfers to form teams for the annual charity golf outing benefiting the Camp COCO Children’s Cancer Fund. [community]

April 28 - SIU HealthCare Presents "10 Things Your Mother Never Told You About Hearing Loss" -- Only about a third of people with hearing loss are retirement age, said SIU audiologist Kendra Watts. She will reveal other surprising facts about hearing loss and provide an in depth look at hearing loss treatment at SIU HealthCare’s free event.[community][education]

April 26 - SIU expands Telehealth Clinics at Franklin Hospital -- Patients in the Franklin County area now have a new way to see the doctor: telehealth.[patient care]

April 22 - SIU Med School Academy Honors Faculty, Med Students for Teaching Excellence -- Southern Illinois University School of Medicine in Springfield has honored a former dean, a surgeon, faculty members and medical students for their outstanding achievements as medical educators. [honor]

April 20 - SIU HealthCare Presents Beauty Event Series -- Area men and women are invited to two free community events on facial and body contouring, featuring SIU HealthCare board certified plastic surgeon and assistant professor of surgery, Franziska Huettner, MD, PhD, from 5:30 - 7 p.m. on Wednesday, April 27, and Wednesday, May 11, at Memorial Center for Learning and Innovation, 228 W. Miller St., Springfield.[community][education]

April 19 - Dr. Bradley Schwartz Earns Teaching Excellence Award -- Bradley F. Schwartz, DO, FACS, professor of urology and director of the Center for Laparoscopy and Endourology at the SIU School of Medicine in Springfield, has received the Teaching Excellence Award, an honor bestowed upon a tenured or tenured-track faculty member in the Southern Illinois University System. [honor]

April 15 - SIU Med School Community Displays Artistic Side -- Southern Illinois University School of Medicine unveiled the 23rd annual edition of SCOPE, a literary magazine produced each year by SIU medical students. [community]

April 14 - Medical Students Working with Local Physicians -- Family physicians in eight Illinois communities are hosting students from Southern Illinois University School of Medicine April 13 – May 13. The students are participating in the school’s Family Medicine Preceptorship Program. [education]

April 13 - Dr. Susan Hingle Named Chair-Elect of Board of Regents of National Doctors' Group -- Hingle’s term will begin at the conclusion of ACP’s Internal Medicine Meeting 2016, its annual scientific meeting, which will be held in Washington, DC, May 5-7. [honor]

April 11 - New Treatment Offers Outpatient Option for Enlarged Prostate -- A new medical procedure is now available in central Illinois for treating a common male malady. Water vapor therapy can be done in an outpatient setting to treat Benign Prostate Hyperplasia (BPH), or an enlarged prostate.[patient care]

April 5 - SIU Medical School Elects New Alumni Board Members -- Southern Illinois University School of Medicine has named five new board members to the school’s Alumni Society Board of Governors. [honor]

March

March 30 - Women's Power Lunch Features 7-Time Olympic Medalist -- The 2016 Women’s Power Lunch Against Cancer will feature Shannon Miller, seven-time Olympic Medalist and ovarian cancer survivor.

March 23 - SIU Memory and Aging Network Set to Close -- After nearly two years without state funding, the Southern Illinois University School of Medicine’s Memory and Aging Network, a program of the Center for Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders (CADRD), will close unless it can raise $500,000 by May 31.
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March 18 - SIU Med Students, Residency Programs Meet Their Match -- Senior medical students in the graduating Class of 2016 at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine received results from the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) on Friday, March 18, at the same time other U.S. medical students learned their matches to postgraduate training programs. [education]

March 17 - SIU Telehealth Summit to Discuss Reimbursement -- Southern Illinois University School of Medicine Telehealth is hosting its second free, one-day summit on the state of telehealth in Illinois, focusing on public policy changes on reimbursement for telehealth, online care strategies and health plan perspectives. [community]

March 16 - Free Oral Cancer Screenings at SCI -- Simmons Cancer Institute at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine will provide free screenings for head and neck cancers from 4-6 p.m. by appointment on Monday, April 11, and Monday, April 18 at the cancer institute, 315 W. Carpenter Street, Springfield.  [patient care][community]

March 15 - Breast Center at Simmons Cancer Institute Earns 100 Percent Rating -- The National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC) has rated the Breast Center at Simmons Cancer Institute (SCI) at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine in Springfield as 100 percent compliant on all 27 evaluation standards for accreditation used by the NAPBC.

March 14 - Junaia P. Carter, MD 5k Race Set for April 23 -- Medical students at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine will host the 5th Annual Junaia P. Carter, MD, 5k Run/Walk at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, April 23, at Washington Park in Springfield. Check-in will begin at 7:30 a.m.[community]

March 14 - SIU Clinical Open House Canceled -- Due to the Illinois budget impasse, Southern Illinois University School of Medicine in Springfield has canceled its clinical employment open house, which was scheduled for Tuesday, April 12. [community]

March 9 - Enos Students' Artwork to be Displayed at SIU Med School -- Southern Illinois University School of Medicine will host an art exhibit featuring Enos Elementary School students’ artwork Wednesday, March 9 through Tuesday, March 22. [community]

March 3 - SIU Med School Invites Health Care Providers to the Wound Care MICROposium -- An interactive, educational mini-symposium, focusing on the latest advancements in wound care will be held from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday, April 15, at Illinois Education Association in Springfield. [community][education]

February

February 26 - Pana Community Hospital, SIU HealthCare Partner to Offer Orthopaedic Care -- Pana Community Hospital has partnered with SIU HealthCare, the Springfield-based clinical practice of Southern Illinois University School of Medicine, to provide Pana area patients with orthopaedic care for bone, joint and muscle injuries. [patient care]

