September 4, 2013
SIU School of Medicine Ranked 13th in Training of Primary Care Physicians
Southern Illinois University School of Medicine ranked 13 out of 161 institutions nationwide in the graduate-level training of primary care physicians, according to a new study published in the September issue of Academic Medicine.
The study evaluated outcome measures of social accountability for residency and fellowship training programs. These measures included the percentage of graduates who entered primary care practices and the percentage of graduates who practiced in medically underserved settings. The primary care definition included practices dedicated to family medicine, general internal medicine, and general pediatrics. Results were reported for sponsoring institutions that produced more than 200 residency and fellowship graduates between 2006 and 2008.
During that period, SIU’s residency programs graduated 268 resident physicians and fellows, 98 of whom (37 percent) chose to pursue practices in primary care. SIU’s residency programs, located in Springfield, Carbondale, Quincy and Decatur, produced 81 family physicians, nine general internists and eight general pediatricians during that three-year period. These figures placed SIU number 13 among 161 sponsoring institutions, which included medical schools, medical groups and hospitals. The University of Nevada-Reno School of Medicine ranked first.
When only main campus medical schools are considered, Dr. Jerry Kruse, executive associate dean and CEO of SIU HealthCare found that, “Among the medical schools in the top 13, SIU ranks first in physicians who practice in Health Professional Shortage Areas (27%) and first in physicians who practice in medically-underserved practices (12%).” Using that parameter, SIU would also rank second in physicians practicing in rural areas (16%) and third in the training of primary physicians (37%).
“Health is improved when care is longitudinally coordinated by a primary care physician,” said Dr. J. Kevin Dorsey, Ph.D., dean and provost. “SIU School of Medicine is proud to train primary care physicians.”
The Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) projects a shortage of about 91,500 physicians by 2020. According to the AAMC 2013 Missions Management Tool, SIU School of Medicine ranked among the top 10 percent of U.S. medical schools whose recent medical school graduates (2009-11) pursued primary care and rural careers.
SIU School of Medicine is a public medical school established in 1970 and focused on the health care needs of downstate Illinois. An international leader in medical education, the school is based in Carbondale and Springfield and is specifically oriented to educating new physicians prepared to practice in Illinois communities. Since opening, more than 2,500 physicians have graduated from its program. Its website is www.siumed.edu.