September 13, 2013
SIU Med School, SPS Accepting Applications for Pipeline Program
Applications are being accepted for a new class of the Physician Pipeline Preparatory Program or P4, a partnership between SIU School of Medicine and the Springfield Public Schools (SPS).
The after-school program is designed for freshman high school students interested in becoming physicians. P4 students continue in the program throughout high school, having their career interests nurtured through classroom and enrichment activities on medical topics.
"I hope we can get a new group of students to join us who are as keen about becoming physicians as the group of seventeen who just graduated from our program. All of those seventeen are premed majors and plan to become physicians," said Dr. Wesley Robinson-McNeese, executive assistant to the dean for diversity, multicultural and minority affairs.
Informational meetings for prospective parents and students will be held during the week of September 16 at the various high schools in Springfield. Representatives from SIU and SPS will discuss the program and answer questions from the audience.
Applications can be obtained at www.siumed.edu/diversity and must be submitted by 4 p.m. October 8 to the Security Office at SIU School of Medicine, 801 N. Rutledge Street, Springfield.
The selected students will be introduced November 12. P4 sessions are scheduled for November 12 - 21, January 22 - 29 and May 5 - 15, 2014.
The curriculum for the program was developed by faculty and staff from both Springfield Schools and the SIU medical school. The P4 components for the after-school program include participation in medical school-style curriculum; introduction to problem-based learning; tours and shadowing, and interactions with SIU students and faculty.