February 23 - Free Colorectal Cancer Home Test Kits Available -- 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. [patient care] [community]

February 23 - CDC Consultant to Discuss Social Factors of Health -- What does it mean to be healthy? Is it just the absence of disease? How is health intertwined with other life fundamentals such as housing, transportation and education? [community]

February 17 - Medical Students Working with Local Physicians -- Family physicians in seven Illinois communities are hosting students from Southern Illinois University School of Medicine February 17 – March 18. The students are participating in the school’s Family Medicine Preceptorship Program. [education]

February 15 - Medical Innovators Program Highlights 9 Medical Professionals -- A selection of innovative medical professionals working in Sangamon County will present their achievements in medical treatments and research at the 2013 Medical Innovators Program. [community][research]

February 11 - SCI Clinical Trial to Test Melanoma Vaccine -- Patients who have been diagnosed with Stage II or III melanoma and have had surgery may be eligible to participate in a new clinical trial at Simmons Cancer Institute at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine. [research]

February 11 - New SIU Medical-Legal Partnership Aims to Help Families in Need -- A low-income family living in rental property discovers peeling lead paint. They could have health problems as a result. But many families don’t know how to get help for either their medical problems or legal questions.[community]

February 8 - NIH Grant Aids SIU Hearing Research -- Hearing loss often includes a loss of speech comprehension. This affects at least half of the population over the age of 70, and the most severely affected withdraw from active participation in society.[research]

February 2 - Annual Forum Established to Address Health Care Inequities -- Southern Illinois University School of Medicine will host a special endowed lecture event to commemorate the life of a groundbreaking central Illinois physician. [community]

January

January 20 - Simmons Cancer Institute Offers 4 Paid Internships -- Undergraduate college students can now apply for a summer internship at Simmons Cancer Institute at SIU School of Medicine. [education]

January 15 - SIU Med Student Jason West Earns Scholarship -- Jason West, a fourth-year medical student at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine in Springfield, has received a monetary award from the Penelope K. Tippy, MD, Scholarship. [education]

January 14 - Simmons Cancer Institute Providing Cancer Care in Litchfield -- A new partnership between Simmons Cancer Institute (SCI) at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine in Springfield and Litchfield Oncology Institute will expand area cancer patients’ access to cancer care. [patient care]

January 8 - SIU Researchers Speak with US Senator Dick Durbin -- In an appearance at SIU's Springfield campus, U.S. Senator Dick Durbin announced major progress towards his goal of restoring the United States’ commitment to breakthrough scientific and biomedical research..[research][

January 5 - Medical Students Working with Local Physicians -- Family physicians in eight Illinois communities are hosting students from Southern Illinois University School of Medicine January 5 – February 6. The students are participating in the school’s Family Medicine Preceptorship Program.[education]

 

December

December 23 - Memorial Medical Center, SIU School of Medicine Participate in Simulation Following Critically Ill Patient from Home to ICU -- More than 50 people from Memorial Medical Center and Southern Illinois University School of Medicine participated in a complex simulation exercise that followed a critically ill patient from the moment he called for help in his home until he was wheeled into an intensive care unit.

December 21 - Dr. Tom Ala Named Endowed Chair for Alzheimer's Research -- Alzheimer’s disease researcher Thomas A. Ala, MD, associate professor of clinical neurology and interim director of the Center for Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders (CADRD), has been named the second recipient of the Kenneth Stark Endowed Chair in Alzheimer’s Research at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine.

December 16 - SIU Telehealth Opens Clinics at Memorial Hospital in Carthage -- Patients in the Carthage area now have access to a new way to see the doctor: telehealth. Southern Illinois University School of Medicine’s Office of Telehealth and Clinical Outreach has brought clinical telehealth services to patients of Memorial Hospital in Carthage.

December 15 - The Uninvited Houseguest: Radon Can Be Silent and Deadly -- Accidental residential fires are most common during the holidays due to the increased use of candles and seasonal illumination. But are you aware of another potential danger in the home?

December 14 - MMC Launches Advanced Hernia Center, Partners with SIU HealthCare and Springfield Clinic -- Memorial Medical Center has launched the Memorial Advanced Hernia Center to assist patients facing complex hernia cases.

December 10 - SIU Med School Students Awarded Scholarships -- Two students at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine received scholarships to help offset the cost of medical school. The Southern Illinois Medical Association (SIMA) awarded the scholarships to fourth-year medical students Khristian Sunga and Jason West.

December 9 - SIU Expands Telehealth Clinics at Mason District Hospital -- Patients in the Havana area now have access to a new way to see the doctor: telemedicine. Southern Illinois University School of Medicine’s Office of Telehealth and Clinical Outreach has brought clinical telehealth services to patients of Mason District Hospital in Havana.

December 7 - SIU Physician Elected Vice President of National Medical Organization -- Hilary Sanfey, MD, a surgery professor at Southern Illinois University (SIU) School of Medicine in Springfield, was elected vice president elect for the American College of Surgeons (ACS) at its annual meeting in Chicago.

December 7 - SIU Med School Students Awarded for Progress in Cancer Research -- Six graduate students at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine earned awards for their research in ovarian cancer, breast cancer, lung cancer and more.

December 1 - Living With Pain That Won't Go Away? -- Individuals living with non- cancer related pain that won’t go away are invited to attend a chronic pain management class, hosted by Southern Illinois University School of Medicine.

