Students Named to SIU Med School-Springfield Schools Program


November 12, 2013

Students Named to SIU Med School-Springfield Schools Program

Twenty ninth-grade students in Springfield have been selected for a program to encourage local high school students interested in becoming physicians. Also, three new sophomores have been added, replacing students who left the program last year. Called the Physician Pipeline Preparatory Program or P4, the program is a partnership between Southern Illinois University School of Medicine and the Springfield Public Schools (SPS).

“I'm excited to begin the fifth year of the Pipeline program with a new cohort of high school students who are eager to learn about the life of medical students and physician careers,” said Dr. Wesley Robinson-McNeese, executive assistant to the dean for diversity, multicultural and minority affairs at SIU. “Together with current Pipeline students, these young people represent a bright future for health care in central and southern Illinois.”

The freshman students were selected by a committee with members from both partners. They submitted letters of recommendation, a personal statement and a summary of volunteer, school and community activities, all of which needed to reflect superior academic performance, high levels of motivation and a sincere interest in pursuing medical careers. Eight of the freshmen and two of the new sophomores are minority students.

“It is an honor to partner with SIU Medical School and offer the P4 experience to students who live in the Springfield Public School District 186 boundaries. This is a great example of a community collaboration that brings real-time school learning experiences to life,” said Robert Leming, interim superintendent, Springfield Public Schools. “These experiences motivate students to learn and provide a great career educational opportunity that can never be possible in the traditional classroom setting.

The P4 modules began this week and run through Nov. 21, as well as next winter and spring, January 22 – 29 and May 5 – 15, 2014.

The sessions will be held after school for three hours. The curriculum for the pilot 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 (PBL); tours and shadowing, and interactions with SIU students and faculty.

The freshmen students selected, their parents and high schools are:

• Ayooluwa Afolayan, daughter of Michael and Precious Afolayan, Springfield High School

• Elsie Andres, daughter of Geoff and Ellen Andres, Sacred Heart-Griffin

• Maddie Andres, daughter of Geoff and Ellen Andres, Sacred Heart-Griffin

• David Bruns, son of Gregg and Maureen Bruns, Home School

• Madison Dilley, daughter of David and Sonya Dilley, Lanphier High School

• Kyzah Harris, daughter of Stephanie Harris and Gerald Curtis, Jr., Southeast High School

• Youssef Hassan, son of Saber Hassan and Soad Soliman, Springfield High School

• Kelvin Hatchett, daughter of Erica Jones, Southeast High Schoo

• Amaya Henderson, daughter of Anita Robinson and Arriel Williams, Southeast High School

• Kien Ho, son of Luc Ho and Quy Vo, Southeast High School

• Krishi Korrapati, son of Krishnaiah Korrapati and Lavanya Boddu, Springfield High School

• Lauren Madonia, daughter of Stephen and Tracy Madonia, Sacred Heart-Griffin

• Arianne Moody, daughter of David and Conny Moody, Springfield High School

• Jesse Nicoletta, son of Mike and Jane Nicoletta, Southeast High School

• Jordan Price, son of Samantha Williams, Springfield High School

• Odysee Riggs, daughter of Nancy Riggs and Royce Byron, Lanphier High School

• Dayshia Rogers-Gordon, daughter of Melissa Rogers, Lanphier High School

• Hannah Seck, daughter of Steve and Tammy Seck, Southeast High School

• Emily Thornberry, daughter of Timothy and Linda Thornberry, Sacred Heart-Griffin

• Kensington VanHouten, daughter of Gregory and Jeanna VanHouten, Sacred Heart-Griffin

New sophomore students, their parents and high schools are:

• Elijah Baylor, son of Terrye Baylor, Lanphier High School

• Nubia Fokum, son of Frida and Ben Fokum, Rochester High School

• Lindsay Stine, daughter of Kim Stine, Home Schooled

Media Contacts

Karen Carlson,
SIU, 217-545-3854


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