SIU Med Students Honor Area Physician as Mentor of the Year


July 9, 2014

SIU Med Students Honor Area Physician as Mentor of the Year


Dr. Anad Salem receives award

Family medicine physician Dr. Anad Salem was chosen as Mentor of the Year by first-year students at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine. Salem was honored for his work as a volunteer mentor to the medical students during their first year in Carbondale and was presented with a plaque for his work on July 7.

The student nominating Salem wrote, “After 48-hours of clinical experience with Dr. Salem, I find that I am much more confident and comfortable in speaking with patients and with discussing my findings with him. He has taught me that I will not always be right, but that it is important to hypothesize and try to reason a problem out when possible. And when I do not know the answer, he has me look it up for next time and see how it fits into the clinical picture.”

Salem is a family medicine physician in Carbondale and is affiliated with multiple hospitals in the area, including Herrin Hospital and Memorial Hospital in Carbondale. He is a volunteer assistant professor at SIU School of Medicine. Salem completed family medicine residency at SIU School of Medicine (1997). He earned his medical degree from the Universidad Autonoma de Ciudad Juarez in Chihuahua, Mexico (1990), and his bachelor’s degree in biomedical engineering from Arizona State Univerisy in Phoenix, Ariz.

SIU School of Medicine provides the clinical mentor program for its first-year students in Carbondale. The previous school year, 73 area physicians served as mentors. The freshman class of 2017 nominated 14 physician mentors for the honor.

Established in 1970, SIU School of Medicine is based in Carbondale and Springfield and focused on the health care needs of downstate Illinois. It is specifically oriented to educating physicians prepared to practice in Illinois communities and has graduated 2,615 physicians since the first class in 1975. Its website is

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