November

November 20 - Department of Defense Grant Aids SIU Hearing Research -- Southern Illinois University School of Medicine research scientist Brandon Cox, PhD, assistant professor in the Department of Pharmacology, has secured a three-year grant from the U.S. Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs, a division of the Department of Defense, to advance her study of hearing loss and regeneration of sounds-sensing cells in the inner ear.

November 19 - NIH Grant Advances Chronic Inflammation, Muscular Dystrophy Research -- Southern Illinois University School of Medicine research scientist Judy Davie, PhD, associate professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, has secured a three-year grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to advance her research in muscle inflammation.

November 16 - SIU Medical School Elects Student Class Officers -- Medical students at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine in Springfield have been elected to leadership positions as officers, representatives and committee members for the 2015-16 school year. 

November 13 - High School Students Get Preview of Medical School Training -- Sixteen ninth-grade students in Springfield have been selected for a program to encourage local high school students interested in becoming physicians.

November 11 - Medical Students Working with Local Physicians -- Family physicians in seven Illinois communities are hosting students from Southern Illinois University School of Medicine November 11 – December 11. The students are participating in the school’s Family Medicine Preceptorship Program.

November 10 - SIU School of Medicine Sponsors Poinsettia Sale -- ThinkFirst, an injury prevention program offered by Southern Illinois University School of Medicine, is offering its 13th annual poinsettia fundraiser. 

November 4 - Scholarships Awarded to Seven SIU Med Students -- The average amount of debt incurred by medical school graduates in 2014 was more than $176,000, according to Association of American Medical Colleges. As the cost to attend medical school rises, many students are feeling the strain of student loans.

November 4 - SIU Med School Educator Receives International Award -- Heeyoung Han, PhD, has received an award for Excellence in Medical Education from the Association for Medical Education in Europe (AMEE). Han is assistant professor in the Department of Medical Education at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine in Springfield.

November 2 - SIU Medical School Hosts 141st Southern Illinois Medical Association Meeting -- Experts from Southern Illinois University School of Medicine will present “Rural Medicine: Growing and Supporting Rural Providers” at the 141st Southern Illinois Medical Association (SIMA) meeting from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 12, at the Memorial Center for Learning & Innovation, 228 W. Miller St. in Springfield.

October

October 30 - SIU Medical School Hosts Telehealth Stakeholders Summit -- The Southern Illinois University School of Medicine will host a Telehealth Stakeholders Summit to showcase the advances and potential in virtual care technology from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. on Thursday, November 5, at the Memorial Center for Learning and Innovation, 228 W. Miller Street, in Springfield. 

October 30 - SIU/Memorial Earn Top Quality Award from World Hospital Congress -- A collaboration of Springfield health care organizations took home top honors at an international meeting for health care leaders held Oct. 6-8 in Chicago.

October 22 - Four SIU Med Students Earn Kathryn Terry Scholarship -- Four third- and fourth-year medical students at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine were awarded the Kathryn Terry Scholarship.

October 21 - More Quincy-Area Seniors Got Flu Vaccine in 2014-15 -- Last winter, more senior citizens in the Quincy area received vaccines for the flu and pneumonia, thanks to a national grant given to SIU Center for Family Medicine in Quincy (QFM).

October 20 - Decatur Memorial Hospital, SIU School of Medicine Expand Collaboration -- Decatur Memorial Hospital and Southern Illinois University School of Medicine today announced an expanded collaboration that will allow patients easier access to specialty services.

October 20 - SIU School of Medicinee Employees Honored for Service -- Southern Illinois University School of Medicine honored 70 of its employees for their years of service at campus facilities in Springfield, Carbondale, Decatur and Quincy.

October 20 - 10 SIU Med Students Earn Alumni Scholarship -- Ten fourth-year medical students at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine were awarded the Alumni Scholarship, which was established by the charter Class of 1976 as a gift in honor of its 25th reunion.

October 19 - Parents, Caregivers Invited to Attend 'When Potty Training Doesn't End' -- Parents and caregivers of children with urination problems, including bedwetting, daytime wetting, giggle incontinence and urge syndrome, are invited to attend ‘When Potty Training Doesn’t End,’  a free presentation sponsored by SIU HealthCare and HSHS St. John’s Children’s Hospital.

October 16 - Smoking Cessation Class Begins Tuesday at Simmons Cancer Institute -- Each year, more than 400,000 people in the U.S. die from tobacco use, making it the leading cause of preventable death in the country, according to the American Lung Association.

October 15 - SIU HealthCare Co-sponsors Diabetes Education Event: Healthy Life, Healthy You -- Adults with diabetes can learn about the ways to manage the disease at “Healthy Life, Healthy You,” a free program offered by the Prairie Diabetes Alliance, which includes Southern Illinois University School of Medicine, Memorial Medical Center’s Weight Loss and Wellness Center, HSHS St. John’s Hospital, the American Diabetes Association and Springfield Clinic.

October 15 - SIU Med School to Co-sponsor Memory Loss Conference for Professionals, General Public -- At the 20th Annual Memory Loss Conference, experts from across the region will present on the latest research, treatment options and ways to improve quality of life for persons with dementia and their care partners.

October 12 - Simmons Cancer Institute and Passavant Hospital Announce Partnership -- A new partnership between Simmons Cancer Institute (SCI) at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine and Passavant Area Hospital in Jacksonville will expand area cancer patients’ access to cancer care.

October 12 - SIU HealthCare Launches New Patient Portal -- Patients of SIU HealthCare now have easy, free and secure access to their personal health information online, allowing them to request appointments, refill prescriptions, view lab results and receive updates to changes in their health record.

October 8 - SIU Med School to Hold Events During Breast Cancer Awareness Month -- October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and SIU School of Medicine is offering several events to raise awareness.

October 8 - Med School’s Diversity Week Explores Health Care Disparities, Bias -- SIU School of Medicine invites the public to a week of free, thought-provoking lectures and panels on Oct. 26 – 30 in honor of its annual Diversity Enrichment Week.

October 5 - Milbrandt to Lead Center for Clinical Research -- Joseph Milbrandt, PhD, has been appointed the director of the Center for Clinical Research at SIU School of Medicine after serving as an associate director from 2009-15.

October 2 - Kruse to Discuss Future of Health Care -- At a special Policy Breakfast hosted by the Citizens Club of Springfield, SIU School of Medicine Executive Associate Dean and Chief Medical Offer Jerry Kruse, MD, MSPH, will discuss the future of health care and medicine. The breakfast will be held from 8 to 9 a.m. on Friday, October 23 at the Memorial Center for Learning and Innovation.

 

September

September 30 - Medical Students Working with Local Physicians -- Family physicians in seven Illinois communities are hosting students from SIU School of Medicine September 30 - October 30. The students are participating in the school’s Family Medicine Preceptorship Program.

September 24 - SIU Med School, Wash U Partner to Explore Rural Cancer Health Disparities -- A National Institutes of Health grant will help fund researcher development, increase cancer research scope in southern Illinois.

September 18 - SIU Family Physician Recognized for Service to Community -- Tom Miller, MD, chairman and residency program director of SIU Quincy Family Medicine, has received the 2015 Distinguished Service Award from the Illinois Academy of Family Physicians.

September 18 - Employment Open House at School of Medicine Set for Oct. 20 -- SIU School of Medicine is hosting a fall employment open house from 4 to 6 p.m. on Tuesday, October 20. The event will take place at the Office of Human Resources, 327 W. Calhoun Ave., Springfield.

September 16 - NIH Grant Aids Investigation of Staph Infections -- Southern Illinois University School of Medicine research scientist Michael Olson, PhD, assistant professor in the Department of Medical Microbiology, Immunology and Cell Biology, has secured a grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to expand his research in staph infections.

September 15 - 13th Annual Women's Health Conference Set for Oct. 14 -- Health care professionals who provide care to female patients are invited to explore ways to advance care for healthier women at the 13th Annual Women’s Health Conference, sponsored by the Southern Illinois University School of Medicine’s Office of Continuing Professional Development.

September 14 - Patient Safety Symposium to Address Human, Diagnostic Errors in Health Care -- The Southern Illinois University School of Medicine’s Office of Continuing Professional Development invites health care professionals to explore hot topics in patient safety at the symposium “Fundamentally Human: An Innovative Exploration of Patient Safety.”

September 11 - "Mammogram Mondays" Return in October for Unisured Women -- A grant obtained by the Regional Cancer Partnership of Illinois (RCPIL) will provide free mammograms for uninsured and under-insured women ages 40 and older on Mondays in October at three area locations.

September 11 - SIU HealthCare CMO Named Chair of National Education Bureau -- Harald Lausen, DO, MA, the chief medical officer of SIU HealthCare and assistant dean for clinical education at the Southern Illinois University School of Medicine, has been appointed chair of the Bureau of Osteopathic Education for the American Osteopathic Association (AOA).

September 10 - Intellectual Property Program Offers Tips for Techs, Inventors - The challenges of taking an idea from academic inspiration to a product or service that benefits the public will be discussed at a program presented by SIU School of Medicine and the University of Illinois Springfield on Sept. 22.

September 10 - Dr. Jerry Kruse Named Fourth Dean and Provost - The SIU Board of Trustees voted to appoint Executive Associate Dean and SIU HealthCare CEO as the fourth dean and provost of the School of Medicine.

September 9 - MEDPREP Students Receive Scholarships - Fourteen students received scholarships at the Shirley J. McGlinn 19th Annual MEDPREP Milestone Ceremony, held on Sunday, August 30, in Carbondale.

September 8 - SIU Faculty Physicians Named 'Best Doctors' - Twenty faculty physicians at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine are included in Best Doctors® in America 2015 database.

September 1 - Program Offers Teens Opportunity to Explore Medical Careers - High school students interested in careers in medicine are invited to join Medical Explorers Post 998, sponsored by SIU School of Medicine and Abraham Lincoln Council of the Boy Scouts of America.

September 1 - SIU to Launch Neuroscience Institute - Patients with complex brain and spine disorders may benefit from a new, multispecialty clinic at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine in Springfield.

 

August

August 31 - Nine Minority Students Begin Studies at SIU School of Medicine - The Class of 2019 includes a diversity of students.

August 28 - Pipeline Program (P4) Now Accepting Applications- High school freshmen can apply to participate in a program to help students explore career options in medicine. Applications are due Oct. 2.

August 28 - Pearson Lecture to Discuss Life of Dr. Alonzo H. Kenniebrew - Dr. Wesley Robinson-McNeese will present the annual lecture on September 17.

August 27 - SIU Opens Hypertension Clinic - Central Illinois patients with difficult to control high blood pressure may benefit from a new hypertension clinic at SIU HealthCare, 751 N. Rutledge, Springfield.

August 26 - $2.8 Million NIH Grant Advances Hearing Loss Research - Dr. Kathleen Campbell's D-Methionine research receives additional funding to determine optimal dosage.

August 19 - SIU Fertility & IVF to Celebrate Fifth Birthday -- The Fertility & IVF’s Fifth Annual Birthday Party is set for 3 - 6 p.m. on Sunday, September 13 at Erin’s Pavilion in Southwind Park, 4965 S. Second St. in Springfield. To commemorate the Center’s fifth birthday, a tree planting ceremony will take place at 4:30 p.m.

August 19 - Medical Students Working with Local Physicians -- Family physicians in eight Illinois communities are hosting students from Southern Illinois University School of Medicine August 19 – September 18. The students are participating in the school’s Family Medicine Preceptorship Program.

August 17 - Medical Innovators Video Features Dr. Hazelrigg -- The Sangamon County Medical Society will release the eighth video in a series that highlights the innovation and research achievements within the local medical community on August 24th.

August 11 - Students Begin Training at SIU School of Medicine - Medical students in the Class of 2019 at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine begin their medical training this week at SIU in Carbondale. The students will participate in a “White Coat Ceremony” at 3 p.m. Friday, August 14, in Shryock Auditorium.

August 6 - Family Fun and Health Fair Set August 12 at Family and Community Medicine - The SIU School of Medicine Center for Family Medicine invites the public to attend its free Family Fun & Health Fair from 3 - 5 p.m. on Wednesday, August 12.

August 5 - Clinical Trial Tests Benefits of Flaxseed for Ovarian Cancer Patients -- A new clinical trial at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine is the first in the United States to examine the effects of flaxseed supplementation in women who have been diagnosed with ovarian cancer.

August 4 - Denim & Diamonds to Celebrate 15th Anniversary on October 3 -- Simmons Cancer Institute at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine is hosting its 15th annual “Denim & Diamonds” fundraiser. The funds raised will support innovative research projects and enhance patient comforts.

August 1 - SIU Physician Assistant Program Graduates 34 - The Physician Assistant Program graduated 34 physician assistants during a ceremony on August 1, 2015, at SIU Carbondale. New student received short white coats and awards were given to students, faculty and preceptors.

 

July

July 28 - SIU Med School to Host 14th Annual Cancer Symposium - “The Spectrum of Cancer Care for Primary Providers,” is the topic of the 14th Annual Simmons Cancer Institute Symposium, which will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday, September 3 at Memorial Center for Learning and Innovation, 228 W. Miller Street, Springfield. 

July 27 - SIU Physician Assistant Program Names "Preceptors of the Year" - The Physician Assistant Program Class of 2015 at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine in Carbondale has selected 10 central and southern Illinois physicians, physician assistants and nurse practitioners to receive the "Preceptor of the Year" award.

July 27 - Keep Kids in School Coalition Offers Student Physicals Pre-K, Kindergarten, sixth, ninth graders need checkups - Springfield Public School District 186 students who have difficulty accessing medical care have more opportunities to get needed physicals and immunizations this summer, thanks to a coalition of area health care providers.

July 20 - Medical Innovators Video Features Dr. Wilber -- The Sangamon County Medical Society will release the seventh video in a series that highlights the innovation and research achievements within the local medical community July 27th.

July 15 - SIU Med School Library to Host Pastel Society Exhibit & Reception -- Southern Illinois University School of Medicine’s medical library will host an art exhibition by two dozen members of the Illinois Prairie Pastel Society from July 17 through August 29 on the fourth floor of 801 North Rutledge on its Springfield campus.

July 9 - Medical Students Working with Local Physicians -- Family physicians in eight Illinois communities are hosting students from Southern Illinois University School of Medicine July 9 – August 7. The students are participating in the school’s Family Medicine Preceptorship Program.

July 6 - SIU Med School is Exclusive Site for Bladder Cancer Clinical Trial -- A new clinical trial for bladder cancer has opened exclusively at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine in Springfield.

July 1 - Carbondale Med Students Select Henry as Teacher of the Year -- The first-year medical students (Class of 2018) at SIU School of Medicine named Nancy Henry, DVM, as the Carbondale Teacher of the Year for her guidance in 2014-15.

 

June

June 30 - SIU Med School Earns Maximum Accreditation -- SIU School of Medicine has received full accreditation for another eight years from the Liaison Committee on Medical Education. This is the second consecutive citation-free accreditation the School has received.

June 24 - SIU Med School Team Chosen to Learn 'Hotspotting' -- A team from Southern Illinois University School of Medicine has been chosen as one of 10 new teams to participate in the 2015 Inter-Professional Student Hotspotting Mini-Grant Project learning collaborative.

June 22 - 'Game On' for Campers with Cancer -- The 30th annual Camp COCO will host 155 children with cancer and other blood disorders during its one-week session July 5 – 10.

June 22 - SIU School of Medicine Physicians Named 'Top Doctors' -- Fourteen physicians at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine have been named Top Doctors® by Castle Connolly Medical Ltd.

June 18 - SIU Med Students Pursue Summer Research Projects -- Eight medical students are getting a look at life inside a research laboratory during a summer research program at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine.

June 11 - SIU Med School Scientist Receives Grant to Study Gene Affecting Intellect -- A majority of intellectual disabilities are thought to occur because of mutations in genes that regulate neuronal development and function. A research scientist at SIU has been awarded a two-year, NIH grant to study the effects of these mutations on protein function in a suspect gene. 

June 9 - Class of 2015 Names Carbondale Teacher of the Year - Ron Browning, PhD, professor emeritus in the Department of Physiology, was honored with the Teacher of the Year Awar by The Class of 2015.

June 9 - First Year Medical Students Name Mentor of the Year - The Class of 2018 at SIU School of Medicine have named alumnus Larry Jones, MD, of the Primary Care Group in Harrisburg, the Mentor of the Year.

June 5 - 'Pick Your Poison' Exhibit Shows Altered Attitudes About Drugs & Alcohol -- Pick Your Poison: Intoxicating Pleasures and Medical Prescriptions,” a traveling exhibit of the National Library of Medicine and the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History, is now on display in the medical library at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine in Springfield.

June 3 - SIU Med School Pledges 80% by 2018 -- Southern Illinois University Center for Family Medicine, a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC), recently became the first FQHC in Illinois to sign the 80% by 2018 pledge, a shared goal of the National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable and the American Cancer Society.

 

May

May 29 - Medical Innovators Releases Fifth Video in Series -- The Sangamon County Medical Society will release the fifth video in a series that highlights the innovation and research achievements within the local medical community on May 25th.  Each video profiles a 2013 Medical Innovators Award recipient.

May 29 - Med Students Working with Local Physicians -- Family physicians in nine Illinois communities are hosting students from Southern Illinois University School of Medicine June 1 – June 26. The students are participating in the school’s Family Medicine Preceptorship Program.

May 28 - Four College Students to Begin Internships with SCI -- Chosen on a competitive basis, the students will learn basic laboratory techniques during the internship under the supervision of trained lab professionals. Three interns will be based in Springfield and one will be based on the Carbondale campus.

May 27 - SIU Med School Names Chair of Internal Medicine -- John M. Flack, MD, MPH has been named professor and chair of the Department of Internal Medicine at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine in Springfield.

May 21 - SIU Faculty and Student Receive Humanism, Teaching Awards -- As part of Southern Illinois University School of Medicine’s 2015 commencement, Gary Rull, MD, associate professor of internal medicine at SIU School of Medicine, Martha Hlafka, MD, assistant professor of internal medicine, and Sam Hughes, MD, a Class of 2015 graduate, received awards for teaching and humanism.

May 21 - SIU Med School Alzheimer's Educator Honored for Dedication to Elderly -- Greg Kyrouac, director of education and outreach programs at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine’s Center for Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders (CADRD), was presented with the 2014 Outstanding Caregiver Award for Older American Act Services by the Illinois Department on Aging (IDoA).

May 20 - SIU School of Medicine Faculty Promoted -- Academic promotions have been awarded to 11 faculty members at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine. The SIU Board of Trustees approved the promotions this spring and will be effective July 1.

May 19 - Honor Medical Society Welcomes 14 New Members -- The Eta Chapter of Alpha Omega Alpha (AOA) Honor Medical Society at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine inducted 14 new members at its spring banquet held May 15 at Panther Creek Country Club in Springfield.

May 19 - SIU Pharmacology Researchers Receive Awards -- The Department of Pharmacology at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine has announced three research award winners.

May 19 - Local Cancer Survivor to Speak at World No Tobacco Day -- John Pearson, a head and neck cancer survivor, will be the featured speaker at World No Tobacco Day on Thursday, May 28.

May 18 - SIU Med School Names Distinguished Alumni -- Southern Illinois University School of Medicine in Springfield has honored two of its alumni with its Distinguished Alumni Award.

May 18 - SIU Med School Confers Degrees to Medical Students -- Southern Illinois University School of Medicine held commencement exercises for the 41st graduating class on Saturday, May 16, in the Sangamon Auditorium at the University of Illinois Springfield.

May 15 - SIU Med School Announces New Lectureship -- Southern Illinois University School of Medicine’s Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology will present the John V. Standard Endowed Distinguished Lectureship.

May 14 - HSHS St. John's Hospital and SIU School of Medicine Strengthen Alliance to Advance Women and Children's Healthcare and Teaching in Central and Southern Illinois -- HSHS St. John’s Hospital and Southern Illinois University School of Medicine and SIU HealthCare (SIU) announced today a comprehensive 10-year alliance designed to expand access to pediatric and women’s health care services as well as solidify the two organization’s joint commitment to teaching and research for the region.

May 14 - 7th Annual Butterfly Release Set at Simmons Cancer Institute -- Simmons Cancer Institute at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine will hold its 7th Annual Butterfly Release at 10 a.m. on Saturday, June 13 in the Thomas Garden of Hope, Simmons Cancer Institute, 315 W. Carpenter St., Springfield. The public is invited to the free event.

May 13 - SIU Med School Honors Employees -- Southern Illinois University School of Medicine has honored several employees for outstanding professionalism and excellence.

May 13 - SIU School of Medicine Opens Outreach Office in Havana -- Residents of Havana and surrounding communities now have easier access to the resources of Southern Illinois University School of Medicine.

May 12 - Prostate Cancer Clinical Trial Opens at SCI -- Simmons Cancer Institute (SCI) at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine in Springfield was recently chosen as one of the sites for a new clinical trial for treatment of prostate cancer therapy.

May 11 - Retired SIU Surgeon Receives Order of Lincoln -- J. Roland Folse, MD, surgeon and the founding chairman of the Department of Surgery at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine, has received the Order of Lincoln, the highest honor bestowed by the state of Illinois.

May 11 - SIU Med School Honors Verhulst as Outstanding Scholar -- Steven Verhulst, PhD, has been named the 2015 Outstanding Scholar at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine.

May 8 - New MCLI Surgical Skills Lab Named after Dr. Roland Folse -- The Surgical Skills Center in the Memorial Center for Learning and Innovation has been named after Dr. J. Roland Folse, the first chairman of Southern Illinois University School of Medicine’s Department of Surgery.

May 8 - SIU Surgeon Receives National Teaching Award -- Jarrod Wall, MB, BCh, PhD, assistant professor of general surgery and a trauma surgeon at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine, received the Philip J. Wolfson Outstanding Teacher Award at the Association of Surgical Education annual meeting in April.

May 8 - SIU Med Student to Receive U.S. Public Health Service Award -- Jaleen Sims, a graduating senior at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine, will receive the 2015 Excellence in Public Health Award from the U.S. Public Health Service Physician Professional Advisory Committee.

May 8 - SIU School of Medicine to Hold 41st Commencement -- Southern Illinois University School of Medicine will hold commencement exercises for the 41st graduating class at 3 p.m. Saturday, May 16, in the Sangamon Auditorium at the University of Illinois Springfield. Seventy physicians and four graduate students will receive degrees.

May 7 - SIU Family Medicine Receives Federal Grant for Quincy -- Southern Illinois University School of Medicine has received a $650,000 federal grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to expand its federally qualified health center (FQHC) in Springfield to include a new access point:  the SIU Quincy Family Medicine Program.

May 4 - SIU Students, Faculty Give Back on Annual Day of Service -- More than 170 SIU School of Medicine students and faculty members will join forces with the Enos Park Neighborhood Improvement Association on Friday, May 8 for the school’s second annual day of service.

May 4 - Springfield Teens Complete SIU Physician Prep Program -- Nine area students will move one step closer to becoming physicians after graduating this month from the Physician Pipeline Preparatory Program, a 4-year program sponsored by SIU School of Medicine and Springfield Public Schools.

May 1 - SIU Students, Post-Graduates Awarded for Research -- Southern Illinois University School of Medicine graduate students, medical students, fellows and residents have received top awards in the 25th annual Trainee Research Symposium at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine.

May 1 - SIU Decatur Family Medicine Appoints New Directors -- – Mark Scott, M.D., has been named medical director/chief medical officer of SIU Decatur Family Medicine, and Jessie Junker, M.D., MBA, will serve as residency director and assistant medical director at the Decatur office, effective May 1. The physicians succeed John Bradley, M.D., who is retiring after 24 years of service.

 

April

April 30 - Appointments Open for Free Skin Cancer Screenings -- Springfield area residents may schedule a free skin cancer screening between 5 – 7 p.m. on Thursday, May 21. The Regional Cancer Partnership of Illinois is sponsoring the event at Simmons Cancer Institute at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine to highlight Skin Cancer Awareness Month.

April 29 - SIU Medical School Elects New Alumni Board Members -- Southern Illinois University School of Medicine has named two new board members to the school’s Alumni Society Board of Governors. 

April 24 - SIU Med School Community Displays Artistic Side -- Southern Illinois University School of Medicine unveiled the 22nd annual edition of SCOPE, a literary magazine produced each year by SIU medical students.

April 22 - SIU Clinical Trial Offers Hope for Emphysema Patients -- Individuals diagnosed with late-stage emphysema may be eligible to participate in a national multi-site study at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine in Springfield.

April 20 - SIU Med School Opens Outreach Office in Mattoon -- Residents of Mattoon and surrounding communities now have easier access to SIU resources at the new Southeast Central Illinois Regional Office.

April 17 - Medical Students Working with Local Physicians -- Family physicians in nine Illinois communities are hosting students from Southern Illinois University School of Medicine April 17 – May 15, 2015.

April 17 -- SIU School of Medicine Hosts Crash Reenactments at Area High Schools -- Students at several area high schools will experience crash reenactments, presented by ThinkFirst, an injury prevention program offered by Southern Illinois University School of Medicine.

April 16 - SIU Med School Honors Surgeon, Student as Educators -- Southern Illinois University School of Medicine has honored a surgeon and medical student for their outstanding achievements as medical educators.

April 15 -- Lifestyle Habits May Influence Alzheimer's Disease Risk -- Are dementia and Alzheimer’s disease preventable? Could your life choices cause Alzheimer’s disease? These questions and more will be discussed at the 8th Annual Scientific Conference on Healthy Brain Aging.

April 9 - Alzheimer's Providers, Caregivers Appeal to Citizens for Help -- Thousands of Illinoisans could soon lose access to care and resources provided by the Memory and Aging Network, a system of providers who care for Alzheimer’s disease and dementia patients, led by the Southern Illinois University School of Medicine’s Center for Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders (CADRD).

April 8 - SIU Professor to Speak at Lincoln Funeral Coalition Symposium -- Southern Illinois University School of Medicine physician and professor Christine Todd, M.D., is a participating speaker at a presentation to honor the 150th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s funeral.

April 6 - Sixth Annual Women's Power Lunch Features LeAnn Thieman -- The 2015 Women’s Power Lunch Against Cancer will feature LeAnn Thieman, one of the “Chicken Soup for the Soul” book series’ most prolific authors. Proceeds from the 6th annual event will benefit cancer research at Simmons Cancer Institute at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine in Springfield.

 

March

March 31 - Camp COCO Golf Outing Planned for June 12 -- Southern Illinois University School of Medicine invites golfers to form teams for the annual charity golf outing benefiting the Camp COCO Children’s Cancer Fund.

March 26 - Oral Cancer Survivor: 'I Caused My Cancer'; SCI Hosts Free Cancer Screenings - John Pearson speaks through an electrolarynx with an oral adapter. His distinct voice, generated through a handheld device, is a constant reminder of the throat cancer he was diagnosed with in 2009 after smoking cigarettes for 25 years.

March 23 - SCI Speaker to Share the Healing Power of Laughter -- – Kathleen Passanisi, a National Speakers Association Hall of Fame presenter who specializes in therapeutic humor, will deliver the keynote address at a free public symposium on cancer survivorship at Simmons Cancer Institute (SCI) at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine.

March 20 - SIU Med Students, Residency Programs Meet Their Match -- Senior medical students in the graduating Class of 2015 at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine received results from the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) on Friday, March 20, at the same time other U.S. medical students learned their matches to postgraduate training programs.

March 17 - SIU Geriatric Research Scientist Receives Lifetime Achievement Award -- The Endocrine Society presented winners of the organization's prestigious 2015 Laureate Awards this week during its annual meeting in San Diego.

March 17 - Enos Students' Artwork to be Displayed at SIU Med School -- Southern Illinois University School of Medicine will host an art fair featuring Enos Elementary School students’ artwork Thursday, March 19 through Thursday, March 26.

March 16 - Medical Innovators Program Releases Third Video in Series -- The Sangamon County Medical Society has released the third video in a series that highlights the innovation and research achievements within the local medical community.

March 16 - Junaia P. Carter, MD, 5k Race Set for April 11 -- - Medical students at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine will host the 4th Annual Junaia P. Carter, MD, 5k Race at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, April 11, at Washington Park in Springfield.

March 16 - SIU HealthCare Opens New OB/GYN Clinic -- Women seeking general obstetrics and gynecology care will benefit from a new clinic at SIU HealthCare, the clinics of Southern Illinois University School of Medicine in Springfield.

March 9 - Colorectal Cancer Awareness Program Set for March 24 -- Southern Illinois University School of Medicine Department of Surgery and Simmons Cancer Institute (SCI) physicians will provide information on the prevention, early detection and treatment of colorectal cancer from 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 24, at SCI, 315 W. Carpenter Street in Springfield. March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month.

March 3 - New SCI Group Offers Support During Transition to Life After Loss -- “Moving Forward” is a new support group for people who have experienced the recent loss of a loved one. The group will meet from 9 – 10 a.m. on the first and third Fridays of each month at Simmons Cancer Institute (SCI) at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine, 315 West Carpenter Street in Springfield.

March 2 - SIU Med School Professor to Deliver Ebola Update in Free Program -- Janak Koirala, MD, professor and chief of the Division of Infectious Diseases at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine, will deliver a presentation detailing the Ebola virus, the state of the crisis and the best methods of prevention.

 

February

February 26 - Free Colorectal Cancer Home Test Kits Available -- 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.

February 23 - Medical Innovators Program Releases Second Video in Series -- The Sangamon County Medical Society has released the second video in a series that highlights the innovation and research achievements within the local medical community.

February 20 - Medical Students Working with Local Physicians -- Family physicians in nine Illinois communities are hosting students from Southern Illinois University School of Medicine February 20 – March 20, 2015. The students are participating in the School’s Family Medicine Preceptorship Program.

February 12 - SIU Med School Seeks Participants for "Chemobrain" Study -- Patients who undergo chemotherapy may suffer from a condition known as “chemobrain,” a relatively new term that refers to a decrease in memory and the ability to focus. Many who experience chemobrain describe it as a “thick brain fog.”

February 12 - Job Opportunities Available at SIU Med School -- Southern Illinois University School of Medicine will host an open house on Tuesday, March 24 to highlight the clinical career opportunities available at the school.

February 9 - SIU Urology Receives Grant to Develop Erectile Dysfunction Device -- Southern Illinois University School of Medicine’s Division of Urology has received a $65,868 grant from American Medical Systems, Inc. to support the development of a novel physiologic prosthesis for the treatment of erectile dysfunction.

February 9 - SIU Med School Presents Stauffer Healthcare Management Summit -- A daylong educational summit on the “Future Quality & Efficiency in Musculoskeletal Care: A Multidisciplinary Approach” will be held from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Thursday, May 28, at Memorial’s Center for Learning and Innovation, Springfield.

February 3 - Used iPods May Benefit Dementia Patients -- Southern Illinois University School of Medicine in Springfield is accepting donations of new or used iPods and chargers to help enrich the lives of persons with Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia.

February 3 - SIU Teams with UIS Athletics to Block Cancer's Shot -- The University of Illinois at Springfield and Southern Illinois University School of Medicine are teaming up to fight against cancer this Valentine’s Day at a special “Pink Out” basketball game.

 

January

January 30 - SIU Med School Hosts Diabetes U Classes -- Southern Illinois University School of Medicine is hosting interactive group classes to help individuals with type 1 and type 2 diabetes.

January 27 - Medical Innovators Program Releases First Video in Series; features SIU psychiatrist's depression therapy -- The Sangamon County Medical Society has released the first video in a series that highlights the innovation and research achievements within the local medical community.

January 15 - SIU Med School Urges Women to Schedule Cervical Cancer Screenings -- Simmons Cancer Institute at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine aims to raise awareness of cervical health and aid in early detection of cervical cancer by encouraging women to schedule appropriate screenings.

January 14 - Summer Internships Available at Simmons Cancer Institute -- College students interested in a career in medicine or cancer research are invited to apply for one of four internships at Simmons Cancer Institute (SCI) at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine.

January 9 - Medical Students Working with Local Physicians -- Family physicians in eight Illinois communities are hosting students from Southern Illinois University School of Medicine January 9 – February 6, 2015.

January 8 - SIU School of Medicine, Institute for Plastic Surgery supports Kidzeum of Health and Science with a $75,000 gift. The donation will support the creation of an interactive hand exhibit, one of 100 engagements that exist within the Healthy Body Gallery. View Release

January 5 - Associate Dean Named Chair of National Research Committee -- Linda Toth, Ph.D., associate dean for research and faculty affairs and professor of pharmacology at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine, has been appointed the chair of the Group on Research Advancement and Development’s (GRAND) Steering Committee.

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